This joint statement was based on a new study, which was based on 18000 births, 35% of which were waterbirths.
The joint statement focused on the following:
- Benefits for mothers
- Benefits for babies
- In 6521 waterbirths, no deaths were attributed to being born in water.
- May reduce unnecessary interventions and support physiologic birth, which may be especiallybeneficial to women of color
- Includes guidelines for safety
One of the most important points of the joint statement, and also of the ICEA Position Paper on Water Labor/Water Birth is the implication for informed/shared decision making. When expectant parents are well-versed in their childbirthing options and their health status and work in concert with informed care providers, it becomes a win-win situation.
To read more about the joint statement, click here.