10.09.2008

Waterbirth Video

Oh - this is a great birth video. Watch the external fetal rotation as babe just spins out!

15 comments:

Jill said...

Now that's one state-of-the-art birth tub! Going to the Youtube page now to see what country this is from.

Christina said...

Great video - in the clear tub, it was easy to see how clear the water stayed, something several of my clients have expressed concern over (the ick factor) re: water birth. Beautiful!

The only thing is that I've seen so few waterbirths where the mom isn't semi-sitting. Did that tub have an backrest or something? I wonder if it's removable so mom could choose different positions...

Rebekah Costello said...

That was wonderful!

Teapot said...

wow that is a mama that knows her body!

Michelle M. said...

That is incredible! She delivered that baby all on her own. Wow! Thanks for sharing that.

MamaVee said...

That was beautiful, but after the baby was out, Mama left baby underwater for nearly 30 seconds. This seems like a long time to me. I've seen this done in some other videos as well, is there a safe amount of time for baby to stay underwater? How long is too long?

deliciousmelissa said...

i wonder alongside mamavee, and did some research:
1. change in temperature seemed to be the only solid answer i could find! i came across all the explanations of the fluid the baby's lungs are filled with until labor begins, which then begins to dissapaite and once blood flow from the umbilical cord is cut they are completely on their own for oxygen, but no solid explanations on the exact moment/reason they start to breathe on their own. is this the answer? i wonder...
http://www.thinkbaby.co.uk/news/article/mps/uan/1235#

really neat video though, thanks for posting!!

anjie said...

It also made me nervous to see the baby under the water so long.

It was a beautiful birth. Loved how she rubbed baby's head as it emerged.

cool birth tub. Easy for birth attendant to see whats going on.

slh35661 said...

I want that tub!

childbirthvideos said...

the mummy is so lucky to have an intervention free birth, and to be able to take her time to deliver and catch the baby in her own hands..

that is a great wish for many women.

-childbirthvideos-

Love This Life... said...

Wow - incredibly beautiful to watch that birth ... I was so impressed with the mother's poise and how comfortable she appeared to be and in control of the situation!! Awesome!

Anonymous said...

to deliciousmelissa

a little more info on that..

so when a baby is still inside its mother it has fluid in its lungs. when the labour starts this fluid is squeezed out via the contractions (an additional reason for contractions). so by the time the baby leaves the birth canal the liquid isnt in the lungs anymore.

the baby should really not be left under the water that lung. there is a lot of reason behind that first breath of air the baby takes once it is fully birthed. it closes a lot of things in the heart that are there to help with fetal circulation. they are no longer needed after birth and it is very important that they close so the baby can develope a normal circulation. if a baby is under water that long it is harder for those things to close (esp if they take their first breath under water). the baby starts breathing on its own right away...so to prevent anything that might go wrong the baby should be brought out of the water much sooner (in my opinion). if you arent so worried about this though i guess it doesnt matter. i for one though would not want my child under the water that long for fear of them not closing something (like their foramen ovale) which they might need to have a surgical correction for later or for fear of them developing something like asthma...

Monica said...

That was fantastic! I loved how she was rubbing her little babies head as he emerged from her. So beautiful!

meirna777 said...

temperature change causes baby to take its first breath, cold air on the face and umbilicus causes the breathing reflex, if the baby stays under water, it goes on recieving oxygen through the umbilus untill brought to the surface, letting the baby stay under water for a bit is no more harmfull then letting him stay in the womb would be, but once baby is brought to the surface, he should not be submerged again, as his breathing reflex will have been triggered.

Whitney Bloom said...

@MamaVee: Newborn babies can breathe underwater for a short time. This is also only possible before the umbilical cord is cut, as the baby will use this to 'breathe' before it can use its proper lungs. The baby will not take a breath of air until it is above the water's surface.

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