Step 1: Choose whether you want an OB, midwife, general practitioner, or if you want an unassisted pregnancy (UP).
This is a personal decision and any of the above options are great, even if you are planning an unassisted birth. Ensure you feel comfortable with your care provider, whomever it is.
If you choose OB, general practitioner or midwife:
It is up to you to decide if you want to tell people (particularly an OB) of your decision to give birth unassisted. If you do decide to tell people, they may try to intervene or otherwise cause stress for you during pregnancy, labor, and/or birth. This stress is entirely unnecessary so use your judgement wisely on whom you tell, especially care providers.
Many moms who chose an OB, general practitioner or midwife, leave out the part of giving birth unassisted and continue the care throughout the pregnancy until the very end. This often gives the mother piece of mind in her prenatal care and relieves the stress the practitioner may place on the mother if they knew about the impending unassisted birth.
I find many moms who plan an unassisted birth, are very in touch with their bodies and have made the conscious, educated decision to birth in this manner. The presumptions of the care provider are not often true about a mother who decides to birth unassisted so often the advice to avoid unassisted birth does not apply.
If you chose unassisted pregnancy:
Ensure you are comfortable with this decision and do your due diligence. Educate yourself! When doing an unassisted birth, you can do many of the same exam as the care provider. Look at Step 2 for more on unassisted pregnancy.
A note here: I strongly urge you to get your partner on board with any decision you make at this stage for your care. They are concerned with your well being and the baby growing inside of you.
Here is the story my unassisted birth with my twin girls.
Go to the next step Step #2: Establishing Prenatal Schedule
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