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freebirthIf you have tired of what the medical community offers for normal birth, and you have either no access to good midwifery care in your area, or simply do not desire to have a midwife present at your birth because you prefer to be entirely disrupted, you are not alone. Freebirth is becoming a popular choice worldwide. And no one has the right to tell any mother how to do HER birth.

Benefits of unassisted childbirth / freebirth include:

  • Birthing completely without interference
  • Remaining in complete control of your birth environment
  • Birthing outside of the circle of other peoples fear and conquering your own fears in the journey
  • Following your deepest intuitions and allowing them to guide your birth choices
  • Avoiding the disturbance of you baby hearing sounds of foreign voices, and being touched by unfamiliar hands, or tainted with unfamiliar smells
  • Birthing free from timeframes, imposed limits, and government or midwife-imposed protocol
  • Eliminating the risk of iatrogenic (provider-caused) complications
  • Having the privacy to enjoy a sexual birth experience if you so desire
  • Creating the most sacred space possible to welcome your new baby to the world
freebirthBirthing unassisted, or in the comfort of only those friends or family that you choose is a powerful, enlightened choice that is not right for all women. And some women make this choice because of prior trauma they have suffered at the hands of their providers. Whatever the case, if you feel a need for some support, guidance, ideas, and information, as a fellow freebirther myself, I feel strongly committed to offering loving support to women who seek it from me.

What About Risk?

There is a degree of risk to everything in life, but birth itself is not inherently risky and our Creator has programmed the ability to birth on our own time-frame into every single cell of our body. We are made for it and we have been doing it since the beginning of creation. Choosing to freebirth doesn't guarantee an ideal outcome, but it is for those who believe that the perfect outcome will be, even if it is not what we imagined and prayed for. Whether VBAC, first-time mother, or seasoned mother, most women are capable of unassisted birth if they have the faith and commitment to normal birth.

Cost for Consultation

Freebirth consultation and birth via Skype for women in remote areas are services offered by donation only. Typical donation for Skype attendance and prenatal and postpartum consultation is approximately $400 US, but I do not turn anyone away, and I appreciate any compensation that is within your means. For basic phone consultation, requested donation is $50/hour.

Freebirth and unassisted delivery is at your own risk, and in making the choice, you take full accountability and responsibility for your own choices. I do not promote it for all women, but I do support your right to choose, and I offer information to the best of my ability. Video and phone do not offer me a full view of your situation, therefore one must acknowledge that I am limited to support that can be provided without full clinical assessment. In addition to considering your own plans for possible need to transport, you should maintain exceptional nutrition and positive outlook. Some pregnancies and births will have "complications" and this can not be prevented in any birth environment. A small number of babies would likely have a healthier outcome if born in the hospital environment, especially if there are undetected congenital anomalies, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, or prematurity. However ultrasound is not a perfect technology, has potentials risks of its own and should not be relied upon as a tool to assess your potential outcome in freebirthing.

Resources for Unassisted Birth and Freebirth

  • www.UnassistedChildbirth.com - Bornfree!
  • www.freebirth.com - forwards to - www.UnassistedChildbirth.com- Laura Shanley, author of the book "Unassisted Childbirth", has a beautiful site on her favorite subject. Including her Birth Erotica section.
  • http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/phoenix/ - Bornfree - Unassisted Childbirth forum
  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unassistedchildbirth/ - yahoo group
  • http://laurashanley.blogspot.com - Letters from Laura - Thoughts on Unassisted Childbirth
  • http://laurashanley.blogspot.com/2009/04/original-birth-attendants.html
  • Read the response to "Do-It-Yourself Delivery"
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/07/27/DI2007072701583.html -
  • Torrance Woman Decides Having Twins at Home (Without a Doctor) Natural Way to Go
  • Born Free: Unassisted Childbirth in North America
  • http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/238755/Born%20Free%20UC%20in%20NA.pdf -
    Rixa Freeze's dissertation
  • http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/list/306 - Unassisted Childbirth Forum
  • http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1291719/how-to-find-uc-friendly-docs-and-midwives
  • http://www.topiccraze.com/topic?topic=freebirth - UC sites

