Saint Elizabeth Suspending Water Births After More Than 20 Years

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Hospitals around the country are banning water births after a recent opinion came out from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The opinion said that underwater deliveries have no proven benefits to women or babies and may pose a health risk.

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is one of the hospitals following the opinion. They are temporarily suspending their water births after more than 20 years.

The hospital says they're hoping to have the water births back by July. They do have a team working to do more research and make sure their practice is done in a safe and studied way.

However, the suspension leaves expecting moms like Vanessa Neuhaus changing their birth plan. Neuhaus says she planned to have a water birth at Saint Elizabeth with her second child.

Neuhaus and her husband will now go back to Bellevue Medical Center where they had their first child.


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