Water Birth

“It is a matter of the woman being comfortable, not stressed, in a place where she feels safe, without people fussing, without other people stressing, without anyone else trying to have her baby for her, no clocks, no timing, no telling her what her body already knows.”

Libby Williams

Kona Birth & Midwifery Services encourages water birth, especially for first time moms. Utilizing a birthing tub has many benefits. Included among them are:

Allows mobility
Reduces the length of labor
Reduces blood pressure
Allows for privacy and prevents inhibitions
Reduces perineal trauma
Provides relaxation
Increases pain relief and is known as the home-birth midwife's "aquaderal"
Eases baby into your world

Your tub is provided should you choose a water birth with us. A member of our team will deliver the tub to your home and teach you how to set it up appropriately at your 36 week home visit. You must have an adequate water heater to fill the tub initially, and your birth team will ensure the temperature remains between 95°-100° during your birth.

Labor & Birth
Whether you choose to birth in the water or on land, your midwife and her team will be with you. Our team will provide emotional support, physical support, observational care, fetal monitoring and emergency care and equipment should it become necessary.

As your labor progresses we will encourage you and the father of the baby to engage and support one another as much as possible. This is such a sacred and intimate moment and our desire is to facilitate you to give birth to your baby. We encourage mom to keep her hand on her bottom in order to guide the baby out. Our team does not coach pushing, but rather encourages mom to breathe the baby down and out. After the baby has been born and mom has reached down and pulled baby to her chest, our team will assess both mom and baby for well-being. We will note the time the baby has been born, but birth is not complete until the placenta is born. We encourage mom to participate in the delivery of the placenta, and the cord will not be clamped until the placenta is born and the cord has stopped pulsing. We encourage immediate skin-to-skin with mom and baby and prompt suckling.

In the event of an emergency your birth team is trained in both CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and NRP (neonatal resuscitation program) and are prepared with the capacity to respond. Should you need to transfer care to a hospital your birth team will accompany you to the facility and remain with you until you are settled, or until the baby is born, depending on your preference. If the need arises to transfer during the postpartum period or for newborn support, your midwifery team is likewise prepared to accompany you to the nearest facility. If transport is necessary at any period we are still able to serve during the postpartum period.