Guangdong Province will build its first facility for mothers to deliver their babies in water in the provincial capital of Guangzhou.
Officials say the new facility will help shorten labour and ease deliveries.
The room will be equipped with a delivery pool, which contains disinfected water with constant temperatures and a home-like room for pre-delivery rest.
The delivery room will cost millions of yuan to build.
It is expected to receive lying-in women later this year. The medical cost for each delivery is no more than the price for a caesarean section, Xinhua News Agency reports.