Saturday, January 1, 2011

Unassisted Childbirth (Freebirth, Unhindered Birth, Husband/Wife Birth) Resources

A resource list for unassisted birth:


Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love - by Lynn Griesemer

Unassisted Childbirth - by Laura Shanley

Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin

Emergency Childbirth, by Gregory C. White (This is available online as a PDF form: )

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, by Susan Weed

The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth, by Laurie Morgan

Prenatal Yoga & Natural Birth, by Jeannine Parvati Baker

Special Delivery, Rahima Baldwin.
Midwifery textbook, some outdated info

Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May Gaskin.

Birth as an American Rite of Passage, Robbie Davis-Floyd.

The Scientification of Love, Michel Odent MD.

Magical Child, by Joseph Chilton Pearce.

Heart and Hands, by Elizabeth Davis.

Primal Mothering in a Modern World, by hygeia halfmoon

Active Birth: the New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas

A Book for Midwives by Susan Klein.

Henci Goer's book, Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth.
Henci Goer is pro-MGM.

The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness, by Aviva Romm

Childbirth Wisdom: From the World's Oldest Societies, by Judith Goldsmith.

Birth and the Dialogue of Love, Marilyn Moran
Probably the first modern-American to discuss and promote UC, Marilyn also has another book more Catholic in nature: Pleasurable Husband/Wife Childbirth. Both books are out of print but worth reading if you can find them.

Expecting Touble; The Myth of Prenatal Care in America

"Unassisted Birth, Free Birth" by Jana Kutarna
Excellent essay on her philosophy of unassisted birth.

"Maia’s Birth - a family celebration", by Sarah Buckley who also wrote the Ecstatic Birth article listed above

"Birth, Sexuality, and Orgasm", by Michel Odent MD, on the hormonal process of birth, and what interferes with it

"Birth and the Origins of Violence", Michel Odent MD

Leilah McCracken's "Resexualizing Childbirth" 
- they have an unassisted childbirth link if you scroll down the intro page to their online childbirth class. It's so down-to-earth and easy to understand and remember with great info

Recipes and Remedies for Self-Care:

Unassisted Birth for Fathers

Freebirth Q&A with Jeannine Pavarti Baker

Laura Shanley's site
Stories, Books, Videos, and more...

Shaunamama Natural Family Living

The Online Childbirth Class

Jeannine Parvati Baker was very influenced by Laura Shanley's book Unassisted Childbirth. I believe she's the one who coined the term "freebirth"?:

An amazing video of twin UC birth:

Empowered Childbirth

Sarah Buckley -- information about the hormonal process of birth, how it's disturbed, and what happens when it's disturbed. She also has a nice article on lotus birth and her own UC birth story.

Michel Odent -- not overtly pro-UC, but he talks a lot about the importance of birth being undisturbed and unguided, and comes at it from a scientific perspective, which for me was helpful in choosing to UC. I recommend his book The Scientification of Love as well.


Why do you choose UC?

Why UC? Really curious:

Why do you choose to be alone?

Why do you/will you have a UC?

Curious about reasons for UC:

"Give me your reasons" [a short thread]

UC is fascinating, but is it necessary?

What was your journey in deciding to UC?

Why would someone want to birth alone?

Discussion about UC birth in Birth & Beyond:

Common UC misconception/myths:

UCers describe themselves:

UCer characteristics poll:

Emergency prep thread:

Yahoo group "UBAC"

Jamie's UBAC's%20Story

Tane's story

Self-care Prenatal Record Forms:

Pushing for First Time Moms by Gloria Lemay

Someone made helpful charts:

Infant CPR (you can also take NR classes as neonatal respiratory management is different) - newborn examination with pictures - from Standford Med - video of how to examine newborn on youtube newborn check

What does 2 cups of blood look like? (500cc, the generic definition of a hemorrhage)

Newborn resuscitation: - this has several diagrams to help understand how to reverse a shoulder dystocia.

Somersault maneuver for tight cord:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this list of resources! I'll take my time working through any that are new to me and I will share this link with others who are looking for information about this topic.