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The Birth Plan: Exploring Water Birth Philippines

Medically reviewed by Ann Guevarra MD, OB-GYN Diplomate, POGS · Obstetrics and Gynecology

Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Jul 18, 2022

    The Birth Plan: Exploring Water Birth Philippines

    Water birth is a natural way of giving birth in a deep bath or birthing pool. Being in water during labor has been demonstrated to reduce discomfort and to be more calming and soothing as compared to being out of water. One good thing about water birth Philippines is that it provides you the support you need for your weight. This allows you to move and feel more in control during labor. 

    This article outlines the considerations, risks, and benefits of water birth in the Philippines to assist you in preparing for and developing a birth plan.

    The baby is born underwater during a water birth. A designated care team will collaborate with you to ensure the safety of both you and your child throughout the process. Being well-informed is vital to prevent hassles and other complications.

    Who Are Water Births For?

    Doctors and midwives usually suggest water delivery as an option to those women who are:

    • Healthy with a low-risk pregnancy
    • Able to reach the 37th week without complications or problems
    • Carrying only one baby, which is situated on head-down positioning

    However, it may not be suitable for those who have:

    • High-risk pregnancy
    • A preterm baby (under 37 weeks)
    • A post term baby (41 to 42 weeks)
    • A baby in a breech position.
    • Twins, triplets, or even more than on the way
    • Active herpes
    • Pre-eclampsia
    • Any infection that may put the baby at harm
    • High labor temperature
    • Been experiencing bleeding
    • Been experiencing induced labor.
    • A baby that has passed meconium before or during labor. Meconium is the baby’s first stool; it is also an indication that the baby is under stress or already post-term.
    • A baby in need of continuous monitoring through a CTG machine or cardiotocogram, which measures not just the fetal heart rate but also the mother’s contractions.
    • Had a cesarean section from previous delivery experience
    • Water that has been broken for more than 24 hours

    Other potential risks may include:

    • Baby’s risk of hypothermia when pool water is too cold
    • Inability to use several machines for monitoring
    • Infection that may be present in the birthing pool

    Where Can the Water Birth Delivery Take Place?

    You can have your baby delivered right at the comfort of your home, provided that there is a place for the birthing pool. But, you may also consider having it at the designated birthing centers or hospitals that offer this type of delivery. 

    Why is Water Birth Philippines Beneficial for Moms Out There?

    Water birth can bring about several benefits for you and your baby. 

    It provides a more relaxing birth experience

    Some women have reported that giving delivery in water is relaxing, reducing stress not only to them but also to their newborn baby. The amniotic sac-like environment of the birthing pool is comparable to that of the amniotic sac. As a result, it reduces the stress of childbirth, increasing comfort and security.

    Moreover, the water provides a great sense of security that can reduce such feelings of inhibitions, anxiety, and even fear.

    It seeks a shorter time for labor

    Several women find it helpful to shift and reposition themselves during labor due to the buoyancy of the water, which can assist contractions to go more smoothly.

    There is less need for pain medication

    Because the warm water in the birthing tub can help you relax, it may also cause the production of more endorphins and boost blood supply to the uterine muscles. This can help you naturally manage the labor pains.

    The perineum becomes more elastic and relaxed when exposed to water, which decreases the likelihood and severity of tears, as well as the need for an episiotomy and stitches.

    It helps you to be more present in the birth experience

    As the laboring woman relaxes physically in the pool, she also relaxes mentally, making it easier for her to concentrate on the birthing process.

    Key Takeaways

    As an expecting mom who considers water birth Philippines as an option for delivery, it is important that you come up with a birth plan ahead of time. Taking into consideration all the things mentioned above should help you decide where to have your delivery and also what to expect from it. 

    It would be handy to prepare a backup or plan B in case there are unanticipated changes that may happen during the run. Always consult your doctor for the best birth plan for you and your baby. 

    Learn more about Labor and Delivery here


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Ann Guevarra MD, OB-GYN Diplomate, POGS

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Jul 18, 2022

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