Saying giving birth is extremely painful would be a gross understatement.
Thankfully, some women are able to opt for medication, like an epidural, to get pain relief during childbirth. However, others still prefer the natural, unmedicated approach to labor, which is why the number of water births has gone up over the last couple of years.
According to Michelle Collins, C.N.M., an assistant professor of nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing who specializes in nurse-midwifery, the majority of women who have given birth under water report that their pain was reduced by 50 percent.
Turns out, "there is a chemical and hormonal response that adjusts the level of the hormone oxytocin, which pumps from the brain and helps regulate the intensity of the contractions."
This form of delivery is also believed to be less stressful for both the mom and the baby, it can also lower the risk of fetal complications, as well as the "severity of tearing."
There are special pools made just for women who choose to give birth under water at the hospital or at home, but rarely will you see someone actually deliver their baby in the middle of the sea, like one tourist recently did.
An unidentified women, believed to be from Russia, gave birth in the Red Sea with the help of a doctor who specializes in water births and her husband.
Hadia Hosny El Said, spotted the trio from her the balcony of her uncle's hotel and took photos of the unforgettable scene. It's now caught the attention of the world.