Conception-to-Delivery Maternity Care at Burjeel Hospital.

Now, you can give your baby the best care – from the very beginning of your pregnancy, all the way up to the delivery and beyond. With Burjeel's highly skilled team of gynecologists, the most modern diagnostic tools and world-class facilities and services, you can expect superior medical care and personalized attention to prevent complications and ensure a smooth and safe delivery. After all, don't we want to give only the best to our children?

  • Experienced team of obstetricians, gynecologists and nurses
  • Personalized follow-up consultations
  • Comprehensive ultrasound screening and imaging facilities
  • Antenatal Classes
  • Modern and spacious Labor and Delivery Suites
  • Latest birthing beds with built-in massage features
  • Qualified and caring midwives
  • Emergency Services

Water Birth at Burjeel Hospital

We are pleased to inform you that Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi is now offering you the opportunity to experience Water Birth, a process that has proven benefits with lesser labour pain.
By introducing this facility, Burjeel Hospital intends to extend its core belief ‘The Art of Healing’ towards every mom by offering them a less stressful delivery experience.
As this facility is introduced recently, we request you to book your birth room well in advance. 
For any assistance regarding Water Birth, you can talk to our midwifery manager or obstetrician.
We have compiled this information leaflet to give you and your partner a piece of detailed information about labour and birth in water.

  • What is Water Birth?

    Water birth means at least part of your labour, delivery, or both happen while you’re in a birth pool filled with warm water.

  • What is it like to labour in a birth pool?

    The soothing sensation and relaxing effect of water, with its support and warmth, plays an important role as your labour progresses. Being immersed in water enables you to simply go with your contractions, especially once you’re in active labour.

    Being relaxed also helps you to breathe calmly. Once you're in the warm waters of the pool, you're in your own world and can proceed with your labour, undisturbed.

    Using a birth pool for labour is often such a positive experience, that many mums want to experience it again for their next baby.

  • What are the benefits of labouring in water?

    The benefits of labouring and giving birth in water include:

    • Less painful contractions
    • The relaxing effect of warm water helps produce Endorphins - promoting the body’s natural pain relief mechanism
    • Reduced need for Analgesia (pain relief) such as Pethidine or Epidurals.
    • Less need for drugs that accelerate labour such as Oxytocin
    • Shorter labour
    • Birthing pool supports 75% of labouring woman’s weight, allowing the woman to feel buoyant and comfortable
    • Mobility is easier, thus preserving a woman’s energy for labour
    • More likely to achieve a natural birth
    • Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, reducing the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for an episiotomy and stitches.
    • Gentle birth for the baby
    • The gentle birth experience encourages breastfeeding immediately
    • Water Birthing provides an environment similar to the amniotic sac, for the baby
  • Birth in water

    Research suggests that for healthy women with normal pregnancies and in full-term labour (after 37 weeks gestation) using the water for labour and birth is as safe as for land birth. Healthy babies who cope well with labour can be born in the pool without any complications to the baby.

    In situations where your midwife or doctor feels that your baby is distressed or compromised during labour, they will advise you not to deliver your baby in the water.

  • Risks of labouring in water

    For healthy women, the complications with labouring in water are seemingly rare. A concern for some people is that the baby will breathe while still under the water - this is highly unlikely as there are many mechanisms to prevent any untoward incident. One of which is the drop in temperature that usually occurs when a baby is born. But at Burjeel Hospital, the water temperature is carefully monitored throughout the labour to prevent the drop.

  • Can you choose Water Birthing?

    If you are healthy, between 37 to 42 weeks pregnant with no severe medical conditions or complications, and have a history of completely normal labours; then you are suitable for water birthing.

  • Importance of water temperature

    At Burjeel Hospital, we take every responsibility for your comfort and care. As the water temperature is one of the most important factors in water birth, our staff makes sure that the water temperature is regulated as per your needs. The midwife also keeps a check on your body temperature along with the room temperature.

  • When should the patient enter the water?

    We believe that the best time is when your labour is established.

  • When it’s time to deliver

    As the delivery time approaches, you will know whether to deliver your baby in the pool or outside the water. During the delivery process, you will be assisted by the midwife and the doctor. Babies born in the water tend to have their eyes open and be calm. Sometimes the baby may take a short time to become pink. This is because of the gentle and normal birth experience.

  • The third stage – Placenta

    The patient will be asked to leave the pool to deliver the Placenta.

  • When should you leave the pool?

    To preserve the benefits of labouring in the water we will try to create a calm, unhurried and relaxed atmosphere. We will encourage you verbally when necessary and disturb you as little as possible at other times. We will need to listen to your baby’s heart rate and regularly check your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. At Burjeel Hospital, we will do a short admission trace of the baby’s heart rate, before entering the pool. You will have to leave the pool under the below circumstances.

    • If you need a pain-relieving injection or an epidural
    • If you want to use the toilet
    • If there is difficulty in hearing your baby’s heart rate or any irregularities in the baby’s heart rate
    • You may be requested to leave the pool for a vaginal examination
    • If your blood pressure, pulse or temperature become abnormal
    • If your labour does not progress as expected
    • To deliver the placenta
  • What should you wear?

    It is important that you feel relaxed and in control during labour. So, the choice of what you wear is very much personal. Some women like to be naked when they give birth and find clothing gets in the way. Others feel more comfortable if they are wearing a T-shirt or bikini top which covers their body. You may want to bring a dressing gown or a large towel from home because you can become cold very quickly if you need to leave the pool for any reason.

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