Water birth

Water is an effective source of pain relief in labour. Read our introduction to water in labour and birth, including birth pools and other ways of using water in labour.
This article provides practical information about preparing for a water birth, and discusses setting up a pool and what equipment you might need.
What’s the best way to arrange to use a birth pool in labour? Read our article for more information on arranging a home or hospital water birth.
This article answers common questions on using a birth pool during labour, including what happens when the baby is born in the water, and situations when you may have to get out.