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I want a natural birth but need help.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Okay heres the scoop. I want a natural birth. However we are on a small Naval base in Sicily. There are no midwifes, one doula but she leaves this summer. I have to give birth at the worlds smallest hospital unless its any sort of high risk and they will send me out to an Italian hospital.  Even my OB Dr. is moving this summer.  There are also no birthing classes offered here. There may be some out in town but everything would be in Italian so pointless for me with my sketchy Italian.   How do I prep for this on my own? I am currently reading Hypnobirthing but of course it talks of Breathing techniques that will be taught in your class. A class I can't take.    Are there any online classes? Any  book that  was your birthing bible?  Help me ladies I want this more then anything and have always known I am give birth naturally. 

post #2 of 11
Hi, HaleyInSicily! I can not compare my situation to yours, after all I am in Moscow, which is a big city full of midwifes, but I can relate to your feelings, since my two last births happened ages ago, in 1998 and in 2000. At that time I was really saved by a very detailed book of Dr. Sears: http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Book-Everything-Satisfying-Parenting/dp/0316779075/ref=la_B000APFPBE_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391157790&sr=1-5

Like you I would love to see people's "bibles" on birth as of today, and any comments on "my" bible.
post #3 of 11

Haley, try contacting ICAN international for help regarding the laws and regulations of the country you are in, and possible contacts. You don't have to have had a cesarean to get help from ICAN. Also, Henci Goer's website is full of good information and most particularly, her books are helpful, but first thing is to find out just what the going thing is in that country, what the cesarean rate is, what the natural birth rate is, etc. and then seek an ally or contact in your area.


I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, you may need every bit of help finding a way around Italy's high cesarean rate, that you can get, apparently, according to this article. But here's a list of natural birth supporters in Italy, that I hope is a good place to start.


Best wishes! If nothing else, contact ICAN and ask about anyone in Italy that does truly support natural birth.  You may have to get on their Yahoo group first, or try Facebook. Hoping things have improved since 2008 in terms of the cesarean rate there.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

You are making me even more grateful that I will giving birth in an American Naval hospital barring any complications.  

post #5 of 11

How is your internet connection?  Here is an online natural birth class that streams videos and may be helpful to you:




(Disclaimer--I haven't done that class and don't know anyone who has, so no personal experience, but I have also been in the position of being overseas and looking for an online class.  This is the first one I found, and it looked pretty good.  There may very well be others, though!)

post #6 of 11

Anything by Ina May Gaskin, Husband Coached Childbirth, Active Birth.  I'm not sure of the authors for the last two.  Meditation, and visualization help me greatly in labor.  Getting your partner on board will be your biggest help, since it sounds like your options for support are limited.  Good Luck mama!  Mothering.com is probably the best place you can be for great resources :)

post #7 of 11
I did the Hypnobabies home study course. It was excellent! I had short, pain-free labors. I can't imagine having a baby any other way. It was awesome! Good luck!
post #8 of 11

Haley, I read Hypnobirthing with my last birth, and I didn't take a class, but man, those visuals about what's happening with your body helped me SO MUCH. I did not have anywhere near the panic/worry that I did with my first birth. I felt like I could match each sensation in my body to the Hypnobirthing description of what was going on physiologically, and that was good. Plus, I could zone out in a helpful way. I did do "birth breathing," but I don't know that it was anything different than I'd seen other mothers do in their birthing classes. I think you made a good choice of books to start with!

post #9 of 11

I will second the Hypnobabies home study course (I actually just listened to the recordings, but I wish I'd had the book, too) and Ina May (I especially liked Spiritual Midwifery for the birth stories).

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Found the home study and will be ordering it. Also picked up the Birth Book. Husband is behind me so I think I can do this!  I had no idea  there was a home study and thats just what I need! Now if I can just get this headache to go away I would be good. First Appointment is on Wednesday and I can't wait! 

post #11 of 11

That's great, Haley! Hoping to hear good news on your update! :)

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