Water Birth Risks
Here are some of the rare problems that could happen while water birthing:
You or your baby could get an infection.
The umbilical cord could snap before your baby comes out of the water.
Your baby’s body temperature could be too high or too low.
Your baby could breathe in bath water.
Your baby could have seizures or not be able to breathe.
“It’s important to emphasize the ‘rare’ part. But these are the sorts of outcomes that are severe, like drowning,” says Jeffrey Ecker, MD, who co-wrote the ACOG committee's opinion on water births.
Don't leave baby's face under the water for more than it takes to get them to your chest (a few seconds). If babe does have a short cord, have somebody else or the midwife hold baby while the cord is being cut.