New Position Paper on Waterbirth Released
Joint Paper By MANA, Citizens for Midwifery
The MANA and CfM Joint Position Statement on Water Immersion During Labor and Birth is a position paper written for a broad audience including midwives and other birthcare professionals, consumers, doulas, childbirth educators, and policy makers. It is co-authored by the Midwives Alliance of North America and Citizens for Midwifery. A year of collaborative work has produced a great educational tool that gives concise access to the research and the wisdom of experience that documents the safety, benefits and recommendations for success. With over 80 citations, including the new study "Maternal & Newborn Outcomes Following Immersion During Waterbirth" by Bovbjerg, Cheyney and Everson, which utilized data from the MANA Statistics project, and research by waterbirth activist Barbara Harper, the position paper is a reference guide to the evidence for the safety of water immersion during labor and birth.
The Joint Position Statement can help in these ways:
- describes the benefits of water immersion for mother and baby,
- suggests how these benefits may improve outcomes for families of color,
- addresses consumer choice and shared decision making,
- considers client values and individual needs and,
- lists factors that promote safety and success.
The practical and professional pearls of wisdom make the Factors that Promote Safety and Success section an invaluable tool when considering and planning a waterbirth and we are pleased to be able to share them with you.
Learn more at the MANA blog.