Each year, people gather in various locations around the country to celebrate “National Unassisted Homebirth Week” during the first week of July. National Unassisted Homebirth Week originated in 2000 as a way to create awareness about unassisted homebirth. July 4th commemorates independence, just as unassisted homebirth signifies independence from conventional childbirth.

Chase’s Calendar of Events directory states:

National Unassisted Homebirth Week. July 1-7. Conferences and activities to create awareness and encouragement for couples who intentionally seek to give birth without a midwife or doctor. For info: Lynn M. Griesemer, 4103 Plaza Lane, Fairfax, VA, 22033. Phone: (703) 263-2468. E-mail: greeze@juno.com. Web: www.unassistedhomebirth.com.

This year I’ll be attending an unassisted homebirth family picnic in Charleston, South Carolina. When I gave birth to Millicent in 1996 in Charleston, there were at least fifteen UHB families within a ten-mile radius! It was so inspiring.

What will you do to promote unassisted homebirth? Here are some ideas:

  1. Have a family picnic to celebrate. Invite unassisted homebirth families and others who support unassisted homebirth. Invite those who may be considering a future unassisted homebirth. Take a group photo and submit it to your local newspaper.

  2. Submit your birth story to a newspaper, newsletter or magazine. Tell why unassisted homebirth was one of the most satisfying moments of your life.

  3. Keep your eyes and ears open for a current childbirth news story and “piggy-back” a letter to the editor about unassisted homebirth.

  4. Volunteer to speak at a mom’s group, church group, La Leche League meeting or other organization about unassisted homebirth or homebirth in general.

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National Unassisted Homebirth Week

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