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Labor And Delivery Tips:

Labor and Delivery Tips: Hydrotherapy

At home take long showers or baths to help you relax. Once in the hospital, the bathroom offers privacy, and the tub comfort. At about five to six centimeters’ dilation, when you might consider an epidural, try the birth pool instead for a half-hour. Or take another long shower. Warm water promotes relaxation, and often women feel pleasantly sleepy in about 20 minutes. Research suggests that soaking in warm water increases the production of oxytocin, encouraging dilation. I spent four or five hours in the bath at the hospital and needed no other pain relief until pushing.

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