To learn more about the difference between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree tears, click here. Doula Services Within a Healthy Start Program: Increasing Access for an Underserved Population. More experienced nurses were more likely to spend time providing emotional support (Barnett et al. Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Classes are 100% online during the COVID-19 crisis. 2012), one research study reported a longer third phase (Zanetti-Daellenbach et al. Researchers will sometimes compare overall trauma to the birth canal, or genital tract trauma, between groups. In the MANA Stats study, fewer infants in the waterbirth group required NICU admission in the first six weeks of life (1.4%), compared to the land birth group (2.4%), and the intended waterbirth group (2.9%). Waterbirth may also increase the chance of birthing with an intact perineum, since waterbirth is linked to a lower rate of episiotomy and severe tears. 2010). Objectives Caffeine is a habit-forming substance consumed daily by the majority of pregnant women. 2012). There were no other differences between groups with expected levels of pain, late first stage pain levels, or levels of pain in the second stage before pushing began. Birthing people tend to assume different and more positions in water than when outside of water. 2016). BJOG, 116(5), 626-636. found only two conditions for which induction seems to improve health outcomes. They often lack enough detail to get a clear picture of what really happened. After the birth, people who had waterbirths recalled a lower level of pain than those who had land births in bed, Track outcomes in hospitals that provide waterbirth as an option (Nguyen et al. In his book, Evidence-Based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A Guide for Midwives, addressing the relatively new evidence-based care paradigm, he seeks to expand the definition of "evidence" so that qualitative research gains credibility in a technological world enamored of quantification. 2017 Mar;44(1):1-22. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2016.11.005. This finding—that people with doulas are less likely to have an epidural—is not due to the fact that clients with doulas in these studies were more likely to want these things up front and were more motivated to achieve them. Of the mothers who used a pool for water immersion in labor, 49% reported that it was “very helpful” compared with only 24% of those who rated narcotics as such. 1997), Caution should be used if a mother with a recent diarrheal illness is considering a waterbirth (Soileau et al. 2005; Zanetti-Daellenbach et al. In coming up with this evidence, we used findings from the five randomized trials on waterbirth, the Cluett and Burns (2009) Cochrane meta-analysis, the Nutter et al. Declercq, E. R., Sakala, C., Corry, M. P., et al. (2016), Cortes, E., Basra, R., Kelleher, C.J. In another study, researchers found that there was a longer first stage of labor during waterbirth—both for people who had given birth before and for those who were giving birth for the first time (Mollamahmutoglu et al. Everyone who was assigned to the waterbirth group gave birth in the water. Click, In the process of writing this article, I purchased several waterbirth books from Amazon. In the Henderson et al. The main drawback of case reports is that they are not a research study. Waterbirth was first reported in an 1805 medical journal, and became more popular in the 1980s and 1990s. The researchers found that in people giving birth for the first time: Because the pain levels were high in all of the groups, the researchers concluded that water birth relieves labor pain “in just as poor a manner” as do morphine drugs. 2013; Gayiti et al. The baby is then brought to the surface of the water after he or she is born. (2017b) meta-analysis provided data on newborn hypothermia, or a dangerous drop in body temperature after exposure to cold temperatures. Again, most of the studies were restricted to healthy people, at low-risk of complications. Receive skillful mentorship from an Evidence Based Instructor® and discover how confidence in advocacy, evidence, and comfort measures can help provide In a study with 1,519 Italians who had waterbirths, Henderson et al. There is a smaller amount of evidence that doula support in labor can lower postpartum depression in mothers. Compared to the land birth group, the waterbirth group had a higher rate of intact perineum (25% vs. 8%). 2014b). Gilliland, A.L. Nurs Times. The studies we have are complicated by the fact that care providers help some mothers out of the pool for medical reasons—leaving the more straightforward births to take place in the water. This one small study does not give us that information. Nurses provide support when they can, but research has shown that labor and delivery nurses can only spend a limited amount of time in each client’s room. 2005; Menakaya et al. Four studies provided data on pneumonia infections; there was no difference between waterbirth and land birth. Like Nikodem (1999), they define genital tract trauma as injury to the vaginal wall, labial tears, or perineal tears, but they also include data from midwives who said that, yes, there was trauma, but did not specify the exact location. The findings from the Nutter et al. