‎”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.

Hypnobirthing Part 1    Hypnobirthing Part 2

I was lucky when I was pregnant to have an amazing sister named Jane Jordan who told me positive birthing stories.

Mothering Magazine and the Compleat Mother provided up to date information on natural birthing and parneting.

Natural Childbirth of Twins and Triplets

More links and natural birthing topics coming!

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