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For years, hospitals and birthing centers have encouraged women in labor to use whirlpools and tubs to ease labor pains and relax during the minutes and hours before their baby is born. It’s a natural, safe and relaxing option for women now available at The Birth Place in Sioux Falls.

Other advantages for the mother include:

  • More efficient uterine contractions and better blood circulation, which means less pain for the mother and more oxygen for the baby.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Alleviation of stress-related hormones, allowing the mom to produce endorphins, important natural pain-inhibitors.
  • Reduction in the incidence and severity of tearing or the need for an episiotomy and stitches.

  • After delivery, the baby is removed from the water and placed on the mother’s chest. Until that happens, the baby is still receiving oxygen through the umbilical cord. When babies are born in the water, they experience a similar environment to what they experienced in the amniotic sac. This means less stress and more security during the process.

    Talk to your health care provider to learn if waterbirth is right for you.

    A Beautiful Birth

    When it was time to have their third child, Kyle and Sarah Caskey wanted a natural, relaxing experience. Waterbirth was everything they wanted and more.

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    Terry Engelmann, CNM

    Terry Engelmann, CNP, assists women through the labor process with massage, relaxation or hydrotheraphy.

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    CenteringPregnancy ®

    In CenteringPregnancy® join moms-to-be with similar due dates for discussion, support and prenatal care.

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