Discovery Health: "Freebirthing" Sunday at Noon

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Discovery Health: "Freebirthing" Sunday at Noon

I just thought I would post in case you are interested in watching. The description says, "Women are opting to have babies without drugs, midwives or medical support." It's coming on 12noon Eastern Time.

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is there any way to view it online? I don't have discovery.

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Thanks for posting this Ariel! I was wondering what to do with my sunday afternoon, I'm gonna watch this!
From the description it seems like unassisted births.

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"Illiana" wrote:

is there any way to view it online? I don't have discovery.

Jade, I'm really not sure. Sometimes if you go to the website they will play full episodes, but normally I think it is a day or so after it airs.

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That would be a good one to check out. I'll have to see when its playing here. TFS!

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It is about unassisted births. For a while I thought that I wanted an unassisted birth, but I've since changed my mind for numerous reasons - not because of watching the show. I actually really enjoyed the show, but I think it's just too risky, personally. It's way better than watching those horrible hospital birth shows!

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We don't get that channel, it comes with a more expensive Dish package than the one we have. This special premiered about a year ago. I've never seen it, but I've read reviews. It is about unassisted birth. It follows three women through their planned UC's.

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yes unassisted childbirth is also called freebirthing.. and what i'm planning for this one for various reasons.

I can't find anything on the website, but i'll look around.. thanks. It may be better I don't watch it.. It'll probably just piss me off.

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"Illiana" wrote:

yes unassisted childbirth is also called freebirthing.. and what i'm planning for this one for various reasons.

I can't find anything on the website, but i'll look around.. thanks. It may be better I don't watch it.. It'll probably just piss me off.

I really liked it, but there were some parts of the interviews with medical personnel that aggravated me. All three women had wonderful births though.

It's not for me at this point in my life, but I think a woman should have the ability to birth however and wherever she pleases. I am lucky that I have found such a supportive homebirth MW who is in line with my own philosophies... I realize that for a lot of women, that unfortunately isn't an option.

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Yeah, My decision to UC was mainly due to the restrictions on HBMW theres only one in my area, I'm not a huge fan of her, but would be willing if it wasn't so much.. I just can't afford it and she HAS to be paid in advance. and thats if I "qualify" according to state regulations which can only be determined by OB at 37 week check up and theres only one OB who will back up the MW (give the OK so to say) and I HATE him so all in all it wasn't an option right now. BUT given the time i've had to prepare and my experience with DD birth I'm excited about UCing now. Though I rarely tell anyone about it..

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Jade, that's awesome that you feel so great about it! Are you going to write a birth story? I'd really like to read it even if you don't post publicly... I totally understand not wanting to tell a lot of people. I was surprised how supportive the families were of the women on the show. Does your family know?

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say, our Bradley Method instructor has like 5 children and I think all but one were UC with only the other children and her DH present. She showed one of her birth videos at the end of the 12 weeks, and it was pretty amazing. I really liked how the whole (immediate) family was involved. And they had organized a duty for each child; like one was responsible for mama's water bottle, one was using something to fan her face, one got to announce the sex of the baby... it was really neat.

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I sorta mentioned it to my mom and she just started going off on how it wasn't a good idea. She had all 3 of us by UC (she couldn't afford doc or MW at the time). My dad freaked out when I told him I had DD at the birth center/hospital. He thought I should have stayed home.. I haven't told anyone else in my family. DF was surprisingly ok with it. I was expecting him to freak out or say no. But he's been very much along the lines of you've done this (birth) before you know what you can do. heh I thought i was going to pass out when he told me that.. lol But he's been great.

I'll def. write up a birth story. I'm pretty much going to play it like opps fast labor didn't make it to the hospital which is 45ish minutes away. I had a fairly fast labor with dd so if second one goes faster (i'm hoping) then i really won't have time to make it. (dd labor was under 5 hours and that was with pushing on my back for what felt like hours) I was so bummed when my computer crashed and i lost dd birth story.. my lovely friend who attended her birth wrote up a birth story from her perspective for my dd 3rd bday last year.. i still can't read it without crying.

