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Birthing Options


Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. Other women decide to stay in the water for the delivery as well. The theory behind water birth is that the baby has been in the amniotic sac for 9 months and birthing into a similar environment is gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother.

Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is an option an expecting mother and her physician will discuss. Although the mantra used to be “once a Caesarean, always a Caesarean,” advancements in C-section surgical procedures now allow for women with previous C-sections to try a vaginal delivery.

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is used to relieve pain during procedures. Commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas’, nitrous oxide is a pain-relief option for women who deliver their baby at Lakewood. While it doesn’t take away all the pain during labor and delivery, it helps the mother relax and feel less tense during contractions. Talk with your provider to see if this option is for you.