”If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess in birth, someone isn’t treating her right.” – Ina May Gaskin
I had wonderful natural births. One was a planned home birth that ended up in hospital and one was in a rural area where there were no midwifes so I had to birth in the hospital.
Home birth was illegal in Canada at that time but there were a few brave midwifes who helped women to have the birth of their dreams at home. Times have changed and now there is a University Degree in Midwifery and Natural Birthing available in more than one university.
I feel my healthy lifestyle contributed greatly to my easy uncomplicated births. I utilized yoga techniques such as the 3 part breath; progressive muscle relaxation; creative visualization and guided relaxation to calm me during the birthing process. I also did a lot of research and joined birthing classes. I had birth plans in both cases and the staff in both hospitals did their best to follow them. I went home immediately after the births. My recovery was quick and uneventful.
I believe whenever possible women need to have the option to birth where they wish and how they wish. I believe in most cases birthing where they feel the most comfortable can increase the chances of a positive outcome.
Statistics show that birthing at home is just as safe as birthing in the hospital.
Below I provide some links to articles and videos that I have enjoyed on natural birthing.
Beautiful peaceful natural birth in hospital in water. The woman is smiling.
A trailer about a new movie on Organic Birthing.
I was lucky when I was pregnant to have an amazing sister named Jane Jordan who told me positive birthing stories.
More links and natural birthing topics coming!