Considering a water birth? Here's what you need to know

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"Studies show that labouring in water shortens labour and provides significant pain relief". (Photo: Alyona Smith Photography/Alyonasmith.com/Instagram: @alyona.smith.photography and @birth_stories_by_alyonasmith)
"Studies show that labouring in water shortens labour and provides significant pain relief". (Photo: Alyona Smith Photography/Alyonasmith.com/Instagram: @alyona.smith.photography and @birth_stories_by_alyonasmith)

Whether you start your pregnancy journey by finding out as much about birthing options as you can or look into what's available to you further along the line, you may have come across the option to give birth in water.

Women who choose the option consistently report "increased pain relief, relaxation, increased self-esteem and satisfaction with birth".

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