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Water births have become increasingly common in recent years and have been shown to reduce several complications of childbirth, promote a midwife-like model of care, and to increase the relaxation of the birthing mother (Burns et al, 2012).
The first section will discuss the style of evidence which was used to fulfill the criteria of later sections, and how this is to be evaluated and used throughout the project. The second section covers the evidence, research and guidelines related to water births and how this is related to best practice. It covers several types of material to give a well-balanced overview of the topic from many angles, each of which is evaluated in depth with respect to water births. The third and final section explores the importance of communication in the relationship between mother and midwife, and how this professional responsibility informs the way that a midwife gives the mother informed consent and fair options about her own care and that of the baby. This information will be looked at in the context of the water birth and how this option fits into the broader practice of midwifery and neonatal care. ...
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