The Discovery Health channel will be airing “Freebirthing” several more times next week if you are at all interested in alternative birthing practices. Freebirthing is basically unassisted childbirth, women who usually have low risk pregnancies learn about the birth process and carry it out on their own without doctors or midwives. They simply tune in to their own bodies and trust that their body already knows how to birth.
A quote on unassisted childbirth from www.unassistedchildbirth.com
“A woman in labor needs to be supported emotionally, or simply left alone. All the knowledge she needs to birth her baby is already within her. Her job is simply to relax, trust her body, and allow her baby to enter the world.”
After reading many birth stories I’ve become more of believer in the natural ability of our own bodies. I have read home birth stories, unassisted stories, water birth stories and hospital stories they all unfold differently but basically it just boils down to trust and fear. If you have a low risk pregnancy there is no reasion to not trust your body. After all women were giving birth well before hospitals and medical supervision (check out this info packed timeline Donna sent me).
Unfortunately we have been conditioned to fear the birth process. It is painful right? Things could go wrong and it is better to be safe than sorry… Well, I am not buying that.
I know for a fact that many hospital procedures and interventions are done for legal and financial reasons, they aren’t always what is best for mom and baby. I don’t want to be induced just because the doctor want to be home for dinner or receive a unneeded c section just so the hospital can legally cover their butt. Plus many of those procedures or decisions cause more harm or unnecessary risk than needed.
If the pregnancy is normal why not let the birth unfold as nature intended it to? That is the direction I am heading with my pregnancy. I will probably want my birth attended by someone who is trained and knows what complications to look out for. It really is too bad the state of Indiana prosecutes midwives and makes the virtually impossible to find. Hopefully I find one that is the perfect fit for me, if not I’ll consider all the other options before agreeing to a hospital birth.
Anywho, I am getting side tracked. I just wanted to put another alternative birth post out in the bloggosphere. I think it is something more people need to learn about and advocate for. So watch “Freebirthing” (or record it) if you have a chance, then come back here and tell us what you thought!