Waterbirth Basics (PDF) – though denser than your average article or FAQ, if you are interested in having a waterbirth, this well-researched and referenced article by Barbara Harper, first published in Midwifery Today magazine (Summer 2000), is a must-read.
The water made me so completely connected to my body and my baby. The water held me and cradled me so that I could surrender more completely to this amazing and wonderful grace that was happening to me. This is the way that God intended childbirth to be.
— Cynthia (quoted in Waterbirth Basics)
Waterbirth International – this reknowned organization was started by Barbara Harper, RN and author of Gentle Birth Choices. She has been researching waterbirth since 1983. The website has loads of information, photos, birth stories, a referral service and will help you if you want to get your hospital to allow waterbirths.
I highly recommend that you check out at least one video on waterbirth – the beauty of waterbirth really needs to be seen to be believed. Often these can be borrowed from your midwife, childbirth educator or library. They can also be ordered online from most providers of waterbirth supplies including Waterbirth International.
Birth Into Being – The Russian Waterbirth Experience
2007 from Waterbirth International
Russian Spiritual Midwife, Tatyana Sargunas and her filmmaker husband, Alexi, recorded five totally natural, incredible waterbirths. Their original footage takes you on a breathtaking expedition to witness two families birthing in the Black Sea, and into their home to see two of their daughters being born in a handmade clear birthing pool. Scenes of children and babies swimming with dolphins will delight and amaze audiences of all ages.
Gentle Birth Choices – DVD
2006 by Barbara Harper
Six natural births!
Based on Barbara Harper’s book Gentle Birth Choices, this film presents birth as every woman would like it to be. In a birth center setting, you will see two waterbirths, a squatting birth, an older mother whose last baby was born 18 years previously, and a VBAC. You will also witness a beautiful home birth. These births are family-centered, and attended by midwives or an OB/GYN.
Water Babies – The Aquanatal Experience in Ostend
1994 by Jade Productions, Belgium
This video reveals the amazing work of a dedicated group of water birth practitioners, parents and aquanatal instructors in H.Surreys Hospital in Ostend, Belgium. We see what is now the world’s leading Aquatic Maternity Center, where couples spend time preparing for birth in aquatic prenatal classes, giving birth in water and returning their newborns into the aquatic environment for swim training, fun and bonding.
With 17 years of encouraging women to use warm water to ease labor and facilitate birth, Dr. Herman Ponette tells us of his experience with more than 3000 water births in Ostend, where more than 50 percent of all women give birth in water. You will see many beautiful births in water, including a breech presentation and the birth of twins.
Born In Water – A Sacred Journey
2001 – by Andaluz Waterbirth Center
A beautiful collection of seven waterbirths, including a home waterbirth, attended by midwife, Jennifer Gallardo, at the Andaluz Waterbirth Center in Guatemala and Oregon. Witness women give birth without intervention as they reclaim their power as a bearer of life and bring their children into the world with gentleness, awareness and wisdom.
by Sage Femme, Inc.
This video is very powerful in communicating the power and beauty of home waterbirth. Needless to say, this is not your typical birth video. In fact this is not your typical birth in the USA, which is all the more reason that it should be shown.
*All descriptions adapted from the publisher’s or producer’s descriptions.