Unassisted Childbirth (sometimes called UC for short) seems to be growing by leaps and bounds in popularity. Is it a trend that we want to encourage and "sell" people on?
Did any of you watch the Discovery Health Feature about it a couple of weeks ago?
I've been thinking about commenting on the trend, but have 'til this point, decided to leave that controversial topic alone. I know that both sides of the debate have equally strong feelings... and to even venture to state my opinion on the whole matter is risky.
What shapes my opinion on the matter?
A lot of things.
~I was born unassisted, with only my dad and grandma there, in the early '80's.
~The first birth I ever witnessed was my little sister's unassisted birth.
~I'm now a hospital doula and a homebirth midwifery student.
~I'm friends with mothers who choose completely unassisted birth, non-professional (i.e. a crowd of friends and family) attended births, midwife attended home birth, midwife attended birth center births, midwife attended hospital birth, physician attended homebirth, physician attended birth center births, and physician attended hospital birth.
~I've spent more than my share of time dealing with birth-related policy issues through my work on midwifery and birth-related legislation.
Yes, I have a lot to say about unassisted birthing. Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm not.
I'll tell you what I think in a future post, as soon as I get my thoughts formatted.
In the mean time, though, why don't you tell me what YOU think about unassisted childbirth?
Check out the poll I just put up!