****This post is in no way meant to be an attack on the choices you've made or the choices you will make concerning your body/baby/birth. I feel that women are the first to criticize how other women have chosen to give birth + parent, and I hope that I can convey my experiences in a supportive and loving way, while still presenting alternative, safe options for childbirth.****

My friend and midwife, Briana, posted these videos this morning, and I just had to share. I had my daughter, Sela, at home two years ago and I am planning a home birth for this sweet baby, also.

Home birth with a skilled, professional midwife is a safe option for a normal healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy and birth are not emergencies. Pregnancy and birth are not illnesses. Pregnancy and birth are natural, normal experiences that are uniquely feminine and hold a great amount of influence in a woman's life and our societies as a whole.

I recently finished Sheila Kitzinger's book, Rediscovering Birth, an anthology of the birth cultures found worldwide, and I couldn't help but mourn the lack of birth rituals in our culture, and how little respect we have for women and their roles as life creating, life carrying, and life bringing individuals. In the midwifery model of care you are in charge of your body and the things that happen to it during the prenatal, labor, and postpartum stages. You are empowered, supported and treated as an equal partner, you "manage" your birth.

I hope that you enjoy these videos, they are full of happy people with happy, healthy birth stories...


Erin said...

Is there a certain pain management method that you use? I think I have pretty much decided to have any future children med free. My sister in law used Hypno Babies, so I'm just curious what other methods people liked.

I think I could do it. I labored at home as long as I could both times, and afterward I realized that I probably could have handled more, but I was scared of it getting worse. If I had a pain management plan I'm sure I could do it. I know very little about natural birth, so if you have any other links or references to read I would love them!

Rachel Swan said...

Erin: There are lots of different techniques that I used, most of which I found through the book, Birthing From Within. It is a great resource for any kind of birth. Also, I had a fantastic team, including a doula(a labor coach)who helped me through every. single. contraction. I know that I couldn't have done it without medication if I wasn't surrounded by people who believed that I could do it.
If you would like more info just send me your email address and I can recommend more books, websites, and even share more about what I did and what I know about natural childbirth.

The Askeroth Family said...

Wow, this really opened my eyes! I have always been pretty pro-epidural and I've honestly never considered trying it naturally. Even after watching that I wonder if I could ever really do it myself. It was awesome to see the "other side" of things, I'm really glad you posted this.

By the way, do you know if you are having a boy or a girl?

Rachel Swan said...

Hey, Tiff! I'm having a boy! I'm super excited!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you for sharing! i love hearing people's birth stories. joannaxo