Waterbirth is a birth in which the mother spends the final stages of labour in the birthing pool and delivers her baby completely submerged in water. The use of water to ease pain during birth has been acknowledged for centuries and is currently recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Research concludes that outcomes in water are at least as good as, or even better than on dry land and complications were rare.
You can use the pool in your the final stages of labour. Unfortunately, you will not be able to have an epidural whilst in the pool. If the midwife has any concerns about your labour, she will advise you to leave the pool.
If you have any questions regarding waterbirth or about the birthing pool please do not hesitate to speak to your midwife.