Hydrotherapy and Water Birth Delivery Options at Ohio State

Hydrotherapy and Water Birth Delivery Options at Ohio State


We often provide hydrotherapy, which is labor
in the tub. In water birth we actually have birthing tubs that are available in the labor
and delivery unit that get set up and that allows women the opportunity to actually birth
their baby in the water. It’s a really nice transition for the babies cause they’re going
from being in an environment surrounded by amniotic fluid to then warm water. Those babies
tend to be calmer initially when they’re born. The transition is more gentle and most women
really do report that they’ve had less need for pain medication, less need for epidural
and most women have greater satisfaction with their birth process cause they’re free to
be able to move into whatever position they would like. We have the option to provide
hydrotherapy where women labor in the tub but not necessarily birth in the tub. And
currently what we’re doing right now is just having women get out of the tub at the last
minute and then during the pushing stage they deliver their baby in whatever position is
comfortable for them. If you’re interested in a water birth please discuss this with
your care provider.

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