Autonomous Birth – the Power, Privacy and Pleasure of Birthing Intimately


Each one of us has certain beliefs about birthing and what you believe affects how your view your role at a birth and how much you manage a birthing woman. Women who plan to birth unassisted go against our cultural norms. Why?

Shirley Erwee is a homeschooling mother of 6 children. She is also a certified doula and teaches ante-natal classes in Hermanus. Shirley is passionate about helping women to be informed, empowered and equipped for giving birth, as well as for nurturing, parenting and educating their babies after birth. She believes that motherhood is a life-changing, life-shaping calling that requires good choices to facilitate good outcomes! Shirley birthed 5 of her children at home, assisted only by her husband.

Here she shares her journey to birthing ‘unassisted’ at the 2014 Cape Town Midwifery and Birth Conference: