Our Affiliate System

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019

Water Birth

Calm and Relaxing

The theory behind water birth is that because the baby has lived in the amniotic fluid sac for nine months, birthing into a similar environment is gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother than a traditional birth.

Water births can be arranged at the hospital as well as at our birth center.

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Water Birth Benefits for Mom

A water birth can help a woman relax physically, which leads to mental relaxation and an increased ability to focus on the birth process.

  • Warm water is soothing, comforting and relaxing
  • Use of water can boost your energy during the late stages of labor
  • The effect of buoyancy lessens your body weight, allowing free movement and new positioning alternatives
  • Buoyancy promotes efficient uterine contractions and improved blood circulation, which results in increased oxygenation of uterine muscles, reduced pain for you and enhanced oxygen for your baby
  • Immersion in water often helps reduce high blood pressure caused by anxiety
  • Water can reduce stress-related hormones, allowing your body to produce endorphins, which serve as pain inhibitors
  • Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, decreasing the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for an episiotomy and/or stitches
  • As a laboring woman relaxes physically, she also can relax mentally, resulting in an increased ability to focus on the birth process
  • Because water provides a heightened sense of privacy, it can ease inhibitions, anxiety and fears

Benefits for Baby

  • A water setting is similar to the amniotic sac
  • Being surrounded by water eases the stress of birth, thus increasing reassurance and a sense of security

Who can use water for labor and birth?

You and your baby must meet all of the following criteria for water labor and/or birth:

  • Be generally healthy without major pregnancy complications
  • Be carrying one baby who is presenting head down
  • Be at least 37 weeks pregnant at the time of birth
  • Not be a carrier of (or infected with) HIV, hepatitis B or C, or have other active infections at the time of the birth
  • Have a BMI under 40 and follow weight gain recommendations for pregnancy

Certain women attempting vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) may be able to have a water birth. If you have previously had a cesarean section, talk to your doctor about whether you can have a water birth.