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

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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Pontsho Pilane is a journalist, editor, media lecturer and trainer with a focus in health, race and gender and how they intersect. She’s interested in using communications as a tool for social change. Prior to that Pilane was the senior writer at Health-eNews, and was formerly a health reporter at Bhekisisa, the Mail and Guardian’s centre for health journalism. She debuted as a journalist at The Daily Vox, where she wrote primarily about gender, race and how they intersect. Pilane holds two degrees in media studies from Wits University.