Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour Speaking on Water Birth:
Here’s why you should also go for a water birth like actress Shveta Salve
Experts say that there are many benefits of a water birth and more and more Indians today are opting for it
Actress Shveta Salve, who just announced her pregnancy
on Instagram, has said that she would be going for a water birth.
“I plan to deliver my baby in Goa, as my parents live there. Maharashtrians follow a tradition — the first child is born in the maternal grandmother’s house. I will opt for a water birth. Goa has many home birth centres, so it will be apt,” she said in an interview
Understanding the concept of a water birth
“Water Birthing is an alternative birthing method where the mother delivers inside a pool of heated water. Water labour meanwhile is a method in which she labours in water but delivers outside,” says Dr Shelly Singh, MD (Senior consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology) Primus Super-Speciality Hospital in Chanakyapuri, Delhi.
The basic theory is that the baby spends nine months in the amniotic fluid and in this method it is a similar water-based environment that is gentler and less stressful for the baby, she adds.
Dr Shelly lists the steps of a water birth:
- The mother enters water once she is in active labour.
- She is constantly monitored using water proof dopplers and monitors by obstetricians or doulas (trained birth professionals) who give her constant medical, emotional and physical support.
- Once the baby is delivered in water, he/ she is immediately raised out of water before he/ she takes his/ her first breath.
- The baby doesn’t drown, therefore, water births are safe for the baby too.
Benefits of a water birth
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