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Water Birth: A Gentle Alternative for Mommy and Baby

Posted on 20 August 2012 by hulda

Sunday, 9 September:

Certification course for Mother/Baby Professionals

Monday, 10 September:

Embracing the Miracle Workshop for parents and professionals

Water Birth is more than just a trend: it is a safe alternative for women who want to choose a more natural way of giving birth. Being submerged in water for most or all of labour eases discomfort and creates a gentle birthing process. The benefits of giving birth in water has been studied in many countries over the last three decades and is known to be effective in relieving the pain of childbirth.

Having a safe and gentle birth is not only beneficial to the mother, but also to the child.  Current research suggests that babies are conscious participants during birth, so they think, feel and remember everything about the birth experience, which affects the development of their brain structures.

Barbara Harper, registered nurse, midwife and founder of Waterbirth International says that that we should “re-think birth from this bio-physiologic perspective and examine core beliefs” to include a more holistic perspective so women can learn how to give birth with more ease, which makes the experience better for both her and the baby.

Barbara will be presenting two workshops at Annerley to teach parents and professionals the science and evidence behind waterbirth and how common birth practices enhance or deter the birth process.

Waterbirth Certification Workshop

Date: Sunday 9 September, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: HKD 1,200/ USD 155
Location: Annerley Hong Kong, 17/F Tak Woo House, Wo On Lane,
17-19 D’aguilar Street, Central, HK

Please register online or call (852) 9285-6292 or email

Waterbirth is becoming an increasingly popular option for women who want to have a more natural way of giving birth. This certification workshop is created to prepare professionals for further training so they can assist women who choose waterbirth as an option. Attendees will learn the basics of waterbirth for the mother, the physiology of newborn breathing, hormonal control and the baby’s role in the birthing process. Attendees will receive a certificate and course materials.

Workshop Objectives

At the end of the workshops the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the difference between controversial and absolute contraindications for birth in water.
  2. Define the term epigenetics.
  3. Outline the steps to resolve a shoulder dystocia in the water.
  4. List the two new observable reflexes on the Aquatic Apgar.
  5. Discuss the benefits of physiologic third stage for newborns.
  6. List two reasons why newborn crying is detrimental.

Contact Hours

This course has been approved by the American College of Nurse Midwives for 6 contact hours (0.6 CEUs) Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Waterbirth International that makes them eligible for future credentialing in waterbirth.

Embracing the Miracle

Date: Monday 10 September, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: HKD 600/ USD 75
Location: Annerley Hong Kong, 17/F Tak Woo House, Wo On Lane,
17-19 D’aguilar Street, Central, HK

Please register online or call (852) 9285-6292 or email

“Embracing the Miracle” will teach parents and professionals how to have a gentle birth and will cover how common birth practices can enhance or deter the birth process and child’s development.

Attend both “Waterbirth Certification” and “Embracing the Miracle” workshop

Date and Time:
Sunday 9 September, 2012 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and
Monday 10 September, 2012 (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
Cost: HKD 1550 (save HKD 250) / USD 200 (save USD 30)
Location: Annerley Hong Kong, 17/F Tak Woo House, Wo On Lane,
17-19 D’aguilar Street, Central, HK



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  1. Maria wan Says:

    I’m 3 months pregnant and am looking into home water birth in Hong Kong. Could you advise if I could find a qualified midwife from your organization who could assist?

    Much appreciate your reply.
    Maria wan

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