Water Labor and Birth: New Guidance For the first time, guidance on hydrotherapy during labor and birth has been created by maternity care experts providing health care professionals and institutions with consensus that had been previously lacking on this topic. A collaboration of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), and the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) has assembled the guidance template using the most current information and best practices available to outline various roles and responsibilities for caring for women who labor and/or give birth in water. The template is available online now for early review and will be published in the January/February 2017 issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.
This new document has been informed by methodologically-sound, peer-reviewed studies that have been published to date. The template format allows for adapting and tailoring the guidance according to the maternity care team members providing the care, their institutions and their birth settings. READ THE ENTIRE NACPM NEWS RELEASE HERE