Online Communities & Forum Links
At last count, there were over 100 groups on Yahoo and several more on Topica dedicated (at least in part) to supporting women and couples who choose to give birth without medical assistance. I’ve listed several of them here. Click here to view the entire Yahoo list.
Join the Unassisted Childbirth Email List (C-birth). Description as listed: This list is a place to discuss all aspects of birthing and pregnancy. Specifically empowering your birth for you and your family through independent birth. We invite you to join in the discussion and ask as many questions as you like.
Join the Committed To UC Email List. Description as listed: This group is for those who are ALREADY totally committed, both practically and philosophically, to unhindered, unassisted childbirth. This group is not for those who are still researching unassisted birth and need more information to make a decision. There are other groups devoted to that purpose. We provide a safe place for families who have chosen unassisted birth to discuss their choices. We provide support, not arguments. If you are a doctor, nurse, midwife, or doula, please do not apply. We do not believe in assisted birth under any circumstances, and we support the unassisted birther by relating helpful experiences from those who have done it. Most importantly, we believe that the only way to have a safe and satisfying birth is for the mother to trust her intuition.
Join the Empowered Childbirth Email List. Description as listed: This group was created to support women (and men) in their personal and spiritual journeys through the childbearing years. We welcome all people from all backgrounds who wish to learn more about pregnancy, health, nutrition, childbirth, family planning, discipline, Reiki, unassisted birthing (or unabirth), TCS/NCP, waterbirth, Goddess, relationships (I’m running out of keywords and inner peace. Our moderator, Ocean Song, is something of a “Radical Mother” so we expect to have our beliefs tested here on a pretty regular basis. Hot topics like abortion, circumcision, formula feeding, day care and unabirth are dividing families against each other all over the Internet. Our aim here is to educate, not attack. We’re all just people making friends, making babies and making different choices.
Join the Unassisted Birth After Cesarean List. Description as listed: A learning and living place for women having an unassisted birth after cesarean. All levels of strength and courage are welcomed and encouraged. Discussion will be open with a focus on taking steps towards autonomy after experiencing one of obstetrics greatest interventions – c-sections.
Join the JewishUC list. Description as listed: This group is for families from all different backgrounds, who chose to have a do it yourself birth! Hospital and midwife assisted birthers are also welcomed. This group will provide education and information that doctors may not give you. All topics are on including prenatal care, co-sleeping, vaccination, circumcision and Jewish holidays. Feel comfortable to ask anything! No subject is taboo here. It’s even ok to have debates about abortion issues. But please NO FLAMMING! Lets find the joys of being happily independent unassisted homebirthers! Shalom