Check out this article in last week’s Victoria Times Colonist LIFE section on the rising popularity of water births.
Water births, undergoing labour and bringing a baby into the world while immersed in a small pool, appears to be gaining more support.
Testimonials say the warmth and buoyant support of the water make birth more comfortable. Meanwhile, medical research is increasingly declaring it safe for those mothers who qualify.
…In British Columbia, the B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver has been performing water deliveries in a few cases since 1998. Also, the College of Midwives of British Columbia has had formal guidelines on the use of water immersion during labour and birth since 2001 and updated them in 2010 and 2014.