Is Unassisted Childbirth the Right Choice for You?

Every woman should be allowed to choose how she wants to give birth. The good news is that you have lots of options available to you. The bad news is that not every option will be the right choice for every woman. You can give birth at the hospital, at a birth center, at home, or in a cornfield. But in addition to the place of birth, you will also need to choose your birth attendants. Do you want to give birth with a doctor, midwife, doula, or your spouse present? Of course, you can choose more than one attendant or none at all.

Are Women Birthing Alone?

Giving birth unassisted means giving birth without a medically trained professional nearby. It’s still considered an unassisted childbirth if your husband and your kids are present. That means you really don’t have to give birth alone at all. However, in the medical sense, you’ll be doing this on your own.

Unassisted childbirth is not the right choice for everyone. In fact, it’s probably only the right choice for a small percentage of women. Humans are very social beings. It’s natural to crave company and reassurance during an emotional event like childbirth. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Mother with baby

Who Chooses Unassisted Childbirth?

Most women who choose to give birth unassisted have been disappointed by the medical establishment. This means they probably had a first birth that was not as satisfying as they had hoped it would be. Whether they were given an epidural or whether they just disliked the lack of privacy in the hospital, these women usually have several reasons to give birth on their own.

Women may also choose unassisted childbirth when there is no other natural alternative. For example, some doctors will refuse to allow woman to have a natural birth after they have had a C-section. Some midwives aren’t able to keep certain clients if they are high-risk for one reason or another. In some states, midwives aren’t allowed to attend homebirths. This leaves many women with only two options: giving birth at the hospital in a highly regulated setting or doing it on their own.

How to Make the Decision

Choosing how to give birth is something you shouldn’t take lightly. After all, you will always remember that event. In order to make the decision, you need to educate yourself. First, you should learn about natural childbirth in general. If you’ve given birth before, then you may have a better idea of what to expect. But next, you will need to learn things that other women never even think about. For example, how and when do you cut the cord?

Learning as much as you can about the process will help you no matter which type of birth you end up having. But it’s very important to be prepared if you do decide to have an unassisted birth. Once you make the decision, you may not want to tell anyone but your closest friends and family members. You should also know that you can change your mind at any point in time. And if complications arise that you can’t deal with on your own, you may definitely want to seek out medical help.