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Should Water Birth Be Offered as an Option for Childbearing Women?

Beal, Judy DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN; Shaw-Battista, Jenna PhD, RN, NP, CNM; Huwe, Valerie Yates RNC-OB, MS, CNS

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July/August 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p 210–211
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000150
ONGOING COLUMNS: Second Opinion Column

Is birth underwater safe? These experts present their views on this controversial childbirth method being offered by some providers and hospitals.

Jenna Shaw-Battista is an Associate Health Sciences Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, where she serves as Associate Education Director for the Nurse-Midwife/ Women's Health Nurse-Practitioner Program. She can be reached via e-mail at shaw-battistaj@obgyn.ucsf.edu

Valerie Huwe is a Perinatal Outreach Educator at the University of California, San Francisco Children's Hospital Outreach Program. She can be reached via e-mail at valerie.huwe@ucsfmedctr.org

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Second Opinion columns are coordinated by Kathleen Leask Capitulo and Judy Beal. Dr. Capitulo can be reached via e-mail at: DrKatieRN@hotmail.com. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at: judy.beal@simmons.edu

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