Natural Birth

trusting the process of childbirth

Natural Birth Welcome Post
Welcome to the Natural Birthing Community!
Please read the community guidelines before posting. Thanks!

If you need to contact the community moderators, please do so through our mod journal nb_mods. You may post by clicking here.

In this community, we consider the definition of natural childbirth to be a labor that begins spontaneously and does not involve the use of medication or intervention during the birth process.

This community is for anyone supportive of natural pregnancy and childbirth. We are pro-breastfeeding, supportive of homebirth, unassisted birth, birth center and natural hospital birth. We encourage members to take charge of the choices and management of their health care.

Pregnancy and childbirth are normal aspects of the life cycle. There is much to be learned by listening to ourselves and our bodies during childbearing.

Posts relating to natural family living are welcome within the community, in addition to those addressing TTC, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and breastfeeding.

Your friendly neighborhood mods are:

birthingway, freshgroundfemm, theretohere and imyourbob

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us through our mod journal, nb_mods. If you LJ message us we may not respond in a timely manner.

Natural Birth Member Agreement and Rules of Conduct


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Supporting a safe space to discuss natural birth is our #1 priority. The mission of this community is to support, educate and empower women to make the choices necessary to have a natural birth and dispel negative cultural attitudes about the childbearing cycle.

If you happen to observe anything that appears to be a violation of the rules listed below, please get in touch with a moderator right away and we will act swiftly.

Please see the info page for a full listing of the community rules.

New Member, New at Most Things
Hi everyone,

I recently resuscitated my LiveJournal presence after I found out I was pregnant. Maybe a weird choice, but after futile searches online for websites and forums that aren't hellbent on body-shaming, misogynist-consumerism, I thought I'd dip my toes back into this world. I found your forum, which seems like a wonderful space that shares my birthing ideologies.

I'm currently 11 weeks pregnant, and this is my first. Like I said, I've been struggling to find literature (online and otherwise) that favors natural birthing. So I thought I'd begin by asking, if there are any reading recommendations that anyone has of any shape or form, I would be hugely grateful!

Thanks so much, and I'm happy to be here!


Sweetening the Pill - a documentary by Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake
Might be interesting to natural birthers, and they need backing urgently.

Filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein will investigate our current and future choices for contraception in this feature documentary

inviting people to the birth?
winter snowflake
Hi all, I am pregnant with my second child and planning my second homebirth. Last time it was just my husband and I and the midwives, so this time I would like to invite our close family (our moms and my sister-in-law). I am putting together a list of things for them to consider before deciding to come to the birth, like "You will need to do what the midwives ask without question." What would you put on this list?

Suggestions needed for a friend in labour please!
Hello I just received a message from a friend who is interested in having a natural birth. Please note this is happening in Sweden. Here is the message:

Been in labor for more than 24 hrs and made great progress until 3:30am this morning. Then things slowed down and became irregular again. Went to hospital for check up this morning and sent home with some meds to help me rest. Contractions are powerful but progress not great. We have been out walking. Any other suggestions of what I can do to get things moving? I don't want to land up too tired to deliver this baby...


Thanks in advance!

Natural birth and Diastatis Recti
Hello everyone,

I'm pregnant with my second.

During my first pregnancy my stomach muscles separated and never really came back together. I pushed for over 5 hours before the baby was finally out (after a doctor was called and assisted me with a vacuum).

I was hoping to be able to push the baby out unassisted this time, but reading about abdomen muscle separation it seems it makes pushing quite a bit more difficult. It might even be the reason it went down that way for me the first time around.

My question is rather specific but I'm eager to ask it anyway...

Has anyone here had muscle separation with one pregnancy and a difficulty to push and went on to push without issues in subsequent pregnancies?

cross posted from due date community
So we didn't want an ultrasound this time, and i told myself we wouldn't get one unless medically indicated. Well, then i gained 10lbs in a month and measured 4 weeks ahead. 22cm at 18w.

I said i wanted one but now am thinking of at least waiting one more month and seeing if that growth stays steady, picks up even more drastically, or slows down to be more where it should be.

third baby, never measured ahead before, either time. ugh. if only we didn't have to pay for the u/s out of pocket.

plus, i'm scared i'll lose my resolve about being surprised if someone's already in there poking around. i've seen enough of those things that if a winky went by on the screen, i'm sure i'd know what i was looking at.

advice welcome i guess. but be nice.

Birth Story
My second baby, Madeleine Joy, was born on November 23rd into my hands.

I wanted to share my birth story here.  I'm no writer and I certainly haven't had time to edit so please ignore my mistakes. :)

Homebirth Birth Plans
Chesire Cat
Does anybody have a home birth, birth plan that they would be able to share with me, or direct me to?

I had a birth centre birth with my first son, I did have a birth plan but I can't find it anywhere on my laptop.

I will be having a doula as well, if that makes any difference!

Thanks ! 

List of Affirmations
I'm 35.5 weeks w/ my second.  This will be my 2nd homebirth.  My midwife has asked me to come up with 2 lists.  The first she called a list of "affirmations"; birth positive messages that might mean something to me during labor.  Can y'all help me with that?  Anything that stuck out to you during labor?  Links?

The second list she wanted was a list of "expectations" for each person who will be present at the birth.  For sure, it will be midwife, her assistant, my husband, and my nearly 3 year old son.  It will possibly include my MIL & FIL, whom we have invited to help watch our son, if necessary.  Can you help me out with this too?  I don't want to sound bossy in the "expectations" or anything but she is right it is better to be clear about what I am wanting from everyone.  What would have been on your list or what did you tell your birth attendants & others present about your expectations?



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