Water Birth

$100 rental fee - Available to all Village Doula clients

Many women choose to seek comfort in the water during the birthing process.  The benefits of immersion in water have been recognized for centuries. It’s been called “The Midwife’s Epidural”.  Waterbirth International lists the benefits as follows:

  • Water facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position that is comfortable for labour and birth

  • Speeds up labour

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Gives mother feelings of control

  • Provides significant pain relief

  • Promotes relaxation

  • Conserves mother’s energy

  • Reduces the need for drugs and interventions

  • Gives mother a private protected space

  • Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies

  • Reduces cesarean section rates

  • Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again; some even stating they would never give birth any other way!

  • Is highly rated by experienced providers

  • Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby


We use La Bassine Professional Birth Pools by Made in Water.  They are available to our clients for an additional fee of $100.  This includes set up and take down plus all supplies needed.  Birth pools can be used at home for a home birth or before heading to the hospital, and also at the Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert (with a doula) and the Royal Alex (Lois Hole) or Misericordia Hospitals in Edmonton if there is a midwife attending the birth.

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