US professional societies urge women should be warned that water births remain largely untested within the scientific community. (Reuters)

Could a water birth be right for you? Weigh up the pros and cons

Pontsho Pilane
More South African parents are choosing to bring their baby into the world with a splash, but is it better than conventional births?

Water births are increasingly popular in South Africa and are billed as a calmer, more natural way to bring your baby into the world. But, decades after the birthing trend first gained notoriety, there is still a lot science doesn’t know about the delivery method that can carry rare but serious associated risks.

Could a water birth be right for you? Bhekisisa helps you weigh up the pros and cons. 

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