Tag: water immersion

What’s an Aqua APGAR?

“What’s an Aqua APGAR?” After I wrote a blog post sharing the results of some new studies highlighting the benefits of water in labour, a few people contacted us to ask for more information on the Aqua APGAR, which was…

More benefits of water for birth

The results of two recent research studies have added to our knowledge about the benefits of water for labour and birth. The first, a Swedish comparative study by Ulfsdottir et al (2017), found that women giving birth in water had…

Analysing water immersion guidelines

I recently read the most fascinating paper. Called ‘A critical analysis of Australian policies and guidelines for water immersion during labour and birth’, it aimed “to determine how water immersion policies and/or guidelines are informed, who interprets the evidence to…

Birthillogics # 4 – water and scar pain

The illogical policy that I’d like to share today isn’t necessarily widespread, but I’ve now heard this one three times, from three different areas of the world, so in my book that means it warrants discussion. Midwives and birth folk…

A duo of thought-provoking articles on risk

A couple of research articles relating to the notion of risk got my attention a few weeks back, and I’d like to share them with you in case you’ve not yet spotted them. Firstly, we have ‘Nocebo and the potential…

Want to promote normality? Try adding water!

An open access study just published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth by the Birthplace in England team shows that, for women having their first babies, getting into water while in labour helps in all kinds of ways and across all settings. …