The healing properties of water have been mused over for centuries. The use of hydrotherapy and spas has long been enjoyed.
It was thought that the minerals within spa water have rejuvenating abilities. Evidence now points to the immersion effects being the most beneficial factor.
Along with the benefits of buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure this makes the participation of Aquanatal not only enjoyable but also advantageous to women both during and after their pregnancy.
Aquanatal.co.uk aims to assist women is locating a class near to them so that they to can enjoy all of the benefits that Aquanatal has to offer.
I believe as Midwives we are the best facilitators of Aquanatal. We understand pregnancy, its normalities and that which is not.
We spend a great deal of time with pregnant women and are often best placed to understand them.
We know that an important aspect of any ante-natal education is that of socialising and are able to facilitate this during each session.
We are able to give good, research based, sound advice.
We instil confidence in the women we come into contact with. We help them to believe in themselves and their own body’s ability.
We promote good health in pregnancy, encourage self-help and engender well-being.
It is our responsibility to ensure that the advice, information and instruction that we give is research-based and the most current available.
It is our responsibility as stated within the NMC Midwives Rules that we should undertake only the tasks that we have been properly trained to perform.
Aquanatal.co.uk aims to help Midwives to find suitable training courses to enable them to facilitate Aquanatal sessions for the benefit of the mothers.
Facilitating sessions is also extremely enjoyable for the Instructor!
Imagine an hour in the water with a group of motivated women who are also enjoying themselves, laughing and talking, moving about in the water, using floats and woggles to enhance the exercise. All of this accompanied to the music of your choice. I could think of worse jobs!
Aquanatal Books for Midwives
There are not too many books available on aquanatal but we have listed some of those which are.
Books for Midwives In Association with Amazon.co.uk
Aquanatal Courses for Midwives
Any midwife wishing to qualify as an aquanatal instructor has two basic choices
* training courses offered by commercial organisations
* university-based courses
Since I am fascinated by the whole subject of Aquanatal I have done both!
‘Aquafusion’ is the company with whom I did my initial training.
They offer various courses including intense week-ends (hard work and fun!). The courses are pitched at different levels according to your needs. It is specialist aqua-natal training, which is ENB approved for Midwifery Profession.
Aquafusion is an associate company of Northern Fitness and Education.
Their web address is http://www.northernfitness.co.uk/aquafusion/aqua_fusion.html
Salford University (nr. Manchester) run an Aquanatal Level III module (20 credits). As far as I am aware this is the only degree module available anywhere in the UK. I took this course after I had been teaching for 18 months, to enhance my knowledge and further develop my teaching. The course is run over a 12 week period, although there may be other options available in due course. The course is hard work. It is not an easy option for obtaining credits towards a degree!
Contact is Sue Baines and her e-mail address is S.M.Baines@salford.ac.uk.
These are the only accredited course providers we are currently aware of in the UK.
On the other side of the world however, Aquanatal Australia has developed an intensive three-day Aquanatal Instructor Training program for Australia. Aquanatal is a registered trade mark in Australia. For information about becoming an accredited Aquanatal Instructor in Australia, contact Donna at www.aquanatal.com.au
We would be very happy to feature and link to any other organisations providing course for midwives. Please use the e-mail link on the left to let us know about them.
On line information for midwives - on all manner of subjects -is available from
Photographs on this page are courtesy of and copyright The Comadres Institute which is an American organisation that promotes midwifery, including aquantal exercise amongst many other aspects.