We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us
Thermo Fisher Scientific - Direct Effect Media

Download Mobile App


ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.

Water Births Are No More Risky Than Land Births

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 18 Dec 2019
Print article
A new study suggests that water births are safe, and that women who take advantage of them sustain fewer first and second-degree tears.

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M; Ann Arbor, USA) conducted a retrospective study that analyzed 397 water births and 2,025 land births from two midwifery practices in a hospital setting. Land birth cases were excluded if they included issues that would preclude them from water birth, such as an epidural, meconium stained fluid, chorioamnionitis, gestational age lower than 37 weeks, or a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 kg/m2. Neonatal outcomes included Apgar score and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (nICU); maternal outcomes included perineal lacerations and postpartum hemorrhage.

The results revealed that there were no differences in outcomes between waterbirth and land birth for nICU admissions (1.8% versus 2.5%, respectively), nor for Apgar scores. Women in the water birth group were less likely to sustain a first‐ or second‐degree laceration, and postpartum hemorrhage rates were similar for both groups. Similar results were obtained when evaluating a land birth subset matched on insurance, hospital location, and parity using propensity scores. The study was published on December 10, 2019, in the journal Birth.

“In this study, water birth was not associated with increased risk to neonates, extensive perineal lacerations, or postpartum hemorrhage,” conclude senior author Professor Lisa Kane Low, PhD, of the U-M School of Nursing. “The long and short of it is that if you use proper techniques...the outcomes are very good. They mirror what we see in international studies of water birth.”

Water immersion during labor is an effective comfort measure for the mother, who gives birth in a water-filled tub, rather than in a hospital bed. Once birthed in the water, the babies are brought out almost immediately, and take their first breath once removed from the tub. Until then, their lungs are filled with water, which is displaced when they hit the air and breathe. The connected umbilical cord provides oxygen. It is important not to re-submerge the babies.

Related Links:
University of Michigan

Print article


Critical Care

view channel
Image: Triage Cardiac Panel is a rapid, POC fluorescence immunoassay used with Triage MeterPro (Photo courtesy of Quidel)

Quidel Triage Cardiac Panel Facilitates Rapid POC Diagnosis of Chest Pain Patients in ED

Chest and abdominal pain are the most common reasons that persons aged 15 years and over visit the emergency department (ED). Because both emergency and non-emergency care are provided, symptoms vary widely... Read more

Surgical Techniques

view channel
Image: Resolute Onyx DES helps address all DES needs and numerous patient anatomies (Photo courtesy of Medtronic)

Medtronic’s Latest Generation Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent System Offers Dual-Layer Balloon Technology

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death and is caused by plaque buildup on the inside of the coronary arteries. These plaque deposits can narrow or clog the inside of the arteries,... Read more

Patient Care

view channel
Image: Future wearable health tech could measure gases released from skin (Photo courtesy of Pexels)

Wearable Health Tech Could Measure Gases Released From Skin to Monitor Metabolic Diseases

Most research on measuring human biomarkers, which are measures of a body’s health, rely on electrical signals to sense the chemicals excreted in sweat. But sensors that rely on perspiration often require... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: AI can reveal a patient`s heart health (Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic)

AI Trained for Specific Vocal Biomarkers Could Accurately Predict Coronary Artery Disease

Earlier studies have examined the use of voice analysis for identifying voice markers associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure. Other research groups have explored the use of similar... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2022 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.