Your baby joins you earthside in warmth as she gently makes her way to your chest for that beautiful skin-to-skin moment during your water birth in your home or Pure Births Birth Center. 

Birth your baby into water in our spacious tub within our gorgeous birth suite! 

Pure Births is a midwifery practice based in Santa Clarita, CA. We serve families in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley and all surrounding Los Angeles cities. 

Submerging your body in water during labor provides comfort, promotes relaxation, and is a safe and effective non-pharmacologic pain relief strategy that supports physiological childbirth. Waterbirth allows the laboring mama to assume any position that feels comfortable to her, and affords her a range of mobility unmatched on "land." Your birth team will dim the lights, play soothing music, light candles, and let you gently move as your body tells you in the warm, soothing water. Imagine the potential for ease and comfort in the water--your body softening in the buoyancy that surrounds you. Your baby joins you earthside in warmth as she gently makes her way to your chest for that beautiful skin-to-skin moment.

We love waterbirths!

Here are just a few of those known benefits:

  • Speeds up labor
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Gives mother more feelings of control
  • Provides significant pain relief & relaxation 
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Conserves her energy
  • Reduces the need for drugs and interventions 
  • Gives mother a private protected space
  • Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
  • Reduces cesarean section
  • Is highly rated by mothers (typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again)
  • Is highly rated by experienced providers
  • Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby

** Barbara Harper

A gentle, peaceful, and tranquil transition to life outside the womb.

Water Birth FAQ

Can we have a water birth in our home?
Yes, you can. You can rent a birthing tub or also use your own bath tub if it’s large enough. Birth tub rental information can be given by request.

Will the baby inhale the water in the birth tub?
No. The womb to water transition is usually safe and the baby does not inhale water. We do not allow baby to stay under water too long. We can watch for a innate reflex that lets us know when the baby is ready to be lifted up into the room air.

How long does the baby stay in the water?
Here in the U.S., all practitioners bring the baby out of the water within the first ten seconds following birth. There is no physiological reason to leave the baby under the water for any length of time. There are several water birth DVDs that depict leaving the baby under the water and the babies are just fine. But physiologically, the placenta is supporting the baby with oxygen during this time and it can not be predicted when the placenta begins to separate and stops the flow of oxygen to the baby. The umbilical cord pulsating is not a guarantee that the baby is receiving enough oxygen. The safe approach is to remove the baby, without hurrying him, and gently place him into his mother’s arms.

Is water birth safe?
Water birth in it of itself, is safe. If at any time we feel that birthing in water is not a safe option for you or your baby we will discuss it at that time.

At what point in my labor do I get into the water?
Active labor is the optimal time to get into the water.

What is a safe water temperature for my body and baby to be born into?
The water temperature should not be greater than 101 degrees.

Can water slow down labor?
Some say if you get into the water in early labor and stay in the water too long, it can slow labor. Again, getting into the tub in active labor is usually best.

Can I labor in water but get out to birth on land?
Yes! You can labor in the water and then decide to get out to push and birth your baby. You can use the water as a comfort measure during your labor in early, mid or late labor and then decide to get out if you feel that is what is right for you. We will support you in what feels right for you at that moment. Some women are very determined to have a water birth, and then feel differently at that very moment. We will support you in whichever way you decide to birth.

Can you monitor the baby while in the water? If so how can this done?
Yes! We can listen to your baby’s heart tones while you are in the water. The manufacturers of the monitoring equipment we use make waterproof hand held dopplers. In typical waterbirths the baby’s heart tones are listened to every 30 minutes during first stage and after every pushing contraction during second stage. This allows you to stay in the water and not have to get out of the water to hear the baby’s heart tones.

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My waterbirth experience was amazingly breathtaking! All I dreamed about came true!

Homebirth mama, Castaic CA

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Waterbirth is what I always dreamed of! I can't imagine giving birth any other way now!

 

Jan, Pasadena

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Family Bonding at its finest!! All the family together in the tub immediately postpartum!

Stunning picture of this baby slowly being brought up out of the water for its first breath...