[PDF] Immersion in water during labour and birth

Source:
Royal College of Midwives - RCM
Publisher:
Royal College of Midwives
Publication date:
31 March 2006

Abstract

Both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives support labouring in water for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. The evidence to support underwater birth is less clear but complications are seemingly rare. If good practice guidelines are followed in relation to infection control, management of cord rupture and strict adherence to eligibility criteria, these complications should be further reduced.