Preparing for Birth without a Midwife or Doctor

Preparation for planned, or unplanned birth without midwifery or medical professionals.

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When labour happens quickly or you plan to have no midwife or doctor at your birth you will need to know what to do. Take this course if you have had a fast labour before, are planning to give birth without health professionals present, or just want to prepare for every eventuality.

This course is suitable for those who plan to give birth with midwifery or medical professionals present but labour happens too quickly as well as those planning an unassisted or freebirth.

Perhaps your labour will progress rapidly, and despite your midwife being called your baby arrives before the midwife does. Or maybe you've planned to give birth in a Birth Centre of Hospital and you end up giving birth at home or in the car because your labour went so fast. Either way, after taking this course you should feel more confident to cope with the situation until help arrives.

Whatever your plans you will find useful information to help you and your birth partner deal with unexpected outcomes, as well as general birthing information.

Disclaimer This course is written for antenatal education purposes only and is not medical advice. I do not endorse planned birth without a trained health professional although I do support those who plan unassisted birth. The presence of a trained health professional at a birth can sometimes save lives. Discuss your plans and choices with your healthcare provider.


Your Instructor


Joy Horner
Joy Horner

I am a former Independent Midwife, Pregnancy and Birth Coach and Antenatal Educator. I was a midwife for 21 years and a nurse 16 years before that. I have a Diploma in Antenatal Education through the national childbirth trust, and enjoy educating mothers, non-binary or trans people and their partners. I am asked to speak at conferences around the world, sharing my passion for birth with other midwives, and birth workers. I have supported hundreds of families on their journey to joy-full birth and parenthood, and would love to share my knowledge with you.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase because the content has not helped prepare you for birth without a midwife or doctor in attendance, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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