Are Water Births Safe and Effective?

Water births are promoted as a more relaxing and pain-free way of giving birth. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly recommends the second stage of labor and delivery take place "on land, not in water." The organization says there is not sufficient data to assess the benefits and risks, and serious infections have been reported. Rigorous pool cleaning and infections\ control protocols must be followed when used, even for first stage labor.

PositiveTip: Considering a water birth? Consult carefully with your obstetrician about the risks and benefits.