    Definition of Unassisted Childbirth

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freebirth - Forwards to: (redirected from Freebirth)
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unassisted_childbirth
  • http://womenfreebirth.wordpress.com/ - Free-Birth- Your power lies in your freedom to choose
  • http://www.purebirth-australia.com/ - Unassisted Pregnancy & Childbirth Australia
    gone -
    http://waybackmachine.org/*/http://www.purebirth-australia.com -
    Feb 8, 2005 – Sept 14, 2009
  • http://www.joyousbirth.info/ -
  • http://www.joyousbirth.info/articlesa-z.html - Article Index
  • http://www.joyousbirth.info/printouts/
  • http://www.charisbirthsupport.com.au/main/page_home.html - Charis Birth Support
    Australian homebirth midwife Claire Hall lost her license and is doing birth consulting for UC families
  • www.UnhinderedLiving.com
  • http://gentlebirth.org/archives/birth.html#Unassisted – Unassisted Birth
  • http://unassistedhomebirth.com/ - Unassisted Homebirth
    3rd National Husband / Wife Homebirth Conference – in Liberty, Missouri
    July 4th weekend, 2009
  • www.UnassistedHomebirth.com - Lynn Griesemer, author of the book, "Unassisted Homebirth", has a great site here.
  • Unassisted Homebirth for Fathers - Unassisted Homebirth for Fathers
  • TraditionalMidwife.com/UB.html - great UC info - Gently Born Midwifery - Michigan
  • http://web.archive.org/web/20021206233650/http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/7523/ - Freebirthing:  Mary Siever's Site on Unassisted Childbirth
    Mary Siever's Webpage
    http://web.archive.org/web/20020613190747/www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/7523/birthing.html - Giving Birth: Supplies to have on hand
    http://web.archive.org/web/20020616044331/www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/7523/readinglist.html - Reading List
    Feb 10, 1999 - Dec 6, 2002
  • http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Woods/2924/index.htm - Mango Mama’s Natural Parenting
    http://web.archive.org/web/20000707005718/http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Woods/2924/index.html - LOTS of great stuff here on pregnancy & UC to go through
    http://jennifervanlaanen.blogspot.com/ -
    Mango Mama
  • http://web.archive.org/web/20001013151057/www.angelfire.com/biz3/gatheringplace/unassisted.html - Unassisted Childbirth
    Copyright 2000 - The Gathering Place and Judie C. Rall
  • http://web.archive.org/web/20000817204940/www.telepath.com/pholley/birth.html - UNASSISTED HOME BIRTH AND RELATED MATTERS
    Page Created 10-28-98; Latest Additions/Revisions 2-3-2000
  • http://web.archive.org/web/20001018021033/members.home.net/lmommy/thoughts.html - Thoughts on Childbirth
    Laurie Morgan's site
  • http://web.archive.org/web/20001018021033/http://www.bestfed.com/childbirth/archives/index.html - Archives from CBirth, the Unassisted Childbirth Email List - By Topic
    Compiled and maintained by Kristie Wickland and Laurie Morgan.  
    Web site provided courtesy of Kristie Wickland at Bestfed.com.

    Religious UC

  • ChristianUC.com - Christian UC
  • www.BirthJunkie.com - unassisted birth info
    Kitsap County, WA
    http://web.archive.org/web/20001017231942/www.kjv.com/family/ouc.html -
    Charity & Scott Gregson
    http://www.kjv.com/ -
    A Ministry of the Scott Gregson Family
  • http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/science/1618/my_womb_for_his_purposes:_the_perils_of_unassisted_childbirth_in_the_quiverfull_movement/ -
    My Womb for His Purposes: The Perils of Unassisted Childbirth in the Quiverfull Movement
  • http://www.aboverubies.org/ -
    "A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman, who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far ABOVE RUBIES or pearls."
    Proverbs 31:10
    http://www.aboverubies.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=1&Itemid=2 - Articles
    http://www.aboverubies.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=46&Itemid=70&layout=default - Pregnancy http://www.aboverubies.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=25&Itemid=57 - Birth Stories

    Undisturbed Birth

  • http://womenfreebirth.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/unassisted-vs-undisturbed-birth-and-ancient-shamanic-midwifery - Unassisted vs Undisturbed Birth, and Ancient Shamanic Midwifery
    by holdthepromise on March 30, 2010
  • http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=357
    Backyard Birth
    Posted on August 15, 2010 by gloria
    4 min Youtube video of woman giving birth in her backyard.

