Water, fire, earth, air. Four elements needed for our survival. You can not live without water. Our bodies are made mostly of water. Maybe that is why more and more women are drawn toward the water to give birth.
Water Birth is safe, gentle and blissful. Buoyancy helps uterine contractions, and better blood circulation. Better blood circulation means more oxygen for the baby. Being in water for labor reduces pain and increases relaxation. Water relaxes the pelvic floor muscles and reduces the need for episiotomy. The list of water birth benefits goes on and on.
If you are planning a home birth, a birth tub is one option for pain reduction.
Birth Into Being: The Russian Waterbirth Experience is the movie that helped me realize how important gentle birth is for our future. I hope you enjoy this excerpt.