I bought the book "Unassisted Childbirth" by Laura Shanley off the website www.unassistedchildbirth.com
because I was considering an unassisted birth at the time and wanted more info.
Has anyone else read it? What did you think of it? While I think she is right about homebirth being more safe than hospital birth and the dangers of common birth interventions, I still think she is a NUTCASE!!
She has this whole idea that if something bad happens to you, you did something to cause it and you subconsciously wanted it to happen. She also thinks that if you experience any pain during childbirth, it's because you didn't believe in yourself enough and, of course, you wanted it to happen.
She claims to have had five unassisted births and all were short labors, effortless, painless, even orgasmic. She has some of her life story and stuff about her husband as well, which also makes her sound strange.
I just think the part about bad events being all your fault to be really offensive and disempowering, especially to women. Try telling a rape victim that it was her fault, she created her own reality by not believing in herself, and that she subconsciously wanted it - what will that accomplish? Will she have the courage to go on with an unassisted birth then?
The general idea of the book is good - women are capable of giving birth without doctors, drugs, and machines - but I think maybe someone else should have written it.