Swimming Through Pregnancy

Cricketer Jonty Rhodes became daddy to a baby girl through what is known as a water birth. Read on to find out more.

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Jonty Rhodes recently became a dad in India. What makes the birth of his daughter all the more interesting – apart from the fact that she was named ‘India’ and that the irrepressible Amul took out an ad – is that it was a water birth.

Swimming Through Pregnancy

We decided that it was time to look at some of the popular alternate birthing methods in India.

Floating in the Deep

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What, you may ask, is a water birth? Simply this: a labouring mamma gives birth inside a pool of warm water.

Such a birth provides quick labour and natural relief from pain.

The mother can choose to come out of the water too, for the actual delivery.

The rationale behind this approach to birthing is that the baby in the womb is used to floating in amniotic fluid sac, thus making a water birth gentler for the baby.

The buoyant forces of water support the mommy-to-be’s weight and helps reduce her pain.

Besides, warm water is in itself calming and anxiety reducing. It could end up making the birth a little more enjoyable for the mother.

A Hypnotic Birth

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The Duchess of Cambridge took respite in a hypnobirth.

Self hypnosis clears the big mental block that mums-to-be have during childbirth.

It helps to mentally condition mommies who want to have a normal delivery minus the painkillers.

The technique also reduces fatigue during labour.

Both techniques (water birth and hypnobirth) are available at leading hospital chains in India.


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Acupuncture stimulates the body by using thin needles at specific points. It helps to maintain the natural flow of energy (or qi).

Ironically, the pain of the needles alleviates the pain of the pregnancy.

Some studies have even shown that the pain of women who practise this method is 50 percent less than those who do not voluntarily undergo the pain of needles.

The treatment is also effective in alleviating the pain of women whose water has already broken.


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Through controlled breathing, the usage of drugs during delivery can be altogether avoided.

Lamaze is a six-week session involving both partners where breathing practices and other pregnancy related information is disseminated.

Started in the 1950s, this technique relaxes the mommy with measured breathing so that she can stay away from drugs during pregnancy.

Birthing From Within

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(Photo: iStockphoto)

It’s a spiritual approach to birthing – one that employs painting, sculpting, meditating, journal writing, etc. – all of which celebrate the mother’s inner experience of giving birth.

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