Christine Brown, S.N.M., B.S.N., received her undergraduate nursing degree from Montana State University and is currently a nurse-midwifery student in the graduate program at Saint Louis University.
Therapeutic Effects Of Bathing During Labor
Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2011
1982 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 13–16, January-February 1982
How to Cite
Brown, C. (1982), Therapeutic Effects Of Bathing During Labor. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 27: 13–16. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(82)90128-8
- Issue online: 10 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2011
The application of water externally to the body for therapeutic effects is a practice called hydrotherapy which dates back to ancient times. Immersing the body in water is an effective method of relieving pain, promoting muscular relaxation, and reducing psychological tension due to the hydrothermal and hydrokinetic properties of water. Using a warm bath to decrease the pain associated with labor and to enhance the process of a normal labor can be safely instituted by nurse-midwives. The bath should feel comfortably warm, cover the body completely, and may continue for as long as the woman is comfortable. Bathing in no way compromises the fetus and thus appears to be an ideal analgesic for use during labor.