Everything You Need to Know About Water Birth in St. Louis

Water births are often profoundly meaningful experiences for both mamas and their babies. Hydrotherapy is not only a natural form of pain relief, but it also lets you stay in control of your delivery. By laboring in water, you can ditch the gravity and move into different positions while staying in a comfortable environment. If you’ve been considering hydrotherapy for your upcoming delivery, I would love to tell you about a few experts who can help you with your water birth in St. Louis.  

3 Excellent Centers for Your Water Birth in St. Louis

Peaceful Beginnings

Peaceful Beginnings serves as a midwifery practice started by Jennifer Konkol, a certified professional midwife. Jennifer began her journey training as a professional birth worker in 2005. She’s now joined by two assistants to ensure your natural birth is a smooth experience. 

Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll receive regular prenatal care with Jennifer. As your due date nears, she’ll work with you so you can get the supplies you need for your home birth. The practice will supply a birthing pool if needed. Following your delivery, your birth team will stay by your side for 3-4 hours, performing assessments and ensuring a tidy space so you can focus on bonding with your newborn. 

A mom to be with bump exposed in her pink velour maternity gown sits on a white bed in a studio Water Birth St. Louis

Sacred Garden Midwifery

Sacred Garden Midwifery serves as a home birth practice started by Barbara Gremaud, a certified professional and nurse midwife with personal experience following her own home births. Jennifer Konkol of Peaceful Beginnings trained Barbara and continues to work closely with her. 

Barbara lets you choose your team for your home birth. The home birth fee includes the pool, so you don’t have to worry about unexpected charges. Outside of her midwifery work, Barbara provides lactation consultations as an IBCLC and well-woman visits within her Central West End office. 

A mom to be holds her bump sticking out of a pink maternity gown as she lays on a white bed

Barefoot Birth STL

Barefoot Birth STL serves as a midwifery center opened by Andi Webb, a midwife with over a decade of experience. Andi is passionate about natural birth and loves working with parents to give them the birth story they’ve dreamed of. 

You’ll receive scheduled prenatal visits and basic prenatal lab work throughout your pregnancy. As you get closer to your due date, you’ll receive home visits where Andi can advise you on how to get your space ready for delivery. The center will provide the birth pool free of charge so you can use water to propel you through your home birth. The birth team will assess and clean your space as you rest with your newborn.

A mom to be stands in a window in a studio in a pink velour maternity gown with a hand on her head and another on her back before a Water Birth St. Louis

Water Birth St. Louis

If you’ve been considering a water birth in St. Louis for your delivery, check out these centers. With all three, you’ll find professionals ready to ensure you have a wonderful birth experience. 

While you’re planning your delivery, make sure you schedule some newborn portraits! I’m a St. Louis-based photographer and love working with parents to capture those precious early moments of parenthood. Whether you want a nature-filled photo session with lots of warmth or prefer a dreamy studio session in my Lake Saint Louis studio, I’ve got you covered! If you’ve been considering booking a session for your family, let’s have a conversation so I can tell you more about my style.


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