Water for labour and birth: getting back to the art of doing nothing

Cooper, Megan, Warland, Jane and McCutcheon, Helen (2017) Water for labour and birth: getting back to the art of doing nothing. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 27 1: 53-58.

Author Cooper, Megan
Warland, Jane
McCutcheon, Helen
Title Water for labour and birth: getting back to the art of doing nothing
Journal name MIDIRS Midwifery Digest   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0961-5555
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 58
Total pages 6
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Midwives Information and Resource Service
Language eng
Abstract Despite the documented anecdotal benefits and an increasing global uptake by facilities and practitioners, the practice of water immersion (WI) for labour and birth continues to be challenged on a number of fronts. The combination of a pregnant woman with a bath of water remains problematic for many, with consistent challenges raised about the associated risk and therefore safety of the practice. Whilst there is a recognised paucity of rigorous research surrounding WI there is evidence to suggest that water provides more than just physical benefits to women. However, practitioner fear remains a barrier to the adoption of WI in maternity care units around the globe as does the riskaverse views that suggest that water is just too risky. Despite this, there is emerging evidence to suggest that many practitioners view WI as just another mode of birth and therefore, no riskier than birth on land. This paper considers these issues in the context of contemporary maternity care and discusses WI as a way of restoring women's choice and the midwifery philosophy of birth as a normal physiological event.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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