Water Birth; method, benefits and indications in comparison with normal vaginal delivery in women parturient in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences' hospitals

Ghasemi, M.; Valiani, M.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p48
Academic Journal
Introduction: Water Birth is a method to achieve painless delivery. As it has been used in many developed countries for many years but it is unknown method in Iran yet, so we decided to study this method of delivery. Water Birth is a type of alternative obstetrics method for natural normal vaginal delivery; it is associated with low risks for both mother and child when obstetrical guidelines are followed. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive comparative study, we compare water births with normal vaginal delivery in some multiparous women who referred to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences' hospitals for delivery. All cases had previous normal vaginal delivery and in this pregnancy had no history of medical and surgical disease, using drugs, vaginal bleeding, preeclampsia and any obstetrics complications. Fetal heart rate checked in both first and second stage of labor in water. Results: We did not prove any life or health threatening complication and occurrence of bleeding hypotonic uterus, infections or hypotension by parturient or by their newborns. Experience of birth itself is more satisfying after a birth in water. The episiotomy rate has dropped from a previous rate higher than 80% to a rate lower than 15% (7). Conclusion: According to the results that significant differences in problems during and after labor have not been reported in our study, and also this type of delivery have no risk for mother and babies, it is better to do this method as a principal method for our countries parturient.


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