A warm bath can help you to relax during labour but it can also be suitable for the actual birth. If the mother feels unwell or that the safety of the child is in danger, the birth can be stopped at any time and continued outside of the birthing tub.
The birthing tub is larger than a normal bathtub and has several different handles and supports for hands and feet – getting in and out have to be as easy as possible. The tub is filled with water (without bath products) of between 34 and 36 degrees Celsius to approx. the height of the navel.
In principle, both the opening phase and the expulsive phase can take place in the water. The child is lifted from the water after birth and laid on the mother’s belly. Initial breastfeeding can take place in the water too.