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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.

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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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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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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.

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For me, everything I do has some spiritual aspect to it. So yes, my decision was based on religion/spirituality.

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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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not a religious thing for me either. I am more of an independent thinker/doer. I don't subscribe to any religion exclusively.
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not at all.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Not for religious reasons. I do believe that God created the body to work a certain way and trusted that it would work as planned. I believed that after much prayer I would come to the right decision to UC or not. But as a direct decision for my specific religion? No.

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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).
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I didn't trust hospitals before ds1 & really wanted a UC with him because of that (plus I'm a very solitary, introverted kind of person). After being cut open because of hospital policies and bs that had nothing to do with my safety or my baby's, I decided that I wasn't ever doing that again & I was going to have the UC I wanted the first time around.

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truthfully, the only reason i had an UC was because my dd's birth progressed much more quickly than any of us could have imagined. but when it was all said and done - WOW - i never, ever wanted to go back to conventional birthing. there was something truly sacred and empowering about a man and woman together, alone, sharing in the birth of a new being - a being that they created together out of love. it makes me feel connected with the generations that have birthed since the dawn of time in ways that i can't describe. i feel joyous that our second dd's first sight of the world was her father's smiling face and the sun, birds and trees i feel devestated that our first dd's view of the world was a strange man and a plunger coming towards her head.

UC for me has become the standard in birthing (complete opposite from the hospital setting being the standard). i would love another UC for this little one and barring any potential issues that may unfold over the coming weeks, its another UC for me and dh. if not a UC, a homebirth with my midwife.
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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.
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Not for religious reasons. I do believe that God created the body to work a certain way and trusted that it would work as planned. I believed that after much prayer I would come to the right decision to UC or not. But as a direct decision for my specific religion? No.
I agree with all of this. For me, it was a spiritual decision not a religious one. My first UC was the most spiritual experience of my life.

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Spiritual, yes, religious, no.
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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.
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Not for religious reasons. I do believe that God created the body to work a certain way and trusted that it would work as planned. I believed that after much prayer I would come to the right decision to UC or not. But as a direct decision for my specific religion? No.


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I agree with all of this. For me, it was a spiritual decision not a religious one. My first UC was the most spiritual experience of my life.
Yup all the same reasons quoted for me too.

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Not religion - my church doesn't tell you how to birth... but spirituality yes. My "personal religion," (aka personal understanding, inclinations, and relationship with God) YES. I believe birth is sacred and will connect you to the Divine.

And like PP said, Everything I do is from my spirituality. I am a very spiritual person.
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I plan to UC because I trust my own body more than I trust doctors or hospitals. For me personally it has nothing to do with religion/spirituality

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Non-religious here. UC because I trust myself far more than I trust the professionals.

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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.

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