Explore Alternative Birthing Options in the UAE
Alternative methods are becoming popular due to high success rates, and lower costs
25 July 2017
The conventional method of delivering babies worldwide has been by going to a hospital. However, the costs incurred with pregnancy can add up to quite a bit, especially here in the UAE. Mothers-to-be are now exploring a variety of alternative birthing options and methods.
Alternative birthing is a mix of ancient methods of birthing along with some newer techniques that are being adapted worldwide. Lucky for mums in this part of the world, some of these methods are now available right here in the UAE.
1. Water Birthing
Waterbirths were introduced in the UAE in 2015, and the number has now grown to over 50 as of date. Many mothers are warming up to the concept of water birthing as it is a natural, hygienic and safe way to deliver babies.
For anyone who is expecting to have a normal delivery and is within 37 to 42 weeks pregnant, water births provide a more comfortable experience. Reason being, the warm water surrounding the mother helps release endorphins, and in turn, reduce the sensation of pain. Thus, mums can avoid or at least lessen the dose of pain medication. Water also helps to relax the pelvic floor muscles and soften the perineum, thus reducing the risk of tearing.
There are practically no risks involved in a water birth, and 99.9% of the deliveries are safely carried out in a controlled environment. You can opt for water birthing at Al Zahra Hospital in Dubai.
This philosophy is based on the belief that birth is a natural, normal and healthy function of the body and that a large number of women are able to experience birth calmly and without excruciating pain.
Jasmine Collins, a well-known hypnotherapist and co-founder of Love Parenting UAE says that says that while most clients choose hypnobirthing because they want a calmer and natural birth with low or no medical interventions or drugs, it’s also ideal for any couple looking for knowledge and tools to help them enjoy their pregnancies and to have a positive birthing experience, no matter what path their birthing takes
The greatest advantages of hypnobirthing are the elimination of drugs and pain for delivery. Apart from this, it also helps both parents bond with the concept of birthing rather than the process.
There are various types of hypnotherapy available in the UAE, but probably the most well-known are the HypnoBirthing and EasiBirthing programmes.
3. Doula birth
A doula, also known as a birth companion or post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during, or after childbirth, as well as their spouse and family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. In the UAE, doulas such as Andrea Allen from The Doting Doulas are becoming popular for the services they offer.
A doula does not replace a midwife clinically, but helps prepartum consultation, meets with the parents regularly and post-partum steps such as breastfeeding and baby yoga. A key advantage of having a birth with a doula is that the mother feels supported psychologically as well as physically, contributing to an overall positive birthing experience.
What are the costs involved?
There is some cost involved in each of these birthing techniques, however, total costs are much lower than what a mother-to-be would incur with a hospital birth.
A doula would set you back by AED 3000 - AED 5000 and includes two prenatal education classes, birth support and two postnatal visits at home.
Water birthing at a local hospital in Dubai would cost AED 1000 for a water room and around AED 400 for the pool liner if you choose to labour in the portable pools.
Hypnobirthing can be done either through group classes or individual therapy, costing between AED 2000 - AED 4000, including all materials, books, audios and ongoing support during pregnancy and beyond.
It is wise to note however that you must get checked thoroughly to ensure that the alternative birth method you choose is safe for you and your baby. At any time if you feel like the birthing technique isn't suiting you, please reach out to the nearest doctor.