We will soon be posting a secure area for providers to download current research documents about waterbirth and to learn more about becoming Credentialed in the use of water for labor and birth. Many insurance providers are now insisting on a Credentialing process  Waterbirth International has created a method to comply with this request. 

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"I can´t tell in a couple of words how much I enjoyed giving birth to our little Danika. I was so inspired by the literature I found and I knew this was the chance of a life time, to experience giving birth in a gentle, loving ambience with my husband... This is certainly one of the best moments of my life.

Thank you for providing information and inspiration to women seeking more gentle choices for their babies births."

-Catalina, mother of:


Danika Maris
Born at Home 4/8/2006
Dorval, Quebec



submitted 4/20/2006




"All I could think of was, 'Aah. Relief!!'  A soothing, relaxing, warmth engulfed me. I love warm baths and it just seemed so natural and relaxing."

-Bethany, mother of:


Born 12/11/1997
at a Birth Center
Battle Creek, MI





Support in water is one of the most beneficial things that can be offered to a woman in labor.  The water provides a calming influence and a peaceful relaxed atmosphere. Women report that they enjoy their labors and find that the water allows complete freedom of movement and deep concentration.

Eliza enjoying her labor in a Gentle Birth Pool


"Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water, yet in dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. The soft overcomes the hard, the gentle overcomes the rigid"
--Te Ching 1021

Known benefits of water labor and waterbirth

•  Facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and birth

•  Speeds up labor

•  Reduces blood pressure

•  Gives mother more feelings of control

•  Provides significant pain relief

•  Promotes relaxation

•  Conserves her energy

•  Reduces the need for drugs and interventions 
•  Gives mother a private protected space

•  Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies

•  Reduces cesarean section rates
•  Is highly rated by mothers - typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again

•  Is highly rated by experienced providers

•  Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby


Placing a pool of water in a birth room changes the atmosphere immediately.  Voices get softer, the mother stays calmer and everyone becomes less stressed.


The effect of buoyancy that deep water immersion creates allows spontaneous movement of the mother.  No one has to help the mother get into a new position. She moves as her body and the position of the baby dictate.  Movement helps open the pelvis, allowing the baby to descend.


When a woman in labor relaxes in a warm deep bath, free from gravity’s pull on her body, with sensory stimulation reduced, her body is less likely to secrete stress-related hormones. This allows her body to produce the pain inhibitors-endorphins-that complement labor. Noradrenaline and catecholamines, the hormones that are released during stress, actually raise the blood pressure and can inhibit or slow labor. A laboring woman who is able to relax physically, is able to relax mentally as well. Many women, midwives, and doctors acknowledge the analgesic effect of water. Thousands of these mothers state they would never be able to consider laboring without water again.




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