JCCC Honors Journal


The approach to pregnancy and birth has changed throughout history. Midwifery as a profession has evolved right along with it. In today’s society, women are becoming increasingly interested in pursuing natural childbirth and simply having more choice in the process. Nurse-midwives provide choice and empowerment throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery process. The attraction to nurse-midwives and natural childbirth has created a birth culture which has developed many methods to avoid medical intervention. Water birth has been shown to be one of the most effective and safest methods of pain relief during childbirth.