LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare plans to end the option of water births because of opinions by two national physician organizations.
Thirty babies were born under water last year at Mayo-Franciscan's La Crosse hospital. Spokesman Rick Thiesse says women will still be able to use immersion while in labor to help manage pain. But, the birth itself won't be under water.
A committee of the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued an opinion last year that water births should only be used in clinical trials. It recommended the actual delivery should be out of the water because of the higher risk of infection for the mother and child.
The La Crosse Tribune says Gundersen Health System plans to continue water births at its affiliated hospitals in Tomah and Viroqua.