The Effects Of Water On A Warm Bath

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Chapter 1: 1.1 Introduction Water is used in many forms during labour. A warm bath can be used in the latent stage to ease pain and distress. While cold water can be used to wipe the brow of a labouring woman giving a cooling effect and also dowsing the perineum with warm or cold water to relief stinging as it stretches. Water birth is seen by many as a natural, gentle way of leaving the womb. Due to the fact that all humans start life enclosed in warm liquor and that many people throughout life find that water has a relaxing analgesic effect (Hatfield, 2013). One study of 3000 women found that water can even reduce the need for an epidural (Cluett & Ethel, 2009). Water is at the present time a well-known form of pain relief available…show more content…
Therefore this highlighted a gap in research around midwives attitudes and whether their attitude can impact on the care the given. Table One C5 Why did you not use the choice of pain relief that you had originally planned to? Year of survey 2013 For medical reasons 31% I changed my mind 16% I did not need to use the pain relief I had planned to use 9% There was not time to use my planned pain relief 25% The pain relief I had planned to use did not work 17% I was told there were not enough staff to provide my chosen pain relief 4% I was not told why I could not have my choice of pain relief 4% Other 14% Total 8976 The oxford dictionary defines water birth as “a birth in which the mother spends the final stages of labour in a birthing pool, with delivery taking place either in or out of the water.” (Oxford Dictionary, 2012). Similarly ???? suggest that a water birth is when part or all labour and birth take place in water in a variety of settings including hospitals, standalone units and also in the home setting. Water when used for pain relief in labour is a non-pharmacological way of handling labour pain that requires the entire abdomen being immersed in warm water (Lukasse, Rowe, Townend, Knight, & Hollowell, 2014). 1.2 Historical Perspectives
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