Most mom’s that I know went through two birthing experience, Cesarean and Natural birth. But these days, I am hearing more mom’s (especially overseas) opting to go through “Water birthing”. It sounds so unfamiliar here in the Philippines as;
1. Not a lot of hospitals have this facility
2. Most mom’s are “traditional”
I only learned about water birth during my pregnancy of the last two semester. I read a lot of books and came across the procedure.
Recently, Makati Medical Center inagurated their very first Water Immersion Facility for Labor and Delivery. Aimed for mothers who want to try a safer alternative through natural birthing method. MakatiMed made sure to create the facility, with an ambiance and comforts of home. It has a birthing tub, digital TV with cable, an audio system where mothers can connect their preferred soothing and relaxing music, a medical-grade patient bed that can be converted to a delivery bed, and a waterproof fetal Doppler monitor (baby heartbeat monitor). The facility is located inside the MakatiMed CP Manahan Pavilion OR-DR Complex (Delivery Room).
It is a safe hospital setting with easy access to surgical and operating room facilities and multi-specialty physicians in case of emergencies. A maximum of three companions can accompany the patient inside the birthing room to maintain a clinically organized, yet relaxing and homey room to welcome the new bundle of joy.
But why Water Birth you ask? Well, there are many benefits if you decide to go through this alternative.
- It promotes relaxation and provides natural pain relief during labor. Buoyancy in the water promotes better blood circulation between mother and baby during labor.
- Water immersion also allows free movement inside the birth pool so mothers can assume any position in the water according to what makes her comfortable. Water has also been found to make the perineum (the area between the anus and the vulva) more elastic and relaxed, reducing severity of tearing, and lessening the need for stitches.
Dr. Martin Manahan, MD of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology said: “More and more women are opting to undergo natural childbirth, especially those who cannot or would rather not have pain medication during labor.”
MakatiMed ensures each delivery will be closely supervised by our board-certified doctors, well-trained nurses, and qualified allied healthcare personnel, ensuring the well-being of both mom and baby.
To know more about this birthing option, contact your MakatiMed OB-GYN or call the CP Manahan Pavilion OR-DR Complex (Delivery Room) through 8888 999 locals 3500 and 3501. The CP Manahan Pavilion is located at the 5 th Floor, Tower 2 of Makati Medical Center.