Water birth options

Water birth options

Many Allina Health Birth Centers offer the option of laboring in a tub of warm water.

Some centers also offer water birth to pregnant people 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, they are 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.

Related resources

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, eighth edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/06/2021