Clinical Report on Water Births
the MPR take:
A new clinical report, published by Committees from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, states that while water births have been growing in popularity they have not been shown to improve perinatal outcomes and that the safety and efficacy of underwater deliveries has not been established. Immersion during the first stage of labor should be done only in facilities that have stringent protocols in place which include infection control procedures, maintenance and cleaning of tubs/pools, and monitoring of the mother so she can be safely moved if concerns develop. The Committees agree that during the second stage of labor, immersion in water should be considered experimental and should only be performed via clinical trial.
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