Water as pain relief is very effective. Did you know that using water is almost as effective as an epidural, with none of the side effects?
Water is physically supportive, allowing you to move around more freely and get into positions you would not be able to get into on dry land. It supports your back, pelvis and hips, and is particularly useful for those with PGP, back problems or arthritis.
The warmth of the water is incredibly relaxing, which helps with physically feeling less pain. It also means you produce more oxytocin, the hormone of labour, and more endorphins, the body's natural pain relieving chemicals.
Finally, the walls of the birth pool act as a protective bubble, within which you feel secure and safe. This reduces your adrenaline and increases your oxytocin levels, allowing your body to labour more easily and effectively.