Water Births Specialist

Providence Women's Healthcare

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Roswell, Suwanee, & Atlanta, GA

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience. How you deliver your baby is an important part of your experience. Providence Women's Healthcare in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, Georgia, offers women many birthing options, including water births. Find out more about water births and your other birthing options by calling the office most convenient to you or booking an appointment online today.

Water Births Q & A

What are water births?

Water births are a type of birthing option for pregnant women. During a water birth, you sit in a birthing pool filled with warm water during your labor. 

Water births may take place at a hospital or birthing center. This type of birthing option may help you feel more at ease during your labor. Water birthing centers also have a more home-like feel. 

Providence Women's Healthcare offers water births at Wellstar North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia. The certified nurse-midwives at the practice assist with this birthing experience.  

What are the benefits of water births?

Water births offer benefits to both you and your baby. Many women report feeling more relaxed during a water birth. They also report that it’s a less painful experience and shortens their labor. 

Women who have water births during their first stage of labor have fewer epidurals and a lower risk of adverse effects. The first stage of labor is when your contractions first start and continue until your cervix dilates. 

Because it helps you feel more relaxed, doctors theorize that water birthing may improve blood flow to your cervix and reduce your risk of severe vaginal tearing. 

There’s also some evidence that a water birth during the first stage of labor benefits your baby. 

Once you reach stage two of labor, which is when your cervix is fully dilated, you need to step out of the water. Delivering your baby underwater is considered experimental and risky. 

Being out of the water during the second stage of labor allows your healthcare provider to move quickly in case you need an emergency cesarean section. 

Am I a candidate for water births?

Providence Women's Healthcare recommends all expectant mothers take a detailed educational course provided by Wellstar North Fulton Hospital to learn more about water births. Then, you can decide if it’s the type of birthing experience you want for you and your baby.

You, your doctor, and your midwife decide what birthing option makes the best choice for you based on you and your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy and labor. 

Find out more about water births at Providence Women's Healthcare by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online today.