Book Review: “Unhindered Childbirth” by Sarah Morgan Haydock
A lot of books have been written about pregnancy and childbirth. Unfortunately, books about unassisted childbirth or homebirth are far and few between. I have recently come across “Unhindered Childbirth: Wisdom for the Passage of Unassisted Birth” by Sarah Morgan Haydock. Her book is available as paperback and eBook on Amazon (click on the picture of the book to get to Amazon).
Having Faith in the Process
Sarah’s book illustrates beautifully that you can trust your body to take care of the process for you. Pregnancy and childbirth are not illnesses. Instead, your body is designed to grow your baby safely in your womb and to deliver it when it’s time. While Unhindered Childbirth talks about complications during pregnancy and childbirth, the author encourages you to have faith in your own body first and foremost.
She also points out that you don’t technically need anything to give birth, unless you do. That means if you need a birthing pool, then you should get one. On the other hand, you don’t have to get any supplies unless you want to.
Thorough Discussion of Herbs
Herbal remedies have been around a lot longer than modern medicine. The great thing about herbs is that there is a lot of research to be found on them. Of course, you don’t have to use herbs during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, or postpartum, unless you want to.
As someone who is not very familiar with herbs, I found Sarah Haydock’s discussion of them very thorough and useful. Not only does she talk about which herbs may alleviate which symptoms, but she also talks about preparation and dosages. Plus, she stresses the fact that while herbs can be helpful at times, there are not needed in order to give birth successfully.
One thing I noticed is that Sarah also mentions cannabis. I don’t doubt that cannabis could be helpful during labor, but I fear this hasn’t been studied very much due to its legal status. It would be interesting to find more research on this particular herb. In the meantime, I’d personally stay away from it. Of course, most states don’t allow you to legally purchase it anyways.
Beautiful Birth Stories
Sarah gave birth to both of her children at home, unassisted. The first time, her husband was present. At the time, she didn’t have electricity and lived in very simple lodgings. This illustrates again the fact that you really need very little to give birth naturally. Of course, you don’t have to go without modern conveniences in order to have an unassisted birth, either. Sarah actually gave birth to her second child completely on her own. I always find it empowering to read about women who give birth unassisted to their first child. It takes a lot of courage and faith to trust your body this way. After all, most first-time moms face a lot of new unknowns.
Great Read on Unassisted Birth
All in all, I would recommend reading this book. It’s not a book that’s going to give you a lot of actual pointers on what to do when. However, this book will certainly build up faith in your own body and capabilities. You can have a baby without assistance because your body will know what to do. Additionally, you can get a lot of great information about helpful herbs to use.