There are many philosophies about giving birth. Some support a completely natural experience with no drugs. Some tout the benefits of certain structured breathing procedures and positions during birth.
The word doula is a Greek word that means "Women's Servant." Women have been serving other women in childbirth for centuries and have proven that this support from another woman has positive effects on the labor process. When a doula was present, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
Water is soothing, comforting, relaxing... Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Many moms find laboring in the water is more comfortable. A water birth emulates the environment of the womb which might ease the stress of birth. Sound good? Learn how you can prepare for a water birth.