How Does It Work?
When you go into labor, you enter a tub of warm water that's between 90 and 100 degrees. Your baby is monitored using a special underwater Doppler device. If intravenous medications are necessary, in most cases they can be administered to you while you're in the tub. Here you'll continue to labor until you're ready to give birth. You can give birth while submerged in the water, but some women choose only to labor in the tub, and prefer to give birth out of the tub.
If you give birth in the tub, as soon as the baby is born you or the attendant will reach into the tub and immediately but gently raise the baby to the surface of the water. Once baby reaches the surface, he'll begin breathing air.