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Hi ladies. I played with the concept of having a UC with my first pregnancy, my ds is now 6 months. I ended up having a home waterbirth with an attending midwife because my husband freaked out when I talked to him about UC. However, I'd like to look into it for my second pregnancy. Can any of you tell me where to start??? What research to do for self prenatal care etc. ? I am really impressed by the fact that you ladies do this. Is it legal in all states?
 

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This forum right here is a FANTASTIC resource! Read back and bookmark threads that interest you. I did much of my reading here. I really learned all I needed to know from Mothering.com!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rocks.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="mdc rocks"><br><br>
And reading the birth stories from women here was truly inspiring.<br><br>
The number one thing is to really and honestly trust yourself and your body. You WILL know if something is wrong when it is only yourself (and possibly a supportive partner who has known you a long time) that you are listening to. And you WILL know how to give birth. And you WILL know what to do with your newborn. It sort of flowed for me naturally without thought. I knew when she wasn't breathing that she was fine and just asking for a little help to clear her mouth and throat.<br><br>
I did not do any of my own prenatal care. I just trusted my body would tell me if it was having issues and I treated things as they came up.
 

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yes, it is legal in all states. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> unlike homebirth with midwives, which aren't always legal in all states.<br><br>
this forum is GREAT for learning, as is reading on Unhindered Living.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yes, it is legal in all states. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> unlike homebirth with midwives, which aren't always legal in all states.<br><br>
this forum is GREAT for learning, as is reading on Unhindered Living.</div>
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That is ridiculous. Why is UC legal in all states but not MW assisted birth? Not that I am saying MW attended birth is better or anything.
 

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isn't it? I suppose the reason is that they don't want to be prosecuting every family that gives birth in traffic. Plus, the probably don't believe people really INTEND to give birth w/o assistance. With a midwife that intent (birthing at home) is pretty clear.
 

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I always took it that you can regulate midwives but it's much harder to prove that 'oops' didn't happen. You cannot prosecute a mom who woke up to baby crowning and you can't always prove that didn't happen! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I read as much of the posts on MDC that I could. That is where I started. After that, I read Emergency Childbirth. Any questions I had, I posted them to MDC. It was pretty easy. I didn't start planning my UC till I was 6 months pregnant. Before that I had prenatals by a lay midwife. When I stopped her prenatals at 6 months, I just occasionally checked my BP at the store and that was all I did for my prenatals from that point on.
 

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Read. Read. And then read some more.<br><br>
I think just about all of us have read pretty much the same books.<br><i>Childbirth Without Fear</i>, <i>Unassisted Childbirth</i>, there are so many.<br><br>
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I started out here. I love looking at other sites thought too. Laura Shanley's site was great, especially for my DH when he was finally ready to read something.
 

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For me UC was a natural evolution. I got involved in birth, teaching childbirth classes, reading a ton, and UC just made sense to me. So read a lot, lurk and post here, etc. I liked The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth by Laurie Morgan.
 
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