Here is a little collection of my favourite readings on the Internet (if a link does not work, please email me so that I can update it!). Most of them say much that I could have said myself, I mean, I think very similarly of most of what they say. Of course, this means also that they have done much of the work for me: I don't have to write so much!
- The information and foreign contact-website of the Hungarian Association of Midwives www.midwives.hu . The Hungarian Association of Midwives advocates undisturbed birth regardless of its place, and it is the official organization of the Hungarian midwifery movement. Its members are mostly independent or progressively thinking hospital midwives.
- Links to international midwifery, doula and breastfeeding support websites - partly Hungarian, but mostly USA links. Opens from the Alternatal Foundation's central homepage http://www.birth.hu. (the Alternatal Foundation advocates undisturbed birth, specializing in homebirth.)
- Pregnancy Calculator
for due date, gestational age or conception date
- The Gregsons' Unassisted Homebirth Site & Forum
The host of this page is a family with 10 children (so far). 6 children were born at home, without any medical assistence. In Hungary, where the medical society would gladly burn the very idea of homembirth at he stake, this way of childbirth sounds very much like heresy. Though, at second look, it becomes clear that even this can be made with responsibility and love - and success. Charity, the mother of the Gregson children has collected knowledge enough for several midwife's trainings both on her homepage itself and through the links available from there. What's more, there is a forum for correspondence, where you can get quick answers to any individual questions, mostly at least from 4-5 different mothers who "have been there" and share their experiences and knowledge. They are Christians, with a non-intervening, natural attitude to life. They can also serve with many useful pieces of advice concerning herbal and other natural remedies, as well as raising children of different ages. The Forum is full of warm-hearted people willing to help. It's a special pleasure to read their messages. I love this site!
Water is a wonderful element: life on Earth was born here. The fetus grows in this element in the womb for the first 9 months of its life. It feels safe and well there. If we consider only this much, it's enough to make the idea to help the little newcomer come to this world in water, using water as intermedium between the two forms of existence before and after birth, seem good. This way the baby doesn't feel the shock of the sudden change as much, not to mention the fact that most mothers who have birthed in water, sing praises about how relaxed they were during birth in the soothing, warm waves. It is said that the pressure of the water helps prevent tears very effectively and it considerably lessens pain during birth. The baby born in water experiences its arrival more peacefully, since a familiar, homely environment is waiting for him/her. Because of very similar reasons I find babyswimming also very useful, both for water- and dry-land-born babies.
My Unassisted Homebirth - by Casey Makela
The hostess of this homepage is a midwife and mother herself. She has gathered a rich collection of stories written with lots of love and other useful topics. As something unique, I recommend reading her page and her book written about the knowhow of making soaps at home, especially the recipe of mothermilk soap, which can be a revolutionary baby bath for our little ones.