This day and age, pregnant women in Ohio often have a number of choices when it comes to labor and childbirth. Many can choose whether or not to manage their pain with drugs, and whether they prefer to give birth at home, in a hospital or at another type of birthing center. In recent years, water birth has become quite popular in the U.S.
Water birth involves giving birth in a tub with the assistance of a midwife. There are birthing centers that have been set up just for this purpose, and more and more hospitals have also given women this option. Midwives have long presented this option as a way to effectively manage pain during labor and delivery. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published an opinion that supports laboring in a tub, but cautions against actually giving birth in one. So, is it safe to give birth under water?