Many Allina Health Birth Centers offer the option of laboring in a tub of warm water.
Some centers also offer water birth to mothers with a low-risk pregnancy. The water allows you freedom of movement and helps you concentrate on coping with the contractions while in labor. When your baby is born, he is placed on your chest in the tub.
For both labor and birth, your contractions and your baby's heart rate will be monitored.
Our pregnancy care section gives additional information about water births.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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