Laboring in water vs. giving birth in water

Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains the differences between water labor and water birth, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
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Laboring in water vs. giving birth in water

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When one talks about water birthing, I think that many people confuse water laboring and water birth. Water labor, which could either include sitting in a tub during the course of labor or sitting in a shower, is very advantageous for allowing people to get by without major anesthetic. Water birth is delivering in a tub, and some people choose to do that because they think that it is advantageous for the baby and that it is better for the mother. I personally believe that water birthing is not particularly safe. I have seen problems with it, and I'm not particularly an advocate of it.
PREGNANCY, Childbirth, Birth Methods

Obstetrician Paul Crane, MD, explains the differences between water labor and water birth, and the advantages and disadvantages of each

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Paul Crane, MD

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Paul Crane, MD, is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and has practiced for more than 30 years. He specializes in natural childbirth and VBAC births in his practice in Beverly Hills. Paul is the father of six children ranging in age from 18 to 40. In his free time, he enjoys photography. Even after 30 years, one of his favorite things to do is deliver babies. 

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