Geschreven door: Nadine Achtereekte
Gepubliceerd op: 17 april 2023

Bij een badbevalling of watergeboorte vindt een gedeelte van de baring plaats in een bad gevuld met warm water. Dit kan zowel tijdens de ontsluitingsfase, persfase of het nageboortetijdperk zijn (Abedin, 2008). Met een watergeboorte doelen we op een baring waarbij de baby in bad geboren wordt. Bij een badbevalling vindt ten minste een gedeelte van de baring in het water plaats. Een badbevalling kan thuis en in de meeste ziekenhuizen in Nederland, in poliklinische en steeds vaker ook in een klinische setting. Een bevalling kan in een speciaal bevalbad plaatsvinden of in een normale badkuip.

Zijn de uitkomsten voor moeder en kind bij een badbevalling anders dan bij een bevalling zonder bad? Wat is het effect van een badbevalling op de mate van pijn tijdens de baring? Heeft een badbevalling ook nadelen? En is het terecht dat zorgverleners de badbevalling soms afraden? Op deze vragen (en meer) geeft dit artikel antwoord.

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