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No Benefit from Water Births

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Giving birth in water doesn't offer any special benefit for babies or mothers.

A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists studied water births and found that while a birthing pool does ease pain and contribute to a shorter labor... It does not have any benefit during the second stage of labor and could actually pose serious or fatal health risks.

Both organizations say water births should be considered experimental and should only be performed at facilities that follow proper procedures when it comes to cleaning of tubs, infection control and selecting woman who are good candidates.

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