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM, 29(3), 308–317. The Nutter et al. In many of the waterbirth studies we will review in this article, women who had waterbirths also spent time laboring in the water. This could affect the frequency and location of tearing, as might differences in how attendants handle birth in and out of water. https://www.facebook.com/EvidenceBasedBirth/, https://plus.google.com/106146540771436369846?hl=en, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-dekker-8b3b3b22/. The authors concluded that the doula’s presence has a clinically meaningful impact on anxiety and pain levels in first-time mothers giving birth. The MANA Stats study also reported no difference between waterbirth and land birth groups in Apgar scores < 7 at five minutes (Bovberg et al. 2017). (2013), Suto, M., Takehara, K., Misago, C., et al. 2009). 2009). The mothers were asked to respond to a written survey about their experience with waterbirth (Richmond 2003). [Persian]. The study found that laboring in water poses no extra risks to mother or baby and helps relieve pain, leading to less use of pain medication. 0, pp. There have been five randomized trials on waterbirth, and so far they show that waterbirth holds several potential benefits for mothers including lower pain scores, less use of pain medication, less use of artificial oxytocin, shorter labors, a higher rate of normal vaginal birth, a higher rate of intact perineum, less use of episiotomy, and greater satisfaction with the birth. 1-8. Rates of 1st or 2nd degree perineal tears were higher in people who gave birth in water in one randomized trial (Chaichian et al. (2005) also found that the overall length of labor was shorter in people giving birth in the water, and they stated that this was mostly due to a decrease in the average length of the second stage of labor. Ten of the studies found no difference between waterbirth and land birth groups. (2016) “What motivates people to attend birth doula trainings?” J Perinatal Educ, 25(3), 174-183. Everyone who was randomly assigned to the waterbirth group gave birth in the water. People who have waterbirths also use less medicine for pain relief compared with people who give birth on land and report higher levels of satisfaction with pain relief and the experience of childbirth. The trial from China randomly assigned 60 people to waterbirth and 60 people to land birth. The Nutter et al. The authors believe that none of the three deaths of the infants born in water were caused by the waterbirth. The researchers found that the waterbirth group was more satisfied with their birth experience (78% vs. 58%) and that the pain was less than they expected it to be (57% vs. 28%). The study included data from 18,343 midwife-attended births in the U.S. between 2004 and 2009, with 97.6% occurring at homes and birth centers. Aspects of physical support provided by a doula may include: Emotional support helps the birthing person feel cared for and feel a sense of pride and empowerment after birth. The benefits or risks of waterbirth for the newborn are less clear, but so far the evidence shows no increase in newborn death or any other bad health outcome including NICU admissions, low Apgar scores, breathing difficulty, need for resuscitation, infections, umbilical cord pH, or hypothermia. Indications for induction of labour: A best-evidence review. More people in the waterbirth group had mild labial tears, and this contributed to an overall higher rate of genital tract trauma from waterbirth (Personal correspondence, Bovbjerg, 2018). When water immersion was combined with hypnosis, people recalled being more satisfied with their pain relief on average. (2017), Bovbjerg, M. L., Cheyney, M., Everson, C. (2016), Bowden, K., Kessler, D., Pinette, M., et al. Also, many partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures, or what goes on in a hospital, while doulas have knowledge and experience about all of these things that they can use to inform and support both the partner and birthing person. If you’re at all on the fence about hiring a doula, you may want to interview several doulas with your partner. A low Apgar score means that the baby may require more medical assistance. The Taylor et al. (2014b), Otigbah, C. M., Dhanjal, M.K., Harmsworth, G, et al. New research evidence on waterbirth is continuing to emerge! The Nutter et al. Some examples of advocacy that doulas have described include: Taking into account the past definitions of advocacy for nurses, and the desire of many doulas to support the birthing person but not speak in place of them, I’d like to propose a new definition of advocacy in the context of doula care: Doulas are not medical professionals, and the following tasks are not performed by doulas: In 2017, Bohren et al. Also, there is a difference between GBS colonization and GBS infection; newborns may have the bacteria present on their skin without it causing problems, much like their parents may carry GBS without having symptoms. 2016). However, they found that newborns whose mothers had intended to have a waterbirth but did not have one had an increase in the odds of a five-minute Apgar score less than seven. McNiven, P., Hodnett, E., O’Brien-Pallas, L. L. (1992). However, after the birth, people who had waterbirths recalled less pain. (2004), Henderson, J., Burns, E. E., Regalia, A.L., et al. In research not looking at waterbirth, a recent Cochrane meta-analysis of 20 studies (involving over 15,000 participants) did not find a difference between hands-on and hands-off technique in the rate of intact perineum or perineal tears of any degree (Aasheim et al. (2017). During pushing, people choosing waterbirths reported higher levels of pain compared to those who had land births in bed. Five studies in the Vanderlaan et al. The Taylor et al. In the textbook Best Practices in Midwifery, the author describes three pillars of labor support as emotional support, physical support, and advocacy. 