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Thursday, April 10, 2014

What is Unassisted Childbirth?

The question floats around the interweb now and again: what's the definition of Unassisted Childbirth?
I want to have a birth with a midwife but do it unassisted, is this still unassisted childbirth?

I was having this discussion in a forum and wanted to share the definition with you all.

UC is birthing without medical assistance. This draws a pretty clear line. There can be as many or as few people at your side, they can be doula's or family or friends...
The line is philosophical. If you have a midwife or OB present, even if they're knitting in another room, then you have the need to have a medically accredited person present. Hence, you accept childbirth as a medical instance. That's ok, but it's not unassisted childbirth, this is called a hand's off midwife assisted delivery.

Women who consciously choose unassisted childbirth often come to that decision - either consciously or unconsciously - because of the conviction that a routine childbirth is not a medical event, but a natural one. Just like going to the bathroom, having sex or breastfeeding.

As a little sidenote: viewing a process as natural does not mean you don't acknowledge the possibility of complication. It's the difference between viewing everything as a potential complication and handling complication as it arrises.



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