Freedom to Birth

In the October 2010 General Conference, President Monson stated “within the confines of whatever circumstances we find ourselves, we will always have the right to choose”.  So even in a world where the Constitution, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, is not being followed and we do not enjoy our God-given rights to their fullest, we still can make choices that result in a greater degree of liberty.

In this episode of LDS Liberty, Jeremy and Beth describe their recent experience of having an unassisted home birth and how this decision brought them closer together as a family and to the Savior.  They also respond to many of the questions that they received both before and after this experience from friends and family.

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10 Responses to Freedom to Birth

  1. Laurene says:

    I find it interesting that so many people were afraid for you. It is nice that they were praying for you and glad {or relieved} that you were okay. It is good to have so many people that love you.
    I do believe also, that it all comes down to faith. I think we need to focus on our own faith and not the judge the faith of others and their decisions that are based on their personal faith and soul searching.
    My attitude would hopefully be; I know these two people to be rational, helpful, contributing to society, loving parents and to have a great love of Christ and the Plan of salvation….. And then before I say I am afraid for you maybe ask the questions. Why wouldn’t they be open to personal revelation for their family from a loving Father in Heaven, like I feel we are all entitled too for our own families? Why would I assume to know what was better for them?

    I guess you are right it does come down to fear. Faith and fear cannot dwell together.“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

    You guys are awesome!

  2. celestial9513 says:

    I had 6 kids at home with a mid-wife! 5 of them were water births. I wouldn’t do it any other way!! :) Birth is a natural thing… My cat just had 5 kittens (unassisted! She even cleaned up her mess herself…) Nearly everyone I talk to that has a child in the hospital has something traumatic happen, or at least those that work at the hospital make it out to be traumatic! They keep people afraid! One woman nearly died, because they doctor yanked the placenta out before it had completely detached… He was in a hurry for some unknown reason… Yet, I thought it strange that this same woman went back there the next time, because “What if it happens again?!?” Most trauma is due to human error. Where there are fewer humans, less error :) Being at home was peaceful, and my recovery rapid… all my children healthy!!!

  3. Elisa McGreer says:

    Hey guys,
    Ben and I listened to part of your podcast together and really enjoyed it! I learned so much. You have every right to make the choice that you did. It takes moral courage to question for yourself and yours what is right and then act upon it in faith in spite of criticism, ignorance, or fear. Congratulations on your beautiful addition.

  4. Cherylyn says:

    Thank you so much for this broadcast! As an LDS mom who’s seriously considering a planned unassisted birth, this really came at the perfect time. I feel so strongly that Heavenly Father is guiding me, and I’m so grateful to know that I’m not alone.

  5. Craig says:

    Is this for real? What if there were complications with the baby? Do they really have the expertise to deal with this?

  6. Jenny Hatch says:

    Congrats! My friend Lynn Griesemer told me about your birth and sent me the link to your show. My husband and I listened to it this morning. Awesome…

    Here is the Amazon Link to my Elijah Birth Book, written for the husband who is reluctant to assist his wife with a planned home delivery:

    When you asked the question submitted by the dude who felt it was unfair to put emts and er workers in the position of helping with any emergencies that might crop up, my immediate thought was that they should simply “do the jobs that they are compensated to do”. Whether the birth scenario is an unplanned emergency childbirth or simply a home birth where the couple needs a little help, the most common help usually needed is with a retained placenta, the professionals ideally should simply do the job required…end of story.

    I really enjoyed listening to both of you share and as an LDS mother who also has given birth at home alone, with a radio show, I would love to have you both on for a fifteen minute interview.

    Just email if you have some free time!

    Jenny Hatch

    • Jeanette says:

      Im sorry I missed the show …. I would love to hear it….
      A big help in your query is Pollys birth book, Hi Im jeanette Pollys daughter …. this is a world renownhighly sought after book ….

      I remember mother was invited by the Russian Gov. to come teach thier women to give birth becuase thier mortality rate was sooooo horrible…. she was in her 80′s diabetic, severe arthritis , a 3rd world country in turmoil at the time, ( softest smile ) I just softly told her ” Mother, we will never see you again…. just kindly say you are honored but your daughter wont let me go.” I believe she sent them many books , for shipping only… what a great girl ! miss her. Her legacy was to help the Lord get as many babies here as safely and sweetly as possible. She loved the Lord.
      Now I find that this book is being used for emergency preparedness …. if you will read the post below it will give more info….
      hopefully maybe someone can send me a link for the show you speak of …. thanks Jeanette

  7. Joy says:

    I totally believe that everyone should have the freedom to choose to have your birth however they choose. My concern is this. My first child was born with some pretty serious health concerns. If I had not gone to “regular” doctors appointments and had ultrasounds we would have never known about these issues before hand. Which if left unattended would have most likely caused him to not make it. But with the knowledge we had from the ultrasounds we were able to be properly prepared at the birth so that even thought there were some serious complications, they were taken care of in the proper way and he is healthy today, almost 3 years later. So I wonder what your response to this would be: What if you could prevent your child from dying just by having an ultrasound and having the help of medical professionals? I am not asking this to judge or anything like that. But this question is something I struggle with. Because I have family members who have their children at home and I think this is great. But what if I had, had my son at home? He most likely would have died. I would love to hear your opinion/response on this.

    • Jeanette says:

      A good midwife will use the Lord in her dealings, and also the priesthood needs to be involved …. yes there are times that you need to be in the hosp. and the midwife will know the signs and symptoms. With Pollys Birth Book it tells you the things you need to know and recognize…. but dont focuse on the negetive but on the positive and the Lord,just know the signs if you see them… Pollys Birth Book will be a great help in your questions…..
      May the Lord bless you and your family…. Jeanette

  8. Jeanette says:

    HI, I am Pollys Daughter of Pollys Birth Book, thank you so much for your kind words and yes it has been my experience that Home birth was much easier, comfortable, loving, in fact the MD that was on the back up went on vacation at the time of my delivery …. he returned to say,” oh I knew you were in good hands with your mother.”

    I am anouncing the all new spiral binding ! It has been a huge hit….

    there are more than 1 reason to have this book …. let me share mothers words on her book…. it makes you think… about your preparedness the Prophet asked us to be prepared for ( food storage)
    If ye are prepared. ye have nothing to fear.

    It is a well known fact that in disaster situations Triage rules the day! This means that women will be told to stay home or go elsewhere to deliver their babies because childbirth is not a life threatening emergency! Rightly, the Sheriff office wanted the layman to become prepared to assist a mother in childbirth.While Pollys Birth Book alone lacks the element of hands-on experience for the reader, nevertheless it is by far the most sought after childbirth “how-to” book on the market world over.

    Since 1984 Pollys Birth Book: Obstetrics For The Home is being used by doctors over the world who are looking to provide natural childbirth to the ever increasing demands of some patients. It is used as the primary training manual in midwifery schools, as a reference book in Childbirth Centers and classes by Certified Nurse Midwives, EMTs and other paramedics. Thousands of parents and Lay Midwives use this volume as a valuable resource for family planning, pregnancy and childbirth, and postpartum care.

    Pollys Birth Book: Obstetrics For The Home reflects the twenty-plus years experience of the author as a midwife. You also find there a healthy respect for life and the role of parents as they seek to multiply and replenish.
    586 pp, and has 71 illustrations by the author.

    Please feel free to contact me Jeanette

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