Water birth is an alternative birthing option that is quickly gaining ground throughout the community.
Since Cone Health Women’s Hospital first began offering water birth as labor and/or delivery option to their patients in 2008, more than 200 babies have been delivered through the water birth method.
The exceptional team of certified nurse midwives within the Cone Health network has helped the water birth program at Women’s Hospital flourish, as midwives play a large role in educating expectant mothers and couples about water birth and caring for them throughout the entire pregnancy and delivery process.
The weightlessness of water birth reduces the gravitational pull and harsh stresses of pushing during labor. It can also be a more gentle transition for the baby. Laboring in the water can relieve much of the pain associated with childbirth and allows the mother to use little or no medication.
Other advantages beyond pain management include the comfort and mobility of the mother, reduced pressure on the abdomen, less expenditure of energy by the mother and deeper relaxation.
There are also many benefits to water birth delivery in the hospital setting.
Women’s Hospital has a dedicated team of certified nurse midwives, OB/GYN specialists and other related medical providers on the clock 24/7 to provide support throughout patients’ delivery process and act quickly if any complications occur during labor to ensure the mother and baby’s health.
Vicki Latham is a certified nurse midwife at Central Carolina OB/GYN and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.
Latham is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
In 1988, she obtained a Master’s degree in neonatal-perinatal nursing at Emory University, and began work as a clinical nurse specialist in labor and delivery at Moses Cone Hospital and Women’s Hospital.
While continuing to work at Cone Health Women’s Hospital, she obtained her certificate in nurse-midwifery from the Frontier School of Mid-Wifery and Family Nursing.