TRUST POWER AND COURAGE
This is what free birthing is to me
Free birthing is done by all beings on this planet except a percentage of humans!
The term free birth or unassisted birth is a title given to a way of birthing where no formal medical assistance is utilised, with no Doctor or registered midwife. It is the natural and majority way of all beings, some humans have the choice to birth with medical guidance and intervention and some don’t. Some don’t want to.
There is a bit of (not all that much) info on this style on the net and even some books. I don’t advocate for one way or another.
But would like to share a little bit of my experience.
In brief I live outside the zone where the only registered midwife who does homebirth in the area would go. So I was on my own unless prepared to move closer to town or another area. I considered all my options including a birthing clinic in Goa India run by a German midwife and a parked van down the road from an ambulance station or hospital…
But no I didn’t wont to go anywhere. Most advantages of a homebirth don’t apply if you are not actually at home.
I thought about how in my husbands family linage there has never been a birth done outside the home except when birth happened in the wild or on the road between nomad tents. His mother who was a birth assistant to many told him stories of women who would go out herding yaks and come back with a babe, this was fairly norm.
So anyway I had his support and my mothers both had been to my daughters homebirth. Of course I combated A LOT of negative vibes about it, but I knew I could trust my body to birth and well I am brave its true.
So you may ask weren’t you worried! What if something goes wrong...?
Well what if… I was prepared as best I could my birth kit overflowed with remedies and equipment id ordered from here there and everywhere. I had a medical grade Doppler, a birth pool, homeopathics, herbs, fetoscope clamps, suction, white boards with hand written instructions, ambulance cover, a pair of comfy Birkenstocks, weeks of simulated practice, months of research and study, a year of nursing at uni, donations for practice on my behalf to every known Buddhist temple my contacts could get to. Good Divinations and positive dreams.
And yes I was a little nervous until my water broke and then I just flowed as you do unless you are fighting the river. The river got rough at times and blah blah blah most of you have birthed and if you haven’t no one can really total explain how it is. So was there a moral to the story no. Would I do it this way again yes?
In short I am proud of my body, my husband, my mother and my baby. Im proud of myself I feel more capable and powerful and self-sufficient. I know id feel totally different if the outcome wasn’t what it was a health beautiful yummy baby.
A windy ramble by me
as everyone was busy during the labour I have no photos to share... bummer hay. but heres one from after