Melbourne Doula

Welcome to 'Melbourne Doula', the place where I share what birth work is teaching is me, and what I am learning from the wonderful families who have invited me to share this most special season of their lives. Here you will find information about me and the doula services I provide, birth stories from remarkable women and their loved ones, as well as all kinds of resources to enrich your own journey of discovery. And welcome also to BLISSFUL HERBS, the home of beautiful herbal teas and bath herbs to support wellness through every season of life.

Unassisted Childbirth / Freebirth

Unassisted Birth Explained and why I chose it

The Unassisted Birth / Freebirth page on Facebook 

Stacey's Story - unassisted birth after 5 caesareans - and the baby weighed 10 and a half pounds too.

How to deliver a baby at home - emergency situation
"Try to get her up in a squatting position. This will shorten the birth canal and gravity will work in her favor." 
- Actually I would suggest a kneeling or hands & knees position. Squatting is not always a very easy comfortable position for most women to adopt, though some do take to it. On hands & knees the woman feels grounded and anchored, the pelvis is opened, the tailbone and sacrum can lift and there is least stress on the stretching perineum.

Basic Instructions for a Quick or Unassisted Birth by Jenny Blyth 

External signs of dilations, progress and descent  
- how to know how dilated you are without vaginal exams

Letters from Laura - thoughts on unassisted childbirth  - Laura Shanley's blog

Unassisted Childbirth website

Info. re. unassisted birth from the Gentle Birth Midwifery Archives (USA)

The Bauhauswife Recipe Book for an Ecstatic Homebirth

INDIE BIRTH - Women Own Birth - Maryn Green

FREEBIRTH SOCIETY  - normalizing autonomous birth in the modern world - birth stories, podcasts and an on-line course "The Complete Guide to Freebirth" you can sign up for (which you pay for).

Unassisted Homebirth Australia - list of resources

Here is a herbal kit of all the essentials you need for your planned homebirth or unassisted birth: $100 Freebirth Herbal Kit 

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