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Parto en Agua Protocolos – En Español

Parto en Agua Protocolos – En Español

Proveer atención apropiada, efectiva y eficiente a los individuos que están en el proceso del parto, y que están en los varios estados de buena o mala salud, por medio de un proceso continuo de colección, amillaramiento, intervención y evaluación de los hechos, y por...

Exploring Birth Movements in Water

Exploring Birth Movements in Water

Exploration if different positions for waterbirth. (from The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger) [pdf-embedder url="https://waterbirth.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Birth-Movements-Kitzinger-1-1.pdf" title="Birth Movements-...

Waterbirth Certification Tour-Spain 2017

Waterbirth Certification Tour-Spain 2017

2017 Spain Waterbirth Certification Tour As the educational Director of Waterbirth International, I toured six cities in Spain this May, offering Professional Waterbirth Certification Courses in four cities. The courses were held in hospitals in Barcelona, Algeciras...

Neonatal Outcomes of Waterbirth

Neonatal Outcomes of Waterbirth

In 2015, 9% of babies born in the UK were delivered underwater. Waterbirth is increasing in popularity, despite uncertainty regarding its safety for neonates. This systematic review and meta-analysis appraises the existing evidence for neonatal outcomes following...

NZCM Consensus Statement: The Use of Water for Labour and Birth

NZCM Consensus Statement: The Use of Water for Labour and Birth

The New Zealand College of Midwives (Inc) supports warm water immersion for women during labour as a method of pain management. There is no evidence that remaining in water for the birth of the baby leads to adverse outcomes for the mother or baby where the labour has...

The Effect of Waterbirth on Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity

The Effect of Waterbirth on Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity

The effect of waterbirth on neonatal mortality and morbidity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The meta-analyses of 12 studies showed that for the majority of outcomes measured in this review there is little difference between waterbirth and landbirth groups....

NHS Urges Home Births Over Hospitals

NHS Urges Home Births Over Hospitals

LONDON — Reversing a generation of guidance on childbirth, Britain’s National Health Service on Wednesday advised healthy women that it was safer to have their babies at home, or in a birth center, than in a hospital. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies — about 45...

AABC – Position Statement

AABC – Position Statement

The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) member birth centers have read with concern the recently released ACOG/AAP Committee Opinion, "Immersion in Water during Labor and Delivery". AABC agrees that published randomized controlled trials provide evidence...

Cochrane – Immersion in Water in Labour and Birth (Review)

Cochrane – Immersion in Water in Labour and Birth (Review)

  This review includes 12 trials (3243 women): eight related to just the first stage of labour: one to early versus late immersion in the first stage of labour; two to the first and second stages; and another to the second stage only. We identified no trials...

Calvin McCulloh – Corvallis, OR – First Waterbirth at Good Sam

Calvin McCulloh – Corvallis, OR – First Waterbirth at Good Sam

Kate McCulloh already was at the hospital, in active labor with her second son, when she and her husband, Matt McCord, learned that a birth in water was an option. She dove at the opportunity: “Hell, yeah; let’s do it.” About 90 minutes later, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday,...

Helping Women Achieve What They Want in a Hospital

Helping Women Achieve What They Want in a Hospital

  Today, with more and more media attention given to home birth, gentle birth and waterbirth, women across the country are asking how to get that type of experience in their local hospitals. Hospitals and providers have questions, too, and some places are...

RCOG RCM Joint Statement

RCOG RCM Joint Statement

Both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives support labouring in water for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. [pdf-embedder url="https://waterbirth.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/rcog_rcm_birth_in_water.pdf"...

Collaborative Waterbirth Audit

Collaborative Waterbirth Audit

A collaborative audit between ten units with data collected during 2001. This paper explores the issues of 'waterbirth' evidence- based practice. [pdf-embedder...