Davis Regional begins offering water births
Special to SVLfreenews.com
Nicole Crotts, nurse director of the Women’s Center at Davis Regional Medical Center, announced the addition of water births as another birthing option for new moms.
A water birth simply means at least part of a woman’s labor, delivery, or both happen while she is in a water birth tub that is filled with warm water. Using the water birth tub may help ease pain, resulting in less use of anesthesia. It may even help speed up the labor process.
Before introducing this additional delivery option, Davis Regional researched the guidelines that were established by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstetricians on staff as well as other key medical staff members were involved in the consideration and decision to offer this innovative approach for patients.
“We are very happy to offer expectant moms a new birthing option, but I do want to note that not everyone is a good candidate for water births," Crotts explained. "Some things to consider are the patient’s age, gestation, size of baby, and pre-existing conditions. If you’re younger than 17 or older than 35, you may not be a good candidate. If you’ve had complications like preeclampsia or diabetes, or if you’re having twins or multiples, if your baby is premature, or if your baby is very large, you may not be a good candidate.”
Jan Martin, Davis Regional's chief nursing officer, added, “Expectant moms who are thinking about a water birth should first talk to their obstetrician or midwife to find out if this is a good option for their delivery. Typically insurances cover water births but patients may want to check and verify.”
Davis Regional also offers expectant mothers an array of classes and programs. Visit the website for the next series of Prepared Childbirth or Infant CPR classes. Tours are offered anytime but expectant parents should call 704-838-7250 to ensure rooms are available for viewing. Water aerobic classes are also offered for new or expectant moms through the hospital’s Rehab Department / Fitness Program.
For more information on birthing options at Davis Regional, visit the website at DavisRegional.com