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1. Get Proper Nutrition


You must form a collaborative partnership with those folks who provide your family with essential life giving foods.


6 months prior to conception both parents should boost their intake of traditional foods.  This is great for dads, but a MUST for moms.  Do the best you can to stay within these recommendations.

*For many parents this may be the first time you seek out raw dairy or other farm foods.  I cannot stress enough that you should take every step necessary to find these items near you.  You can start by asking around at your local farmer's market, and checking out this Real Milk Finder website.

Pregnancy Diet

2. Plan A Natural Birth

Step 1 - Find a Midwife

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The most important expense you may ever have.

Interview Several Midwives

Midwives are generally part of online searchable databases.  A few great examples to get you started are:

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You can start with an email or phone call, but be sure to interview in person to make sure they're a good fit. 

Premium birthing services will offer all-in-one style care including: a birthing center, home birthing, doulas, and prenatal care.  Smaller services, or individual midwives are also an option, but will take more work to piece together all the needed services.


* Most midwives cost between $2,000 and $5,000 dollars.  Some insurance policies may cover this, but either way this is not an expense to skimp on.  Your baby's life may depend on it.

Step 2 - Decide where to have the baby

Home Birthing

Home birthing is the obvious first choice for natural births.  Perhaps the best reason to give birth at home is that you are in the comfort of your own space, and you can customize the environment any way you like.  Soft music, candles, darkened rooms, etc. are all great additions to the birthing environment.

Additionally it has been shown that the stress of leaving home and driving somewhere can trigger labor to stop, delaying the birth unnecessarily and causing stress to mom and baby.

Birthing Center

The next best option for natural birthing is a birthing center.  The best of these will create an environment similar to the home, but will have added measures of safety and comfort.  Basically these are a middle ground between home and hospital, and are a good option for those that are too nervous to have a baby at home.


The last natural birthing option is at the hospital.  This may be a good option if there are any pre-existing risk factors like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or advanced maternal age (over age 42).  If a trip to the hospital is necessary, it is extremely important to be familiar with the local hospital and its rules regarding midwife and natural birthing practices.

Step 3 - Take a Natural Birthing Class

The Bradley Method Birth Class

I recommend the Bradley Method birthing class because my wife and I used it with great success for our first birth, and it is the most comprehensive and time-honored natural birthing class available.  There are classes all over the country.

Find a class HERE

The class lasts 12 weeks, 1-1/2 - 2 hours per class.  Mom and dad are both involved.  Great for first time parents - may not need to take the full class for subsequent babies.

3. Be Prepared

1. You never need to "Push" during labor - this will happen all on its own.

If the medical practitioner tells you to "push," don't do it!! There is simply no medically viable reason to force your baby out or even attempt to do so. When a baby is ready, the contracting and "pushing" will happen whether you want it to or not. This cannot be stopped.

What's more, there is a long list of potentially devastating injuries that can happen as a result of pushing when you or your baby are not ready. Examples include:

  • Severe nerve damage.

  • Spinal damage.

  • Severe tearing of the perineum.

  • Varying degrees of head trauma to the baby.


2. Ultrasounds and doppler heart rate monitors can potentially cause catastrophic damage to baby.

In the absence of some particular medical reason to use either of these devices on the developing fetus, it is highly recommended to avoid them both at all costs. I encourage you to do your own research, but being aware of the problem is the first step.

3. IV Antibiotics do not lower the risk of Group B Strep infections in baby.

Group B Strep is a common bacteria found in the birth canal of expectant mothers. According to medical literature, about 1 in 4444 babies may be negatively affected by this bacteria. The recommended treatment for testing GBS positive is IV antibiotics during labor and delivery. However, honest studies have shown that IV antibiotics likely have no effect on the outcome.

4. Antibiotics could have long-term damaging effects on baby.


The most excellent resource the baby is born with is its natural gut health. If antibiotics are introduced at birth, the gut bacteria are essentially wiped clean, leaving the baby defenseless in a way that nature never intended. The list of potential dangers is long and includes a higher risk of developing allergies, ADHD, and other mental or physical deficiencies.

5. A saline IV drip during labor could delay or stop the birthing process.

Saline water solution dilutes the body's natural cocktail of chemical responses to labor, which may slow down or stop the labor process altogether. This is a case of needing to let the body do its thing naturally, and minimizing medical intervention unless absolutely necessary.

6. Delayed cord clamping is essential to the baby's health.

Most medical practitioners have already come around to realizing it can hurt a baby to cut the umbilical cord before it stops pulsating. Still, parents need to be aware of this. This is not negotiable and should always be respected by doctors in the absence of a medical emergency. This is a great item to address in the birth plan so that it is written. Mom and Dad may be exhausted when the baby comes, so the more items in writing, the better.

Quick Tips and Things to Know That A Doctor May Not Tell You...

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