    Alleingeburt / unassisted childbirth
    3:56 Shows the mom unwrapping the nuchal cord.
  • gloria Says: 
    August 16th, 2010 at 12:57 am
    owakihi | August 09, 2010
    Die Geburt unseres 3. Kindes, meine zweite Alleingeburt, diesmal im Beisein von Ehemann und Katze. Ort: unser Garten, Zeit: 22.56 Uhr am 31.5.2010. 

    The birth of our 3rd child, my 2nd unassisted birth, with husband and cat present. Place: our garden, time: 10.65 p.m., 31st May 2010.

  • http://tim-and-sarah.blog.de/2010/06/18/emanuels-schneller-welt-emanuel-s-fast-entry-into-the-world-8829720/ -
    Emanuels schneller Weg auf die Welt / Emanuel's fast entry into the world
    von Familie_Schmid Pro @ 2010-06-18 – 21:02:24

    UC Birth Stories

  • http://www.birthstories.com/stories/6580.php?wcat=5  - Unassisted Delivery of a Midwife after Laboring for 4 days – by Alexis
  • http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com/ucstories/poppy.html
    The Birth of Fiery
    by Poppy Street-Heywood
  • http://web.mac.com/tsrainer/iWeb
  • http://www.thissacredlife.com/ - This Sacred Life, Transforming Our World through Birth - Zuki Abbott.  There are lots of references to UC in the book, and several UC stories.

    Colleen Rivera- A local friend of mine!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/collinsky - Colleen Collins Rivera
    Colleen Rivera <hearthmama@yahoo.com>
    http://m.pinterest.com/collinsky/ - Colleen Rivera (Collinsky)
    Unschooling mama of five amazing kids, wife of one amazing man. I like to toss handfuls of flowers while twirling in meadows... it's kind of my thing.
    http://millionmonkeycircus.blogspot.com/ -
    Million Monkey Circus
    Chock full of nutty goodness: birth, unschooling, and parenting, all mixed up together.
  • http://millionmonkeycircus.blogspot.com/2011/02/recently-my-husband-posted-our-sons.html
    Thursday, February 24, 2011
    My Reaction to the Reaction
         Recently, my husband posted our son's birth story, and what ensued was an ugly debate around the fact that we had planned an unassisted birth in the first place. One woman was very upset by the fact that we shared our story. It was repeated over and over, the opinion that unassisted birth with no prenatal care is dangerous, risky, irresponsible, and ignorant. She told us that we put our unborn children in danger, and just happened to get lucky five times. We beat the odds that mother or baby, or both, would die because of our choice to forgo conventional prenatal care and an OB-attended labor and delivery. And because we shared our story, we were encouraging other families to take those same risks.
  • http://millionmonkeycircus.blogspot.com/2011/02/birth-of-kai.html
    Friday, February 18, 2011
    The Birth of Kai Helio
    I'm sitting here nursing my sweet, fat baby boy, who was born, but not birthed, nine months ago. I've told his birth story in bits and pieces, but I've never sat down to write it out in its entirety. 


  • http://ryanishungry.com/2009/01/21/home-birth-diy-labor-and-delivery/ -
  • Home Birth : DIY Labor and Delivery

    Skeptics / Critics

  • http://skepticalob.blogspot.com/2009/06/stuntbirth.html
    FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009
  • Stuntbirth
  • Dooce has discovered stuntbirth, also known among aficianados as freebirth or unassisted childbirth (UC).
  • http://www.dooce.com/2009/06/11/where-my-pinky-gets-little-itchy-shift-key
  • Loving Birth ~ (Down temporarily?) A collection of unassisted birth stories. If the mere mention of doctors or midwives in birth settings bothers you, you'll treasure this archive.
  • Purebirth ~ Unassisted Pregnancy & Childbirth Australia - Unassisted pregnancy and childbirth resources for freebirthing families everywhere. Pregnancy and birth support for homebirth, from prenatal care choices to birth certificates.
  • The Joys of Homebirth - In women's own words.

