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This is a nice video by Laura Shanley who wrote the book “Unassisted Childbirth” and runs the site www.unassistedchildbirth.com. The concept of not using a doctor or midwife at all makes so much sense when you come to terms with the fact that a woman’s body already knows how to give birth and will do [...]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_77qzUY6IQ Now this is natural childbirth. This is a beautiful waterbirth. Notice how effortlessly the baby comes out when the mom is not on her back. Always remember that a supine (on the back) position is the absolute worst position to give birth in. Women are on their backs for the benefit of hospital personnel [...]
Many unassisted and midwife assisted homebirths are preceded by a traumatic hospital birth. First time moms are often more naive, innocent and trusting of the “system”. They come out of the hospital traumatized from a violent birth that either blasted their baby from their body with chemicals or sliced their baby from their womb. Other [...]
I don’t normally care for childbirth videos that are taken from between mom’s legs while she is lying down. For one thing, it cements the idea in the viewer’s head that this is an appropriate position for childbirth, when it is actually the worst. Secondly, it is normally demeaning, degrading and objectifying to women as [...]
This is a lovely waterbirth video from YouTube. Notice how the noises the mother is making sound much more pleasurable than the agonizing moans you hear from most mothers who choose the medical model of childbirth. While this waterbirth does have a midwife in attendance, the midwife seems to do a fairly decent job of [...]
Doulas are an absolutely wonderful addition to the modern, medical birthing environment. They are proven to reduce a number of unnecessary interventions, including cesarean. They offer emotional support and in many instances, doulas will gently remind a woman who is being coerced into unnecessary procedures about her original intentions and birth plan. Doctors (and CNMs) [...]