Unassisted childbirth, also known as free birth or sometimes do-it-yourself (DIY) birth, is when a mom or an expectant couple chooses to have a baby without the assistance of a doctor, a midwife, or any other professional birth attendant.
This birth story is different from any I have ever written. As I share it, I watch my words go into midwives’ ears and minds and watch as they try to grasp what I am saying. During most of my life as a doula/midwife, I would have thought of myself, “What a fruitcake!” But the moral of this story is this: I serve the mother and her family—in whatever way she needs me to.
For years I have been planning to recertify as a Child Birth Educator. As I completed the Amani training, I was very excited to welcome expectant couples back into my home.
As I thought about preparing these innocents for hospital birth I had a clarifying moment and suddenly realized that after promoting husband and wife homebirth for the past 25 years, that I would not be able to teach this method or any method of birth to young parents.
I wholeheartedly endorse Amani Birth and the Bradley Method as two excellent childbirth preparation classes for first time parents.
I plan to remain an independent voice agitating for drug and surgery free birth in the sanctity of the home.
I checked in with Dr. Amy recently and her blog is mostly dead. In this pandemic year of our Lord 2021, her message of all things chemical feels rather flat as the young moms prepare for parenthood during end times events.
I hope and pray each couple will find the information they need to make solid choices for their families!
I was happy to appear on Aisha Al Hajjar’s chat today to discuss how being a Childbirth Educator and Doula has changed my life for the better.