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Continued: April 24: Allina halts all water births, upsetting expectant moms

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 21, 2014 - 11:07 PM

Women who chose the Mother Baby Center because it touted water births are being treated unfairly, said Liz Hochman, a doula and leader of the Childbirth Collective, a Twin Cities advocacy group for alternative birthing methods. “They could be in labor today, and they made that decision because of this big marketing ploy that, ‘Hey, we have water births now!’ ”

Allina still offers hydrotherapy, meaning that women can sit in tubs during their initial labors to reduce the pain of contractions.

If Rajdl can’t switch birthing sites, she plans to make use of the tub at the Mother Baby Center so she can try to give birth again without pain medication. She wondered aloud what would happen if she got in the tub, then refused to get out.

“Could they physically make me get out?” she asked with a laugh — sort of.

Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

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