Experts warn against at-home water births after mum shares video of herself giving birth in tub

Experts are warning against at-home water births, after a mum shared a video of her home birth in her tub.

Videos and images of free birthing are popping up more and more on social media, with some mums saying that they prefer the experience of giving birth unassisted rather than going to going to hospital.

Just last month, a video of a woman giving birth in her garden without any pain relief or assistance went viral, as the mum-of-six revealed that she’s never given birth in hospital.

Now a new video of a mum giving birth to her baby in her tub at home is sparking debate again, as experts claim the practice might not be safe.

Speaking the Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, obstetrician Dr Michael Gannon, who’s a former president of the Australian Medical Association, said the video was ‘dangerous’.

In the clip shared on Instagram, Jessie Goetze is seen giving birth with the help of her husband, with her dog also witnessing the special moment.

Tomorrow, an article will be printed in The Daily Telegraph to highlight “concerns from obstetricians about water births and home births being promoted on social media, when evidence based research suggests they pose serious health risks.” . . The trigger for this was Jessie’s gorgeous video of her perfect, peaceful, practically pain-free PRIMIP home water birth. Who could ever have imagined that such a picture of utter bliss, clearly a safe, successful and satisfying experience for mother, father and baby – could attract such ire? The journalist would like to know, do we think it’s “responsible” to promote homebirths on line when research published in the Medical Journal of Australia SUGGESTS that babies born at home births are SEVEN TIMES more likely to die of complications that those born in hospitals; and how we respond to concerns that water immersion poses multiple risks including drowning? . . She also wants to know why Jessie had the dog in the bath with her at her homebirth. A dog. IN THE BATH! But before we all go berserk, indulging in our fake-news-triggered outrage-fest, perhaps a few salient facts are in order. 1. The “7 x” study is inconsistent with overwhelming evidence that continues to affirm the safety of homebirth and birth centre births, such as the 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis which determined that, “High-quality evidence about low-risk pregnancies indicates that place of birth had no statistically significant impact on infant mortality. The lower odds of maternal morbidity and obstetric intervention support the expansion of birth centre and home birth options for women with low-risk pregnancies.” . . 2. There is no quality evidence of babies drowning during waterbirths and the Cochrane Database showed in May, 2016 that: “There is no evidence of increased adverse effects to the fetus/neonate or woman from labouring or giving birth in water.” . . 3. Her dog. Was NOT in the bath. This factoid is as spurious, and distorted, and contrary to clear evidence – as the others. . . #birthfright #birthdystopia #birthchoices #mybodymychoice #melbournedoula #evidencebased #cochranedatabase #waterbirthsafety #homebirthsafety

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Water births are considered safe in the UK when done within the NHS, as mums give birth in pools that are ‘filled specifically for each birth and are specially temperature controlled’, says Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust and Global Sepsis Alliance.

‘Provided they are carried out in that environment then water births continue to be a safe and popular means of delivery’, he told HuffPost UK.

However, when they are done at home, the risks are higher as the water might not meet the requirements for a safe clean birth. Dr Ron Daniels added: ‘The risks associated with standing water, particularly that which is repeatedly heated and cooled, certainly include bacteria breeding in the water and therefore we increase the risk of infection whenever we enter the water.’

The risks aren’t exclusive to at-home water birth either. According to a study published in the Medical Journal Of Australia in 2010, babies born at home were seven times more likely to die from complications, than those who were born in hospitals.