2014a). They found no difference in overall trauma to the birth canal between groups. Some of their recommendations are: Research evidence shows that there are both potential benefits and risks with waterbirth. Then what does explain the health inequity? The Vanderlaan et al. This allows us to examine the effect of waterbirth on the perineum when episiotomy wasn’t a factor. Don't miss an episode! There may be a higher rate of mild labial tears from waterbirth in low-episiotomy environments such as homes and birth centers. 2000; Geissbuehler et al. The results favored waterbirth, showing a decrease in the odds of hypothermia among babies born in the water. In other words, a doula’s primary responsibility is to the birthing person—not to a hospital administrator, nurse, midwife, or doctor. Under water deliveries—A five-years retrospective study. When the mother directs attachment seeking behaviors to the doula, the experienced doula (25 births or more) responds in a unique manner. ” Joint statement No. (2016. 2009) as well as 36 observational studies, with a total of 31,453 waterbirths. However, they did report that they did not find any increased risk of newborn death with birth in water compared to birth on land. 2009; Torkamani et al. (2014a) review found that 3rd and 4th degree tears were lower with waterbirth compared to land birth in six observational studies (Dahlen et al. Those who could most benefit from doula care frequently have the least access to it. This is the first study to examine intended waterbirths in U.S. out-of-hospital birth settings—when people plan to give birth in water but leave the pool before the actual birth. 2016; Nikodem 1999). + Click here for media and press inquiries. It’s important to understand that there are different types of case reports. Some of these findings partly reflect the effect of water immersion during labor, before the birth. Don't miss an episode! Available at the. Already an existing member? (2017b) wanted to be able to apply their findings to hospital waterbirths, so they only included hospital births. The most common bacteria in all three groups were Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, and Enterococci. For example, if it looks like the provider is about to perform an episiotomy without the person’s consent: “Dr. Most researchers do not say how they defined the beginning and the end of each stage of labor. They found no major differences in bacterial flora between the three groups. (2017), Learn about Becoming a Professional Member >, EBB 154 – Birthing at Home during COVID-19 with Grace and Roderick Murphy, EBB 153 – Pros and Cons of the Foley and Dilapan-S® for Cervical Ripening During an Induction, EBB 152 – Shafia Monroe on Traditional Black Midwifery, Spirituality, and Community Advocacy. Childbirth Connection has a great list of interview questions for a doula. (2012), Nagai, T., Sobajima, H., Iwasa, M., et al. The MANA Stats study found that infants who were born into water were less likely to transfer to the hospital (from the home or birth center) for a newborn health problem directly following the birth compared to infants born on land (0.5% versus 1.2%) and less likely to have to go to the hospital in the first six weeks of life (3.4% versus 4.5%). Comparison of the Effects of Using Physiological Methods and Accompanying a Doula in Deliveries on Nulliparous Women’s Anxiety and Pain: A Case Study in Iran. (2014a) review looked at eight studies that included this outcome and found that people who give birth in water use less pain medication than people who give birth on land. 2007a), and one study found no difference in the length of the third stage (Thoeni et al. Management of the second stage of labor often follows tradition‐based routines rather than evidence‐based practices. The MANA Stats study of mostly out-of-hospital births in the U.S. also found no evidence of increased risk of newborn death from waterbirth, although the number of deaths was too small to draw firm conclusions (Bovbjerg et al., 2016). (2014) found that 0.3% of those who had waterbirths had a 3rd degree tear, and there were zero 4th degree tears. 2013). (2011) found an increase in 3rd degree tears among people who had waterbirths compared to land births (2.5% versus 1.2%). In other words, health and social factors alone can’t explain the higher rates of poor birth outcomes among Black people. Evidence-Based Methods That Promote Human Milk Feeding of Preterm Infants: An Expert Review Clin Perinatol. 2005). We have divided this article into four sections: Before we dive into the evidence, it’s important to note that laboring in water –whether or not the person goes on to give birth in the water—likely impacts many of the waterbirth effects that we address in this article. In Human Development and Family Studies, Vol. Burns, E., and Greenish, K. (1993). Attempts to revive the baby were not successful. Garland, D. (2006). “Is waterbirth a ‘safe and realistic’ option for women following a previous caesarean section?”