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Using water in labour (water birth)

Research has shown that if you have your labour in water you will find it less painful, and you will be less likely to need an epidural to reduce the pain. There are some concerns that if the water is too warm your baby may show signs of distress during labour, but studies have shown that there is no more risk to you or your baby if you have your labour in water than if you have it out of water. The midwife will continue to monitor your progress and your baby's wellbeing.

The water will be kept at a comfortable temperature, but not above 37.5C, and your temperature will be monitored.

There are birth pools available in every maternity unit across Hywel Dda, including on the labour wards. Please ask your midwife for more information.

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