Waterbirth is becoming increasingly popular in the United
States and women value the opportunity to have a choice in
their birthing method. The purpose of this research is to
evaluate how waterbirth affects patient satisfaction and the
safety of the mother and neonate compared to the traditional
delivery model in unmedicated labor patients. A search for
literature was conducted in CINAHL and PubMed databases
using keywords waterbirth, waterbirth outcomes, waterbirth
safety, and waterbirth satisfaction. Eight research articles
which evaluated the safety and patient satisfaction of
waterbirth were chosen to be reviewed. Overall, it was found
that waterbirth shortens the first and second stage of labor,
decreases perineal trauma, elicits positive experiences for
the laboring woman, and does not increase the incidence of
poor outcomes in the neonate.
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