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why choose a waterbirth?

Dr Julia Sanders, a consultant midwife, and a member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), which drew up guidelines in June 2006, said: "There is a perception that water is just nice. But it is the most effective form of pain relief barring an epidural in labour. NICE states that birthing pools are second only to epidurals in alleviating pain "

 "All expectant mothers should be offered a water birth for the safest form of pain relief, says the Government's health watchdog."

"I would like to see more women using water and fewer women using the types of pain relief that are less effective."

To read more about NICE ‘clinical guidelines’ click here.

"There is a perception that water is just nice. But it is the most effective form of pain relief barring an epidural in labour. NICE states that birthing pools are second only to epidurals in alleviating pain”