  • http://birthlove.cyclzone.com/ - Birth Love - The Revolutionary Passion Of Mothering - The site is back!
    www.BirthLove.com - the largest and most respected Pregnancy and Childbirth resource in the world... serving the needs of parents and birth professionals around the world.
    Note: BirthLove is no longer an active site and has been archived. You can check it out by going to www.archive.org  and typing in www.birthlove.com The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth - Laurie Morgan, author of the online book "The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth", offers her insights into birth here. Her links page is a good map to the unassisted birth sites around the web.
  • Birthing the Easy Way - Sheila Stubbs, author of the book, "Birthing the Easy Way, Learning the Hard Way", offers her book and advice here. This link takes you to her "Tips for an Easy Birth" page.
  • Joyous Birth League International (JBLI) - An activist group promoting more joy in birthing.
  • Magical Midwifery: A Mother's Choice - A first birth experience leaves this mother feeling abused and disconnected from her daughter. A home birth VBAC 10 years later with a midwife she dubs Artemis opens her to the amazing world of motherhood.

    Discussion Lists & Forums

  • http://www.empoweredchildbirth.com
    Yahoo groups
  • http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/friends_of_freebirth/ - for residents of Alberta, Canada
  • http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=306 – Unassisted Childbirth forum
  • http://homebirth.meetup.com/317/ - Bornfree! Unassisted Childbirth Meetup - Chicago
  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/c-birth/ - C-birth - this list supports unassisted childbirth (childbirth without a birth attendant of any kind, doctor, midwife, doula, etc.)
  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unassistedchildbirth - Unassisted Childbirth list
  • http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/UBAC/ - UBAC A group for women who are having an unassisted birth after cesarean to learn from experienced unassisted VBAC'ers. This group is intended for women and their partners who are seriously considering or have already decided to have an unassisted birth after cesarean (UBAC). We believe in birth without professionals, and that unassisted childbirth is an excellent choice after one or more prior cesareans. All levels of strength and courage are welcomed to learn. Discussion will focus on taking steps towards autonomy and self-reliance.
  • http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/unassistedchildbirthreadingroom/ - Unassisted Childbirth Reading Room
  • EmpoweredChildbirth
  • UnaBirth Holistic Birth Parenting
  • UBAC
  • E Birth
  • TexasUC
  • UnaBirth - Canadians have some unique legal situations to address. This list will explore them as well as the standard freebirthing questions.
  • MilitaryUC - For military families dealing with freebirthing issues.
  • Lds-UC - For Latter Day Saints
  • BirthAlternative - For Muslim families - homebirth focused with an AP slant.
  • ChristianUC - For those who never want to see a Pro-Choice argument on their unassisted birth list (cbirth and other lists are less strict on the topic).
  • JewishUC - Not just for families choosing unassisted birth. A place to explore both birth and faith.
  • The Earthy Birthy Thought Swap ~ Very active forum
  • BirthJunkie ~ Charity Gregson's message board. Christian, UC and large family friendly.
  • www.BirthJunkie.com - The Unassisted Homebirth Site & Forum - Charity Gregson - Christian, UC and large family friendly.
  • www.birthjunkie.com/active/bboard.mv - Unassisted Childbirth Forum
  • Unassisted Childbirth ~ Author Laura Shanley's website now has forums!
  • AlternaMommies ~ For families parenting outside the conventional wisdom of the day. (board appears to be abandoned, but there's still some neat info...)
  • Parent's Place (ivillage) ~ A lot of interesting boards here but this link will take you to the "unassisted birth" forums.
  • Midwifery Today ~ Lots of traffic and a strong pro-midwife bias (not too surprising...)
  • Mothering Magazine ~ Lots of traffic and diversity.
  • Taking Children Seriously ~ This child rearing philosophy isn't easily understood but it has the potential to empower you and your children if you work with the theories. This link is for the home page which has been set up in blog format.