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After watching a bunch of UC births on youtube, I 'm wondering....

post #1 of 49
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Is UC a religous thing for you?I mean, I know birth is spiritual, but was your choice to be unassisted a religous choice?Thanks for sharing.
post #2 of 49
For me, religion (or lack off, for that matter) had nothing whatsoever to do with my choice to UC. And come to think of it, spirituality didn't either. Though obviously there was a spiritual aspect to the Birth itself, it wasn't a matter of my choosing UC because of a belief in the sarcredness of Birth.
post #3 of 49
Part of it.
post #4 of 49
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Originally Posted by ~Yola View Post
For me, religion (or lack off, for that matter) had nothing whatsoever to do with my choice to UC. And come to think of it, spirituality didn't either. Though obviously there was a spiritual aspect to the Birth itself, it wasn't a matter of my choosing UC because of a belief in the sarcredness of Birth.
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post #5 of 49
i suppose for me spirituality/religion did play a role. i think tuning into your intuition is a very key aspect of ucing. i feel intuition is a God-given gift that all of us possesses, but that not everyone utilizes in regards to birth or even everyday life.
post #6 of 49
For me, everything I do has some spiritual aspect to it. So yes, my decision was based on religion/spirituality.
post #7 of 49
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Originally Posted by ~Yola View Post
For me, religion (or lack off, for that matter) had nothing whatsoever to do with my choice to UC. And come to think of it, spirituality didn't either. Though obviously there was a spiritual aspect to the Birth itself, it wasn't a matter of my choosing UC because of a belief in the sarcredness of Birth.
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post #8 of 49
I would say no, my decision to UC was not BECAUSE of my religious beliefs. I just read so much about birth and saw that it is a biological process that is way overmedicalized. I do not feel the need to seek out medical assistance when all goes as it should naturally.

However, I do consider myself a spiritual being and a person of faith. My beliefs definitely helped me to prepare for my births, as well as to fully embrace the experience of birth as a profound, life-changing event. That includes my hospital birth, too.
post #9 of 49
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Originally Posted by ~Yola View Post
For me, religion (or lack off, for that matter) had nothing whatsoever to do with my choice to UC. And come to think of it, spirituality didn't either. Though obviously there was a spiritual aspect to the Birth itself, it wasn't a matter of my choosing UC because of a belief in the sarcredness of Birth.
SUCH a good answer. There is a spiritual aspect to birth, but that isn't what drove me to UC. Mismanagement (and management at all) by others during labor and afterward is what leads me to UC. I am able to manage my birth better than ANYONE else, and I WANT that responsibility.

-Kristi
post #10 of 49
My choice is for "religious" reasons and non-religious reasons.

I'm a Christian who views highly God's sovereignty in all things. I believe that whatever happens is His will and I trust Him that whatever happens will work out to be the best thing for me whether I understand it or not.

The non-religious part was after dealing with an upsetting hospital birth experience. I was given an episiotomy without my consent. I was made to push as hard as I could even though I didn't want to push that way. I was made to push on my back. I wasn't warned against the dangers of pitocin or an epidural. I was never given any information about anything that was done to me during my whole time of prenatal care. It was upsetting the entire time and I was not happy but I didn't realize that there were any alternatives in my area at that time. I had never heard of UC back then.
post #11 of 49
I chose my UC's for spiritual but not religious reasons. Empowerment is a big part of my spirituality and I felt very empowered with my choice to UC.

Wendi
post #12 of 49
Nope. I'll admit I don't see birth as a spiritual thing either. There's none of that in it for me. Mine was almost entirely a personal boundairies thing (though not abuse related).
post #13 of 49
Nothing spiritual about it. I'd just prefer to keep my babe and myself away from the slaughterhouse.

Of course, I wouldn't be adverse to incorporating spiritual/religious practices into the birth itself.
post #14 of 49
not a religious thing for me either. I am more of an independent thinker/doer. I don't subscribe to any religion exclusively.
post #15 of 49
not at all.
post #16 of 49
I'm not religious at all. I do believe that nature takes care of most things best, though, and birth is one of those things. My main reason for UCing is that I trust the birth process and don't trust medical "authorities" who generally do not trust the birth process. I was most convinced by Dr. Sarah J. Buckley's writings on the hormonal cocktail of birth. Quite the scientific moreso than spiritual argument! Although my belief in science in that it strives to explain the unknown in nature is almost a spiritual thing for me.
post #17 of 49
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Is UC a religous thing for you?I mean, I know birth is spiritual, but was your choice to be unassisted a religous choice?Thanks for sharing.
nope. most days i'd call myself a nontheist, though i have some pantheistic leanings, so the intersection of uc and religious practice didn't cross my radar at all.

christina
post #18 of 49
Not for me. If anything, it's the opposite... as I say in a joking tone but not really joking, evolution is my favorite scientific theory! I think it's cooler than gravity! So, yeah, evolution and nature had much more to do with my decision.
post #19 of 49
i am a spiritual being, but no, i didnt UC because of my religion. i do know Christians who UCed because they desired privacy for this sacred act, didnt want others to see them nude, are modest women. i get that, but it wasnt why i did. (and i am sure it want the only reason they chose UC either) i had two non-UCs and for many, many reasons i found UC for my last 2 births.
post #20 of 49
In that there's spirituality in everything, sure, but that's not most of it. If you truly believe birth works, then you usually at least consider UC. It just makes sense
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