Water Birth

Water birth has been called “The Midwife’s Epidural”. Women who labor in water report feeling far less discomfort than with “land births”. Most of our clients choose to labor in water at some point. Some women prefer to just be in the shower, while many others prefer the relief provided by laboring in a birth pool.

The birth pools at NOVA Natural Birth Center are large enough for a couple. Each pool is a bit different and you will choose your favorite one or two for your birth. More than half our mothers have their babies in the water. Nearly all will spend some time in the water. It is a huge help and offers relaxation and movement that promote labor and reduce the discomfort. Babies have a more gentle entrance to the world coming through warm water before they hit the cold air. We have pools to rent if you plan a home birth.


Advantages Include

  • Encourages production of endorphins, “nature’s morphine”

    Deep relaxation encourages the woman’s body to increase production of endorphins. Endorphins have a morphine-like effect, causing the woman to have a greater sense of wellbeing, and a reduction of pain.

  • Better oxygenation for the baby

    Buoyancy from being in water provides better blood circulation, resulting in better oxygenation for the baby.

  • Promotes labor progress

    When tension inhibits labor progress, water can help ease that tension and help the woman’s labor to progress. It is not unusual for a woman to progress very quickly once she enters the birth pool.

  • Greater ability for the partner to participate

    Birthing couples frequently labor together in the birth pool. Couples enjoy the intimacy and comfort of being together in the pool during labor and birth. Sharing those special moments together can also increase the flow of oxytocin, which further enhances labor progress and bonding as a family.

  • Greater ability for the partner to participate

    Birthing couples frequently labor together in the birth pool. Couples enjoy the intimacy and comfort of being together in the pool during labor and birth. Sharing those special moments together can also increase the flow of oxytocin, which further enhances labor progress and bonding as a family.

  • Increased comfort

    Women who labor in water report a significant reduction in discomfort during labor and birth.

  • Helps mother to conserve her energy

    Since immersion reduces the influence of gravity and supports the mother’s weight, her focus can be more on coping with the contractions.

  • Increased mobility

    The buoyancy provided by immersion in a deep birth pool allows the woman to move freely and easily. This can help the baby get into an optimal position for the birth.

  • Improved efficiency of contractions

    The buoyancy provided by immersion in water helps the contractions to be more efficient by providing better oxygenation of the uterine muscle.

  • Less tearing

    The equalization of pressure on the muscles and tissues involved in birth helps to reduce the likelihood of tearing, and also lessens the severity of tears that do happen.

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Our Service Area: NOVA Natural Birth Center midwives serve families throughout the entire Northern Virginia area and about 50 + miles surrounding our Chantilly location. We are near the Dulles International Airport and serve the following communities,  Aldie, South Riding, Centreville, Dulles, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, Arlington,  Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Springfield, Manassas,  Woodbridge, Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow,  and beyond. We also attend home births in these areas. Some couples come to the birth center from Washington DC, Maryland and beyond. If you live near the border of our service area, we may, depending upon your exact location, still be able to help you or refer you to a midwife who lives closer to you.

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NOVA Natural Birth Center
location 4200A Technology Court, Chantilly, VA 20151
phone 703-357-3808
Se Habla Español
fax 888-770-0243
email 
office@novabirthcenter.com