What is Unassisted Childbirth?
All women giving birth can choose to have an unassisted childbirth (UC). Unassisted birth happens when a mother labors and delivers her baby without a certified professional present at the birth (such as a doctor, nurse or midwife).
Some may wonder why any woman would want to have her baby alone. The answer lies in what these women are doing without.
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Since there are little to no scientific studies done on the number of UC’s, we can only surmise their rate by word of mouth stories. The women telling their story of a planned UC, talk about birth without caesarean section, inducing labor, fetal monitoring and Pitocin. For a natural mother these hallmarks of hospital birth are some things she may want to avoid.
How Do You Have A UC?
There are many ways to prepare for an unassisted childbirth. Women who are planning a UC read books on the topic to get themselves prepared. They may also read birth diaries of other women who were preparing for UC’s. Birth photos may help in a mothers’ education. These birth pictures can leave an indelible snapshot of the beauty of a UC birth. Another option is childbirth videos, which may prove to be the most inspiring. These videos tell how it is in raw detail giving the preparing mother an example of what she can expect at her birth.
What Do I Need For A UC?
Mothers expecting to have an unassisted childbirth should have all the materials they will need to use AT the birth, BEFORE the birth. While lists of necessities vary among women, there are some things that all births need:
Mothers may also want to add the following things:
What About After the Birth?
Usually when you have a hospital birth the hospital takes care of certain things for you. When you’re going it alone, you have to keep track of all that’s needed to be done.
One task is obtaining a birth certificate. A mother needs to check her county health department laws for exactly how she is to go about doing that. Counties differ in their requirements all across the U.S., so it’s very important to do your own research.
Another major task is obtaining a social security card. National requirements for obtaining a card for your baby may seem daunting. However, a mother should check with her local county health department and see if they can send along the information she provided on her birth certificate form to the national social security office. If that’s the case she can kill two birds with one stone!
Some hospitals provide the option to get a birth announcement in your local newspaper. When you do it by yourself, this is one more thing you’ll need to figure out.
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