Whether it’s their first pregnancy or fifth, many women are opting to give birth in natural environments nowadays. For many expectant mothers who have decided to go this route, it means foregoing the (expensive) care of a traditional OB-GYN and giving birth at a hospital and having a doula or midwife experience their journey through pregnancy and the birthing process with them.
Many women who practice a natural lifestyle and even those who want to feel a deeper connection with the labor and delivery process itself have chosen to go a route that is more in touch with nature and less steeped in the red tape of hospital administration.
A lot of these expectant moms believe having a natural birth is beneficial to the overall health of the child, both physically and mentally, and themselves as well.
One of the most popular ways of having a natural labor and delivery is by a water birth. Instead of experiencing labor pains in a stiff hospital bed, this process allows the mother to be submerged in a bathtub or jacuzzi/hot tub surrounded by warm water during labor and either she leaves the water and delivers the baby on a dry surface or continues to birth the baby underwater.
AmericanPregancy.org says: “The theory behind water birth is that since the baby has already been in the amniotic fluid sac for nine months, birthing in a similar environment is gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother.”
However, some women are really into nature. One Russian woman took a water birth to another level recently when she gave birth at a popular tourist spot in Egypyt while visitors looked on in shock.