• Birth

    Research Review: Waterbirth Continues to be an Appropriate Option for Low-Risk Families

    A new systematic review of the safety of water immersion on the birthing person and the newborn during labor and birth was recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  The review of 15 studies was conducted by Elizabeth R. Cluett, Ethel Burns, and Anna Cuthbert, all researchers from the United Kingdom. The conclusion of their systematic review, Immersion in water during labour and birth, found “no evidence that labouring in water increases the risk of an adverse outcome for women or their newborns.” Waterbirth International founder Barbara Harper has examined the topic of waterbirth on this blog in the past few years with her article “ACOG Releases New Committee Opinion  &…