Immersion in water for labour and birth, Part 2: Safety and Considerations

Water for labour and birth is increasing in popularity in the United Kingdom and around the world. Evidence has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of water immersion for labour and birth however like all births, consideration for safety, and knowledge of the rare, but potential emergencies is essential for all practitioners who will be supporting mothers with their birth choice (Cluett 2009, NICE 2014).

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Course Description

Overview

Water for labour and birth is increasing in popularity in the United Kingdom and around the world. Evidence has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of water immersion for labour and birth however like all births, consideration for safety, and knowledge of the rare, but potential emergencies is essential for all practitioners who will be supporting mothers with their birth choice (Cluett 2009, NICE 2014). This module forms


Learning aims and objectives

The aim of this module is to enhance safety and care of women and babies when they are immersed in water during labour and birth. By the end of the module you will have:

  • knowledge of the physiology to underpin safety considerations when caring for women in the pool
  • reviewed care considerations and recommendations to maintain safety of mother and neonate in the pool
  • an overview of the management of emergencies in the pool
  • an awareness of the approaches used to evacuation a collapsed woman in the pool

Keywords and linking topics

Waterbirth, immersion in water, pool birth, safety in pool, emergency evacuation, pool emergencies, infection control

Curriculum

  • Module
    • Course Objectives
      • Video
      • References and further reading
      • Activities
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question 5
      • Question 6
      • Question 7
      • Question 8
      • Question 9
      • Question 10

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