If something doesn't feel right at the time I'll def go in, but otherwise I'm at peace with staying home. I've told a few friends but not many maybe 4 or 5 and then only the ones that i thought would be ok with it.

Thats awesome about your bradely instructor. My dad is the only family i have here and lets just say he WON"T be at the birth. I want Aria there but will have someone take her if she freaks out (from the noises).. I wasn't a screamer last time more of grunts and groans but somewhat loud. DF really wants it to be private. but i haven't really decided yet if i want a friend there or not.
Anyway, this is long and rambling.

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I'm pulling for ya! Can't wait to hear how it goes:-D

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thanks Connie.. i'm excited and ready.. but its crazy cuz it'll be my last one also.. yikes.. I've got all my supplies ready. Last time I was so nervous. I knew I could do it (NCB) but I was nervous. This time i'm just ready. I don't know. It's such an odd feeling.. I'm just praying that Dan (or Aria) doesn't freak out on me. I really want them both there.

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"krazykat" wrote:

I really liked it, but there were some parts of the interviews with medical personnel that aggravated me. All three women had wonderful births though.

It's not for me at this point in my life, but I think a woman should have the ability to birth however and wherever she pleases. I am lucky that I have found such a supportive homebirth MW who is in line with my own philosophies... I realize that for a lot of women, that unfortunately isn't an option.

Yup. That's what it comes down to, being able to birth as you wish and do what's healthiest for you and your babe.

I'll have to keep an eye out for reruns of this or watch it online.

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Is there a link where it can be watched online?

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it doesn't look like the full version is avialable online, but there are some clips here: http://freebirthing.org/

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"Illiana" wrote:

yes unassisted childbirth is also called freebirthing.. and what i'm planning for this one for various reasons.

I can't find anything on the website, but i'll look around.. thanks. It may be better I don't watch it.. It'll probably just piss me off.

I tend to find birth shows hard to watch for many reasons, but I really did enjoy this one. I think it was really positive. I think one woman went to the ER because her placenta wouldn't come out or something and they treated her like crap, but overall it was really neat to watch.

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"ecoberry1" wrote:

I tend to find birth shows hard to watch for many reasons, but I really did enjoy this one. I think it was really positive. I think one woman went to the ER because her placenta wouldn't come out or something and they treated her like crap, but overall it was really neat to watch.

Oh that was the part that made me so mad... when the doctor looks at her and says so condescendingly... "well, what are you going to allow us to do for you". She had been questioning why she needed an IV, what they were going to do, etc. JUST questions... seemed like she was trying to understand what the process was going to be. I wanted to scream at the tv, "How about first talk to her like she's a human being, then tell her what you would like to have happen, and then everyone can MAYBE come to a logical conclusion!!!"

Ended up, she just pushed a little and it came out... so all that pressure from the doctor like she was killing herself by asking questions, and everything was fine.

*That was SO CHARACTERISTIC of a military hospital though (which is where they were I'm pretty sure), and exactly why I am not having my babies at one.

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yeah i've heard that happens ALOT if you have to transfer for aftercare like PPH or something. but i've heard that happens for homebirths as often as it does for unassisted births.

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after my first birth experience with DD, my husband told me that if that same OB is on call the next time, we will just have to OOPS have the baby at home. for all that it was quick, and very few things went badly, i still wish it could have gone so differently. but we are not exactly preparing for UC... just winging it if it happens. not sure if DH will stick to it when the time comes, but he'd rather call 911 after than deal with that dr being an a$$ in the delivery room... according to him.

me, now that i've done it once, i think i can do anything. not sure what the Dr's and nurses were there to do, i really don't, i did all the work, they just annoyed me!

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Jenni, yeah i know the feeling.. Honestly I think everyone should prepare for a UC just in case.. its not like you need a ton of supplies or anything. Just get some basic info/supplies just in case, you really never know what will happen or when. It's better to be prepared and not need it than to need it and not have it. but JMO.