The idea of giving birth in water is really popular – the majority of my clients say they would love to. But what is it that attracts us to birthing in water? And why do people rave about it so much?
Here are my top 5 benefits of giving birth in water...
You've seen it, right? (If you haven't, this picture tells you a lot of what you need to know!) Of course Friends is a comedy, not a documentary, but this episode is not that different in its content and feel to most of what we see on the TV when it comes to birth.
And that's the trouble - because when we see this type of birth a lot, we think its pretty much how it is. That's what birth looks like, right?
Wrong! So much of this episode is totally unrealistic, and totally unhelpful for birth in real life! Let's look at some of the issues...
Do you feel anxious at the thought of giving birth at home? Or do you think 'That sounds great...but I don't know how safe I'd feel...'
We only started giving birth in hospitals in the last century. Prior to that everybody gave birth at home. So let's look at what the evidence says about the safety of home birth!