For thousands of years women have been using water to ease labor and facilitate birth. The water reduces gravity’s pull, the warmth helps ease the pains of labor, and both allow moms to move around freely and achieve a level of comfort that, in turn, reduces their levels of fear and anxiety. When labor becomes physically easier, a women’s ability to calmly concentrate is improved and she is able to focus inward on the birth process.
The ease of the mother who labors and gives birth in water is transferred to the child. The water offers a familiar comfort after the stress of the birth, reassuring the child and allowing for a gentle transition to life outside mom’s womb.
Using water in labor and birth:
We offer a Birth-in-a-Box birthtub for rent. It is a large inflatable tub specially designed for use in labor. Its dimensions are 76” x 65” x 28” and holds approximately 170 gallons and can easily accommodate two people. It includes a pump for inflating and deflating, a pump for emptying and an individual disposable liner. The rental fee is $75 and one of us will bring it over to help set it up and after the birth will break it down and take it with us when we leave. You will need to purchase a tarp, a potable hose and adapter for your home facet.