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  #1  
July 17th, 2008, 07:43 PM
mommytutu's Avatar mom to Emma & Jacqueline
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I may need to plan an unassisted birth, and I'm not even sure on where to start with finding information - other than googling "unassisted childbirth."

I'm nervous about it, and I do hope that I will be able to have a homebirth with my midwife, since that is the original plan and the one that I am most comfortable with, but I might "risk out" of her program and I simply refuse to have another hospital birth unless it is an emergency situation.

I'm feeling really overwhelmed. I know right now that DF and I will need to take a neonatal resuscitation course, and he will need to update his CPR certification. I've heard rumor that one of the midwives in my community is going to be offering a neonatal resuscitation course so we will definitely jump on that.

I'm confident that I can do this, especially since DF is [surprisingly] supportive, but I'm nervous. I need more information!!!

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July 17th, 2008, 07:49 PM
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I'm not sure how much help I can be. I do have these two links for you that will helpfully help you some! Good luck

http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/
http://www.birthandmotherhood.com/unassistedbirth.html
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July 21st, 2008, 08:44 PM
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I know very, very little about UC myself...but I hope someone here can help you. Maybe browse the UC stories (subforum) and ask one of those mamas?

Best of luck to you!!
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July 22nd, 2008, 11:04 AM
mommytutu's Avatar mom to Emma & Jacqueline
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Thanks, ladies.

So far here is a reading list that I have come up with...just in case anyone is interested.

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

Heart & Hands by Elizabeth Davis

Water Birth by Susanna Napieraka (I'm planning a water birth!)

Naturally healthy Pregnancy by Shanda Parker

Unassisted Homebirth by Lynn M. Griesemer

Emergency Childbirth: A Manual by Gregory J. White (heard this one is a good one for Dads too.)

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years by Susan Weed

and

Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly (D)ick-Read

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August 3rd, 2008, 01:40 AM
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For a website, read through everything on http://www.unhinderedliving.com/childbirth.html

For a book, I would add The Labor Progress Handbook
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August 3rd, 2008, 09:33 AM
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check out the uc board on mothering dot com. those ladies are fabulous.
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August 9th, 2008, 07:11 PM
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i am constantly on the mothering dot com forum on the UC board !! i have a list of books for UC as well. PM me sometime !!!! i want to UC but i am a little hesitant at times. But my main reason i want it is because i can't afford a HB midwife, don't want to give birth in the hospital, and don't want to travel to get to the closet birth center near me.
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August 9th, 2008, 10:07 PM
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Also, google "homebirth stories" and "unassited birth stories" and take notes on stuff. Like if someone had a baby with sticky shoulders, write down how they got through the situation. I know that Heart and Hands has like 5 different maneuvers BESIDES breaking the baby's collar bone. I've heard great raves on that book and am actually getting it whenever I remember to order it when I have money. I LOVE Active Birth too. I've heard that Emergency Childbirth is hard to get a hold of in print, but I think you can view it online (I could be wrong). But if nothing else, you can google "Emergency Childbirth" and read up on it. I plan on making dh a cheat sheet this time. I was totally unafraid with our UC with Ele, but dh confided later that he was terrified. I think I didn't communicate enough with him before about what would/could happen (since our UC was sooooo very different than our hospital birth), so it will be nice for him to have a cheat sheet to refer to between prayers.
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August 9th, 2008, 10:07 PM
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August 12th, 2008, 01:36 PM
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i am constantly on the mothering dot com forum on the UC board !! i have a list of books for UC as well. PM me sometime !!!! i want to UC but i am a little hesitant at times. But my main reason i want it is because i can't afford a HB midwife, don't want to give birth in the hospital, and don't want to travel to get to the closet birth center near me.[/b]
When I first thought about UC, I was terrified of it. I have been planning a home birth, but the possibility of not having my midwife there came up and my first instinct was to plan an unassisted birth because I will not be returning to the hospital for birth unless it is a life or death situation. I'll definitely PM you soon (I need to clear out my inbox because it's full right now!) so we can exchange info.

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Also, google "homebirth stories" and "unassited birth stories" and take notes on stuff. Like if someone had a baby with sticky shoulders, write down how they got through the situation. I know that Heart and Hands has like 5 different maneuvers BESIDES breaking the baby's collar bone. I've heard great raves on that book and am actually getting it whenever I remember to order it when I have money. I LOVE Active Birth too. I've heard that Emergency Childbirth is hard to get a hold of in print, but I think you can view it online (I could be wrong). But if nothing else, you can google "Emergency Childbirth" and read up on it. I plan on making dh a cheat sheet this time. I was totally unafraid with our UC with Ele, but dh confided later that he was terrified. I think I didn't communicate enough with him before about what would/could happen (since our UC was sooooo very different than our hospital birth), so it will be nice for him to have a cheat sheet to refer to between prayers.[/b]

I just got Active Birth in the mail, and I'm really in love with it. It's a great book! I found Emergency Childbirth online. It's hard for me to read it though, so I'm going to have DF print it out to make it easier.

I definitely think I'll make a cheat sheet for DF. I tell him pretty much everything that I learn, but I know he might forget something if we get in a tight situation. He is surprisingly very calm about UC. I thought he wouldn't be, but it definitely gives me more confidence to do it.

I still haven't decided, though. I am seeing my MW still, and as long as things stay the same I will be able to have her at my birth if I want to. I think I'll probably just leave it up to how I feel when I go into labor.
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