Napa Valley Water Birthing

Napa Valley homebirth, waterbirth, water birth, Sonoma home birth, Petaluma Midwives

Why Birth in Water?

Water birthing is the gentle process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor in the water, as a pain and anxiety management technique and then get out for delivery Other women decide to stay in the water for the actual birth as well. The theory behind water birth is that since the baby has already been in the amniotic fluid sac for nine months, birthing in a similar environment is gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother.

Evidence shows that in reducing the stress of labor and delivery, while promoting gentle births, fetal complications are reduced.

During a water birth, the calming warm water soothes you as your labor progresses, reducing stress hormones and releasing endorphins, which can naturally relieve your pain. 

water_birth napa valley midwife

Benefits for Mother & Baby

.Laboring & birthing in water offers a myriad of benefits for momma and baby.

1. Less Discomfort:

Buoyancy promotes more efficient uterine contractions and improved blood circulation resulting in better oxygenation of the uterine muscles, less pain for the mother,

2. More oxygen for the baby, fewer stress hormones and promotes a gentle birth

.3. Immersion in warm water often helps lower high blood pressure caused by anxiety, reduces physical and emotional discomfort

4. Gives Momma a sense of control and ease in the process of laboring.