The Birthplace At Sonoma Valley Hospital has installed a spa tub in one of its private rooms for expectant women interested in having a water birth.
The new tub has been funded by a grant from the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation.
“When women who have recently delivered at Sonoma Valley Hospital were asked what could improve their experience here, adding a spa tub for water births was their most frequent request,” said Pauline Headly, director of The Birthplace. “We greatly appreciate the foundation’s support in allowing us to offer this service.”
The new tub, manufactured by AquaDoula, is specifically designed for labor and water birth. It has a booster seat cushion and soft padded floor and sidewalls for comfort, and solid-state thermostat that maintains a constant warm temperature.
Water birth offers delivering moms many benefits, according to the American Pregnancy Association, including promoting more efficient contractions, less pain, and more oxygen for the baby. The tub’s warm water has been shown to increase the woman’s energy; is soothing and relaxing; and can reduce stress-related hormones.