Rally to Bring Back Water Births at Saint Elizabeth

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Lincoln, Neb. Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is temporarily suspending their water births after an opinion came out from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists saying that underwater deliveries have no proven benefits to women or babies and may pose a health risk.

Dozens of people rallied outside the hospital Wednesday to show just how important the option of water births is to the community.

Organizers of the rally also started a petition to urge Saint Elizabeth to stand up for the rights of women in the delivery room.

According to organizer Gabrielle Volkmer, the petition has more than 1,000 signatures from Nebraska residents and 800 from people in other states and even other countries.

Saint Elizabeth says they have a team of nurses dedicated to research and bringing the water births back by July.

Dr. Jenna Fiala says the hospital wants to make sure their practice is done in a safe and studied way.