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Water provides a private protected space which is calming and peaceful. It facilitates mobility which enables you to be in positions that are comfortable for labour and birth. It is also known for:

• Speeding up labour

• Giving mothers more feeling of control

• Providing significant pain relief

• Promoting relaxation

• Reducing the need for drugs and other interventions

• Reducing perineal trauma and episiotomies

• Encouraging a gentler welcome for baby

A birthing pool may be available on our Midwifery-led Unit and pools can also be arranged for homebirths. Speak to your community midwife for further information.

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