Saturday, October 20, 2007

Unassisted childbirth article in UK newspaper

Sunday Express

Unassisted childbirth continues to be a hot topic in the UK. This article was recently published in the Sunday Express (it isn't online so I scanned it in). I thought the writer did a nice job! What's unfortunate is that most of the women that were interviewed did not feel comfortable giving their last names. While having an unassisted birth in the UK is not illegal, it's illegal for anyone to "act as an attendant." Since the law does not define what this means (if the father catches the baby is he acting as an attendant?), some women are concerned. In any case, a growing number of UK women are choosing to give birth this way, and I'm thankful to them for sharing their beautiful stories.

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