Unassisted ChildbirthWhat is unassisted childbirth and is it an option for me?
Unassisted childbirth is exactly what the name states: Childbirth without the assistance of a medical professional or birthing attendant. Unassisted childbirth is also known as freebirthing and is becoming increasingly popular around the globe.
Women choosing to have an unassisted delivery generally plan the process out thoroughly, utilizing a variety of information found online, in research books and through the advice of other women who have had success with freebirthing.
Reasons for having an unassisted delivery include, but are not limited to, the absence of unnecessary medical interventions, the ability to follow through with the woman's natural birthing instincts and maximizing privacy to keep the birth intimate.
It should be noted, however, that unassisted childbirth does carry dangers and is not recommended for all women. Because medical care is not readily available, if necessary, the rate of maternal and neonatal mortality are increased during unassisted childbirth. Any woman with risks during pregnancy, including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, breech positioning, placental abnormalities or other types of risk factors should not consider freebirthing an option. In these cases, it is necessary that medical intervention be available in the event of an unexpected emergency.
We hope that you will find the advice, suggestions and support of other freebirthing mothers helpful. Please feel free to share your experiences and questions with other members who share similar views on unassisted childbirth.
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