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Options and Local Support for UCers!

I have written briefly about unassisted childbirth before here. I have always meant to write more in depth, but hey, life gets in the way, doesn’t it?

Midwife Pamela Hines of Salem, OR has been a long-time supporter of women who choose to go unassisted, and she recently wrote a post including her own ‘Unattended Birth Contract’. She writes:

“A non-refundable midwifery care deposit of $500 ensures that Pamela Hines-Powell will be available to answer questions or concerns, order desired labs or ultrasound, collaborate with other healthcare providers during the course of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This fee also ensures that she will be on call for the birth, whether or not she attends the birth.

Prenatal and postpartum care: Individual appointments are $75. The client decides how many, when and what type of appointment they need/desire.

I think it is a great option for those who want to open up their options when it comes to UC. Having an unassisted birth can be a long and lonely road, and I think that if a woman feels she needs some feedback/tests done/a midwife as a backup in case of an emergency or just as a line of support, then that is GREAT.

I do not think that having a midwife as a resource or as possible back up  means that you are abandoning your UC. Not all UCs are the same; some women have unassisted pregnancies, and some do not. Some women are completely alone, and some have doulas, friends, family, and/or their partners there. A wonderful midwife that supports UCs can be a great resource and partner on a woman’s road to going unassisted. There are many ways to have a UC!

  1. March 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I agree completely, Nicole! Women need to have this option. I love Pamela, by the way and got to see her again this month at the Trust Birth conference!

  2. March 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you so much for your feedback, Laura! I truly appreciate your opinion.

    Someday I hope to be able to make it to Trust Birth. Maybe next year 🙂 I think I would be over the moon meeting so many amazing women!


  3. boheime
    May 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Wonderful! I believe that midwives cannot truly support the idea that a woman is fully capable of birthing if she listens to her body as long as they insist on the presence of a midwife at birth. It is rare to find a midwife who truly believes in birth and women in this way.

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