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.
Pontsho Pilane is the communications manager at Soul City Institute for Social Justice. Pilane was a health journalist at Bhekisisa from 2017 until 2019.