They're a "reasonably safe, low-intervention option" for some women.
“The findings suggest that water birth is a reasonably safe, low-intervention option for women who face a low risk of complications during the birthing process,” Marit Bovbjerg said in a written statement. “These are decisions that should be made in concert with a medical professional.”
Researchers examined outcome data for more than 6,500 midwife-attended water births in the U.S., the largest study of water births to date. They found babies born in water were no more likely to experience low Apgar scores, require transfer to the hospital after birth or be hospitalized in their first six weeks of life than newborns who were not born in water.
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