MIAMI (CBS4) – As CBS4 continues our special series “Talking Baby,” one of the things morning anchor Rhiannon Ally has learned is that there are many options to choose when it comes to bringing a baby into this world.
From natural births to C-sections, many women are even choosing detailed birth plans. There are also a growing number of women are opting for water births.READ MORE: Miami Police Searching For Person In Car Dealership Arson Attack
Leslie and Josh Katz know they have a lot to be thankful for.
“Thank God we have three healthy and loving children. It’s been wonderful,” said Josh Katz.
None of the Katz’s kids were born in a traditional hospital. Newborn Grace was born in a birthing tub inside their home.
“It’s beautiful. You can go to your fridge and have a snack. You can be with your children. There are no rules, no one telling you what you can and can’t do,” Josh Katz said.
Leslie joined a growing number of mothers wanting a more natural experience for their baby. For those opting for water births, mothers can choose a full delivery in a birthing tub or can relax in the tub until it’s time for baby to come out and move to a bed. Whether it’s at home or a private birthing center, a midwife or doula aids in the process.
Licensed midwife and owner of the Hollywood Birth Center in Hollywood, Debbie Marin, has been performing water births since her own daughter was born 30 years ago.
“It’s being part of a miracle all the time. I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything in the world. It’s beautiful,” said Marin.READ MORE: Florida Woman Records Close Encounter With Alligator While Paddleboarding
She said there are benefits to mom and baby.
“There’s less pain, she’s more relaxed, less tears in the water and the baby is more relaxed,” said Marin. “Water to water entry into the world is more gentle.”
Leslie says when she was expecting her first son, an OBGYN tried to convince her to go in a different direction because of two previous back surgeries.
“I kept saying ‘I want a natural birth, I want a natural birth’ and she said given your back history, we’re thinking C-section.”
Leslie knew she wanted a natural birth, but when she mentioned water birth to her husband, he was a little uncomfortable at first. The two did some research and ultimately decided it was the right decision for their family.
Like any method, water births aren’t for everyone and it’s something that must be performed by a doctor or licensed midwife. Marin says if there’s a problem during the pregnancy or delivery, they will refer the woman to the hospital.
But, for the Katz and their growing family, there’s no place like home. “It was amazing. So beautiful and the water gives you so much comfort.” said Leslie.MORE NEWS: Police: Argument Leads To Fatal Shooting In SW Miami-Dade
Always check with your doctor about your options before making any decision.