Water birth Access at Term to Estimate Risks and Benefits In Research cohorTs in Hospital (WATERBIRTH): a prospective cohort feasibility study.

Project type/s Cohort study
Project status Currently underway

Water birth is a method of birth where a baby is born fully submerged in water and is immediately brought head first to the surface. While water immersion in labour and birth is available in most Australian birth centres, neonatal safety concerns expressed by some health practitioners have served as a barrier to implementation in mainstream birthing suites. This project aims to investigate whether this method of birth is not worse than land birth, for women with low-risk pregnancies, with respect to serious neonatal morbidity.

Team Members

  • Prof Sue Kildea - Team Role: Principal Investigator
  • Di Poad - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Dr Mike Beckmann - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Helen Stapleton - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Jyai Allen - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Kay Wilson - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Kristen Gibbons - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Melissa Fox - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Nigel Lee - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Paul Woodgate - Team Role: Project Coordinator
  • Jo Hoey - Team Role: Research Assistant
  • Loris Muir - Team Role: Research Assistant
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