what’s in the water?

By Alison Campbell 20/11/2009

Procrastinating like crazy, I’ve just come across an interesting post over on Science-Based Medicine. It’s about the hazards associated with water births (sometimes promoted as a ‘natural’ way to deliver a baby…). I’ve wondered before about the sense of delivering a baby under water (the ‘diving’ reflex only kicks in in cold water & no mum-to-be is going to sit around in a chilly tub) but I hadn’t really thought before about the microbiological side of things. Faecal contamination (eg via meconium) + body-temperature water – not a good combination…

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