. (2005) points out that waterbirth also avoids the potential side-effects of morphine-derived medications—such as decreasing the mother’s level of consciousness or slowing newborn breathing. During late first stage, people who had waterbirths reported lower levels of pain than land births in bed. The MANA stats study helped to prevent self-selection bias by putting actual waterbirths, intended waterbirths, and intended land births in separate groups for analysis. (2015). During early first stage (1-3 cm), people who had waterbirths had lower pain levels than those having land births in bed. However, while some doulas believe that advocacy is a part of their role, others have been specifically trained that advocacy is not part of their role at all. We have organized the evidence by how waterbirth affects the following: Researchers commonly refer to normal vaginal birth as physiologic labor and birth. (2017) meta-analysis, because they covered the largest number of studies. A systematic review of the best available research Hodnett, E.D. Midwives;108(1284):3-7. (2017b) found no statistical difference in the odds of newborn death between waterbirth and land birth; however, four studies may be too few to find a difference for such a rare outcome. The Nutter et al. A rigid or inflatable pool that is filled at the start of labor poses less of a risk for bacterial infections (Collins et al. (2014a) review concluded that waterbirth is linked to reports of a better overall experience of childbirth compared with land birth. In 2014, Nutter et al. Putting current, evidence-based information into the hands of communities, so they can make empowered choices. 2013). Published at, Gilliland, A. L. (2010a). In the next section of this article, we will discuss what researchers have found out about the specific pros and cons of waterbirth for mothers. We are able to continue providing this information, thanks to the support of our Professional Members: If you would like to help support our work, please consider becoming an Evidence Based Birth® Professional Member. Cochrane researchers combined 11 randomized trials on water immersion during labor and during birth (Cluett & Burns 2009). Instead, they make recommendations to improve safety and informed consent. Labor support is defined as the therapeutic presence of another person, in which human-to-human interaction with caring behaviors is practiced (Jordan,2013). The total number of births amounted to 39,302, nearly 14,000 of which were waterbirths. Compared to the people randomly assigned to give birth on land, those assigned to give birth in the water had a higher rate of normal vaginal birth (100% vs. 79.2%), a shorter active phase of labor (cervix dilates more rapidly) (114 minutes vs. 186 minutes), a shorter third stage of labor (birthing the placenta) (6 minutes vs. 7.3 minutes), less use of artificial oxytocin (0% vs. 94.3%), less use of any pain medications (3.8% vs. 100%), a 23% lower rate of episiotomy (a surgical cut to the area of tissue between the vagina and rectum, called the perineum), and a 12% higher rate of perineal tears. It was considered to be due to a pre-existing uterine infection and not related to the waterbirth (Nikodem, 1999). Since the 2009 Cochrane review, two more randomized trials have come out on waterbirth—one from Iran and one from China (Ghasemi et al. In addition to caring for their assigned client, nurses have many other responsibilities, like communicating with care providers, taking care of other clients, covering for other nurses’ breaks, documenting care, and assisting on the labor unit as necessary (Gannon & Waghorn, 1996; McNiven et al., 1992; Gale et al. Four studies in the Vanderlaan et al. They did not report 4th degree tear rates. And throat swabs were positive for GBS in 8.4% of the land birthgroup compared to 1.4% of the waterbirth group. Case reports are considered the lowest level of research evidence. 2016). The pros of case reports are that they allow us to take an in-depth look (or brief look, in the case of letters to the editor) at a rare event. In addition, the calming effect of the doula’s presence increases the mother’s own natural pain coping hormones (beta-endorphins), making labor feel less painful (Uvnas Moberg, 2014). The Nutter et al. In a 2012 survey that took place in the U.S., 6% of birthing people said they used a doula during childbirth (Declerq et al., 2013), up from 3% in a 2006 national survey (Declerq et al., 2007). Evidence Based Birth® | 194 followers on LinkedIn. In the MANA Stats study, the percentage of 1st or 2nd degree perineal tears was not different between waterbirth and land birth groups; however, the intended (but did not have) waterbirth group had an increase in the odds of 1st or 2nd degree perineal tears compared to those who had land births (Bovbjerg et al., 2016). So some benefits seen from the waterbirths may be influenced by water immersion during labor. An umbilical cord tear is also called umbilical cord “snap,” “rupture,” or “avulsion.” The author estimated that there are about 3.1 umbilical cord snaps per 1,000 waterbirths. 