Birth, Bath, and Beyond: The Science and Safety of Waterbirth

Speaker: Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, DEM




Continuing Education Units
One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP


About the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.


Birth, Bath, and Beyond: The Science and Safety of Waterbirth

Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, DEM

Waterbirth is more than a fad or trend – it is evidence-based practice in hospitals, birth centers, and home birth throughout the world. Relaxing in water during labor eases discomfort and creates a gentler birth process.

The benefits of warm water immersion in labor and birth have been studied for over three decades. This course will explain why to integrate water immersion as a comfort measure during birth and highlight the benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care. Special emphasis is given on newborn transitional physiology, the latest research and the impact of the ACOG opinion. The science and safety of birth in water include: Mobility, Intimacy, Research, Consciousness, and Fetal and Newborn Capabilities.


Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, DEM

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world, over  the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide

She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women.

She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. She is currently working on her next book "Embracing the Miracle: The Science, Safety and Spirit of Birth,"   Barbara lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher.  Her website is

Birth, Bath and Beyond: The Science and Safety of Waterbirth

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