How Much Does a Water Birth Cost?
A water birth is the process of giving birth inside a tub of warm water. This can either be done in the comfort of your own home or in a hospital setting. Many people believe that giving birth underwater is easier for both the mother and the baby. It has been shown that the labor is less painful for the mother when in the water. For this reason, there are many women who go through labor in the tub but then get out for the actual delivery, while other people choose to stay in the water for the entire process. The cost of a water birth will depend on whether you do the birth in your home or at the hospital as well as the midwife you use.
How much is it?
- The price of a water birth will usually depend on the hospital that you choose. Because this is simply a different way of doing things, the cost will usually be about the same as a traditional birth. However, if you want to purchase your own pool for a home water birth, the costs can be anywhere between $200 to $400 for an at-home pool kit. If you do not want to purchase one a pool can be rented for the same price. The benefit of buying one is that you can resell it and make back some of your money; the money paid for renting will simply be lost in the process.
- According to WaterBirth.org, the cost of a water birth at a hospital is usually nothing unless you have to rent a pool for your birth. Most insurance companies are going to cover this type of procedure since they will see it as a “natural” process.
- I-Am-Pregnant.com states that a water birth should set you back $350 to $400.
- For everything, including the midwife, plan on budgeting $2,000 to $5,000 for an at-home birth.
What is going to be included?
- Before the mother steps in the pool, it will be filled with a lead free hose and will connect to the tub. Tap water is usually fine. A midwife may add herbs and oils to help calm nerves.
- Most experts may recommend that the mother steps into the pool once she is 5 centimeters dilated. Once inside of the pool, a nurse or if you choose, a specialized water birth expert, will help you along with your contractions. The water birth is designed to help a mother feel relaxed and calm.
- The pool water will be anywhere from 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Inside of the pool, there are so many different positions in which the mother can use. NaturalChildBirthWorld.com has a list of the many positions that a mother can take advantage of to make her as comfortable as possible.
- While the mother is contracting, a water doppler will be used to measure the baby’s heart rate.
- If purchasing or renting a pool, it is going to include the shipping and miscellaneous fees.
What are the extra costs?
- Most experts will recommend that you take a class before you consider a water birth. Classes can cost $75 to $125 each.
- If you want to work with a doula rather than a OB/GYN, you will have to factor this in as an additional expense. SEE: “How much does a doula cost?” If you are going to have the procedure done at home, you will need to have professionals standing by. Hiring a doula or a midwife will be necessary rather than optional.
Tips to know:
- Today, most hospitals are cooperative for patients that want to have a water birth. However, this does not mean that all of them are going to allow it. Before you head to the hospital for your birth, make sure that you are able to have the water birth that you have always wanted.
- People say that this process is easier for the baby as well. After being in the amniotic fluid for 9 months, the baby receives quite a shock when it is born. Going from the womb to warm water is much less of a shock and is considered to be more comfortable.
- The movement that occurs in the water can help assist in the rotation of the baby’s head.
- Experts and studies have shown that warm water can actually help lower blood pressure in the mother. Other benefits to the mother include a feeling of relaxation, a more private setting, free movement that allows for different positioning, and less pain. This relaxation of the mother in turn causes fewer complications of the birthing process. Reducing the stress of the mother will reduce the stress that is put on the baby.
How can I save money?
- Some health insurance companies do cover water births. If you do not have health insurance, check out comparison websites such as eHealthInsurance.com. If you do have insurance, be sure to check with your provider to see what they can cover.