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Water Birth

As part of our comprehensive birth services to women and families, University of Colorado Health offers water birth through the Center for Midwifery at University of Colorado Hospital in Metro Denver.

What is a water birth?

In a water birth, a woman immerses herself in a large tub of warm water during labor and delivery. A UCHealth certified nurse midwife is there to offer support and guidance throughout the process. The nurse midwife also monitors the baby's well-being by listening to the heart beat at regular intervals.

Many women find that the safe, tranquil environment helps them relax. Research done on this birthing method suggests that it decreases labor pain, encourages dilation and reduces tearing of the perineum during birth. In addition, many who are familiar with both traditional and water delivery methods say that water birth babies appear calmer at birth.

At UCH, women who choose water birth can get in and out of the tub, shower, walk or sit on a birthing ball to help induce labor. They can also choose to receive an epidural or intravenous medication to help them manage pain. A woman can also use the warm water to soothe labor, but then elect to deliver outside the tub.

Learn more about water birth at UCHealth

Not every woman is a candidate for water birth. Prenatal evaluations and in-labor assessments determine whether water birth is a safe option for each woman.

To learn more about water birth, please call Jessica Anderson at 720-985-7349. To make an appointment for a free consultation, call the Center for Midwifery at 720-848-1700.

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