Definition of water birth in English:

water birth


  • A birth in which the mother spends the final stages of labour in a birthing pool, with delivery taking place either in or out of the water.

    ‘our delivery suite has facilities for water births’
    mass noun ‘a national survey into the extent and safety of water birth began in June’
    • ‘When I became pregnant with our third child, my husband, Mark, who is an obstetrician, suggested that a water birth might be a gentle way to bring our baby into the world.’
    • ‘I already had decided to have a water birth at home.’
    • ‘Other requests, such as home births or water births, however, are not realistic options.’
    • ‘Water dilutes germs, making a water birth potentially less risky than a ‘land’ birth.’
    • ‘I switched from my nurse-midwives to an alternative doctor interested in promoting water births.’
    • ‘I confided to my grandmother that I was planning a water birth.’
    • ‘Our case report and review of the literature confirm that water birth has risks for the newborn.’
    • ‘Martin decides to impress Christine by trying to look like her favourite pop star and Sandy enlists Mary's help in practising for a water birth.’
    • ‘Thanks to her, birth plans, midwife-run departments, breathing exercises, water births, birthing stools and attendant fathers are no longer sniggersome medical matters.’
    • ‘His wife (or ‘the mother of his daughter,’ as he put it) is a midwife who specializes in water births at home.’
    • ‘According to dramatic new biological evidence, it seems that women have been opting for water births since time began.’
    • ‘A few years ago water births were seen as a bit of an oddity, but now they are the norm.’
    • ‘Other private groups include Active Birth classes, which specialise in water births and yoga during pregnancy, and classes run by independent midwives.’
    • ‘The couple, from West End, had been planning a water birth at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital for their first child - but changed their mind when things started happening very quickly.’
    • ‘A home birth is very much on the cards, with the possibility of a water birth - or at least keeping the bath well filled.’
    • ‘It also has a pool room where water births are encouraged.’
    • ‘She's going to have a water birth as well and I have to get in the tub with her.’