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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...