It's a big decision to have a birth at home without the presence of a birth professional...
...which is, by definition, an “unassisted” home birth or "free birth." Certainly, this term “unassisted birth” is not the best. Perhaps a better term would be “without professionals” or “family birth”?
The term “unassisted” casts a shadow of implications that should not be associated with birthing:
- A woman doesn’t need assistance.
- In any other birth situation, a professional is the only person who can or does assist.
- And hidden deep inside that term is also the implication that a woman doesn’t have to assist herself.
Actually, if you birth without a midwife, doctor, doula, or other medical professional, you must assist yourselves more.Choose from the tabs above to work through this resource.