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I have been looking for a positive birth story book that is specifically geared towards UC. I got a lot of inspiration from Ina May's Guide to Childbirth because of all of the great birth stories. I couldnt find a book, so I started combing through the MDC Birth Stories Forum (so many awesome pages of stories) and pulled some stories out to add to my bookmarks. It seemed selfish not to repost the list so that anyone searching for positive birth stories could find it easily. I havent read all of these, so I cant promise that they are all positive yet. However, I will edit it accordingly. I know that the stories that have endings that were unplanned have their place too, but I was looking specifically for stories that would make me feel inspired to have a UC. I did include any of the surprise UC's because Ive also been trying to figure out how to plan to have an unassisted childbirth at home. I dont know how to make a wiki, so if someone wants to do that, awesome.

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http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1245756/edith-s-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1279620/brigit-s-birth-story-uc-with-pics
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/542629/another-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/919839/uc-homebirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1284652/uc-story-of-our-twins
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/715679/my-uc-solo-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1076565/solo-uc-waterbirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/550876/maximilian-s-uc-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1075974/uc-of-julian-miles
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/690987/my-uc-birth-story
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/947983/eli-s-uc-birth-story
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/610459/phoenix-s-birth-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/136809/uc-birth-at-43-weeks
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/662607/uc-of-heidi-giselle-long
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/152779/my-uc-story
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1200940/double-footling-twin-uc-waterbirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/643800/saffron-s-uc-waterbirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/712952/the-uc-water-birth-of-maci
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/565603/ian-s-2004-uc-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1017125/uc-of-brigid-eleanor
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/109514/xander-scott-s-birthday-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/632596/the-uc-birth-of-maren-montana
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/352352/matthew-s-fast-uc-waterbirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/832125/zanna-s-uc-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/937203/rowan-s-uc-followed-by-mama-s-transfer
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/753887/dahlia-calliope-uc-waterbirth-long
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/910388/anja-s-very-fast-uc-hypnobirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/366257/i-had-the-uc-of-my-dreams
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/926126/uc-water-lotus-home-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1020046/my-september-uc-with-doula
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/830289/the-uc-of-shana-marie-at-42-weeks
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/632697/my-birth-story-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1226412/june-lyra-our-2nd-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1201900/our-2nd-uc-beautiful-but-rough
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1043217/my-3rd-uc-baby-is-here
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1201145/brennen-s-late-birth-story-up-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/833232/it-s-a-dude-uc-with-teen-siblings
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/759200/my-ainslee-born-in-the-caul-planned-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/568873/the-birth-of-kh-na-up-uc-water-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/657914/uc-of-1st-child-lotus-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/832125/zanna-s-uc-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/189033/lilah-s-uc-water-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/669745/henry-s-uc-homebirth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/102159/sophie-jane-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/546498/anatoly-s-story-uc
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1044665/my-uc-i-did-it
http://www.mothering.com/community/search.php?search=UC&containingforum%5B0%5D=166&currenttab=All&start=210
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/699429/the-unassisted-birth-of-my-first-child
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/997676/isaac-s-unassisted-birth-at-a-hotel
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/318696/pearl-s-unassisted-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/520380/i-had-my-daughter
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1092011/carolyn-belle-s-awesome-unassisted-water-birth
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1083542/the-unassisted-birth-of-greyson-jude
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/889270/the-unassisted-birth-of-carolina
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/992465/birth-of-baby-kara
http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/582787/ronan-s-unassisted-waterbirth
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thanks for posting this. makes it easy for a birth story junkie like me to jump right in, without having to filter the stuff i want to hear less of.


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This thread also links to several UC birth stories:

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/891659/uc-roll-call-and-birth-stories


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There is a book called "Simply Give Birth" that my m/w loaned me that is just a collection of unassisted birth stories. A great read and very encouraging. Sorry I can't remember the name of the author right now (pregnancy brain!) but even DH read it and enjoyed it.


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Thanks! That is kind of exactly what I was looking for. Ive linked it here in case anyone else is interested:
http://www.simplygivebirth.com/

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There is a book called "Simply Give Birth" that my m/w loaned me that is just a collection of unassisted birth stories. A great read and very encouraging. Sorry I can't remember the name of the author right now (pregnancy brain!) but even DH read it and enjoyed it.


Your midwife is lending books with unassisted birth stories?  thumbsup.gif

 


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Here's another perfect UC birth story ;)   http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1312928/10-20-07-i-should-ve-posted-this-years-ago

 

And the book I read when I first decided to have a UC with my first child is titled "Unassisted Childbirth" by Laura Kaplan-Shanley... it goes a little out of the realm of just UC birth stories, but it REALLY encouraged me to be confidant in UC. Although I'll admit, the author shares some ideas that I think are pretty strange but overall her message is a good one, and I read her book during this pregnancy too just to remind me all the wonderful benefits that come with UC.

 

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I LOVE it! It's like a buffet of birth stories!! Thanks!


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I'm bumping up this amazing list of birthing stories! orngbiggrin.gif
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One thing that disturbed me about some of these stories is that there seems to be a widespread misunderstanding about the function of the placenta after delivery and the significance of a baby who is purple, struggles to breathe, or is minimally responsive (i.e. all signs of a low one-minute apgar score).

 

In several of the stories. mothers wrote that they weren't concerned about a heavy purple or blue tinge over the entire body (i.e. not just the extremities) and an initial failure to breathe because the cord was not cut and the placenta was therefore providing oxygen.  This is a misunderstanding, one that I think is based on an inaccurate grasp of the reasons for delayed cord clamping/cutting.  The reason that delayed cord clamping is suggested is because it gives the baby more blood volume, which has been shown to provide significantly higher levels of iron.  A greater volume of blood means a greater number of red blood cells.  This means that the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is increased.  It does NOT mean that the baby continues to receive a substantial amount of oxygen from the placenta following delivery.

 

If the placenta was providing enough oxygen to the baby, then the baby wouldn't be purple and slow to respond-- these are signs of oxygen deprivation.  As White writes in Emergency Childbirth, "The baby who is born pale, pale blue, or white, and limp, with no expression in the face, no movements in the limbs, no tendency to resist outside efforts to move his arms and legs-- this baby is already seriously embarrassed and may need help in breathing."  In fact, if intensive resuscitation is required, one of the first things that you should do is cut the cord in order to allow you to perform the required maneuvers.  This is a very clear case where the risks of leaving a cord attached far outweigh the benefits.

 

The placenta/umbilical cord is not a SCUBA tank.  Babies need to start breathing on their own very soon after birth.  A baby that is purple, appears to be "sleeping," and does not respond to touch is not a "peaceful" baby.  These are all causes for concern.  Fortunately, most of the mothers in this story responded appropriately (by rubbing the baby and clearing the airways) and all of the babies started breathing soon (as usually happens-- a low one minute apgar score isn't a huge cause for concern if the five-minute apgar shows strong improvements).  I just wanted to point this out, since I'd hate to see a mother assume that there's no rush to make sure that the baby is breathing and delay resuscitation where it is required.  No one should freak out if they see signs of oxygen deprivation, but they also shouldn't assume that everything is peachy.

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There is a book called "Simply Give Birth" that my m/w loaned me that is just a collection of unassisted birth stories. A great read and very encouraging. Sorry I can't remember the name of the author right now (pregnancy brain!) but even DH read it and enjoyed it.


Simply Give Birth was written by Heather Cushman-Dowdee and is available on Amazon for less than $14.

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