In the United States it's completely legal to give birth anywhere, including at home. In states where home birth midwives are illegal or difficult to find, some parents choose to plan for unassisted birth at home. This can be a safe viable option when the parents are educated, informed, and prepared.
The first thing to do is educate yourself on the birth process itself. Understand what happens and what you will likely experience as your body goes through this beautiful event and gives birth to a healthy baby. If you've given birth before, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what will happen but you may want to do some research about doing it alone. If this will be your first birth, or even your first vaginal birth, please read as much as you can and prepare yourself for this most important day.
- "Unassisted Birth" by Laura Kaplan Shanley
- "Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love" by Lynn Griesemer
- "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin
- "Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin
- "Emergency Childbirth: A Manual" by Gregory J. White
- "Childbirth Without Fear" by Grantly Dick-Read
What's the law? Please remember to research the laws where you live. For instance, in the United States each state has its own laws about birth certificates, and it's important to know what will be required of you to legally obtain one. Often the birth certificate application also triggers the request for a Social Security Card. Many states require witnesses to sign the birth certification application, and in some states a blood test or maternity test may be required under certain circumstances.
Get the supplies: Although you can give birth with virtually nothing, it's good to be prepared and get the supplies you may need. I prefer to be over-prepared rather than under-prepared. Here are just a couple of places you can order birth kits online:
- In His Hands Birth Supply
- Cascade Health Care Products
- Bring Birth Home Custom Home Birth Baskets
- Home Birth Services
You can also join freebirth community websites such as:
Please feel free to share any birth resources you would recommend in preparation for unassisted birth!