2008). During pushing, people who had waterbirths reported higher levels of pain than those who had land births in bed. Grace Murphy has been married to Roderick Murphy for the past two years, and they... Don't miss an episode! Waterbirth is linked to a decrease in the rate of third and fourth degree tears, which cause injury to the anal sphincter. Likewise, the recent Gayiti et al. (2017b) meta-analysis provided data on the need for resuscitation between waterbirth and land birth. During water immersion in labor, a person gets into a tub or pool of warm water during the first stage of labor, before the baby is born.In a waterbirth, a person remains in the water during the pushing phase and actual birth of the baby (Nutter et al. In the end, 83 people ended up staying in the waterbirth group and 88 people stayed in the land birth group; it’s not clear why people left the study. These cases have not been observed in prospective research since 1999, and almost all of the infants in the case reports made a complete recovery. (1995). The total length of labor was also shorter in the waterbirth group by an average of 50 minutes. To access this printer-friendly PDF handout, click, The Royal College of Midwives released a response to 2014 ACOG/AAP Opinion Statement. (2017b) meta- analysis. They point out, however, that the use of water during labour and birth continues to be an area with limited high-quality evidence and many researchers have called for further studies. There were nine newborn deaths out of the 10,290 people who gave birth on land. They combined the results of 26 trials that included more than 15,000 people. Researchers figure that there would need to be at least 1,000 people in each group of a waterbirth trial in order to see at least two rare events occurring (Burns et al. They were not able to combine the data on 1-minute Apgar scores because the results for this outcome varied so much between studies. Research evidence has shown that episiotomies are more harmful to mothers than a natural tear, increase the risk of severe perineal trauma, and should rarely beused (Jiang et al. The Nutter et al. It is true that the birth partner is an essential support person for a birthing person to have by their side. Although all of these procedures are optional, they may not be presented as such. We are grateful to Jennifer Vanderlaan, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM, Clinical Instructor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University and Jenna Shaw-Battista, PhD, RN, NP, CNM, FACNM, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, University of California, Davis. Since it is not possible to blind participants or care providers to continuous labor support, the quality of the evidence for doulas received a lower grade. (2002). (2017), Kassim, Z., Sellars, M., and Greenough, A. This may have an important influence on mother’s feelings about their birth, and could explain why researchers conducting qualitative studies (in-depth interviews) have found that mothers generally use very positive words to describe their waterbirths (Richmond 2003). We are grateful to Jette Aaroe Clausen, Ph.D, Senior Lecturer at Metropolitan University College, and Mehry Basati, Iranian midwife and student at Metropolitan University College, for translating key details from the Ghasemi et al. The mother declined autopsy, but the doctors suspect that the death was most likely due to a pre-existing uterine infection, and not due to the waterbirth. We need more research evidence on waterbirth, so this makes it more difficult to make a truly informed choice. In addition, participant feedback showed that doula support was highly valued: “I would’ve had no one there; it was just me and her. 2004; Zanetti-Daellenbach et al. 2016; Davies et al. (2013) randomized trial from Iran also reported less pain with waterbirth but they do not give any details on how pain was measured. (2015) trial found no difference in volume of lost blood between groups. The waterbirth group also had a much lower rate of episiotomy (2% vs. 20%) and lower pain scores. They also found that laboring in water shortened the first stage of labor by an average of 32 minutes. Three of the trials in the Cochrane review (mentioned above) looked at the effects of actually giving birth in the water. 2013). Subscribe to our podcast:  iTunes  |  Stitcher  In this episode, I will talk about cervical ripening, the Bishop score, and some "mechanical" ways to ripen the cervix. Midwives could choose to participate with the study by enrolling clients earlier in pregnancy, and collecting data on them all the way through their pregnancy and birth—called prospective logging. Research has yet to answer the question of the effects of waterbirth on the normal, healthy bacteria to first colonize the newborn microbiome, as well as the harmful bacteria that cause disease. (2014) study, researchers compared a small subgroup of people who used the birthing pool at some point during labor to those who did not use the pool at all because it was not available or they did not want to use it. Those who went on to give birth in the water, on the other hand, had shorter labors, and thus spent less time in the water. On the other hand, two observational studies found waterbirth to be protective against minor tears (Baxter 2006; Burke & Kilfoyle 1995) and four studies did not find a difference (Burns 2001; Thoeni et al. Here’s the main thing— if you labor or birth in water you are less likely to have an episiotomy and less likely to have a severe tear, but may be more likely to have a minor tear. 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