"Cole,Alrighty... first off, I'm not a nut, although sometimes I feel like one, sometimes I don't! Second, I never 'push'.. Unless pushing means giving options (both medical and not), information (both both risks and benefits), and sharing positive birth stories.
OK, everyone knows that you are a natural childbirth nut. But why does that mean that the rest of us should feel bad for choosing what we have chosen? Don't you think it is a little judgmental to push your way of birth on me and others who choose whatever route of birth they want.. even if it doesn't line up with your view of how it should be done?"**
Another aside, I am an advocate for natural birth, and there is a good reason why. It's not just about the experience, it's so much more.
The video below is a very small excerpt from Ricki Lake's Business of Being Born.
This particular excerpt deals with the cascade of interventions that occur in the majority of American hospital births. What is the Cascade of Interventions? It is the idea that one intervention leads to other interventions, which lead to other interventions...
An intervention is anything that intervenes, intercepts, or interferes with a process or thing... an IV, a vaginal exam, Fetal Monitors, etc...
There is a great article by Childbirth Connection that talks about the best ways to avoid unnecessary interventions that I believe every woman should read and take to heart.
Interventions introduce possible risk, and increased chance of risk is something that all women should be interested in avoiding if at all possible during childbirth, as with all areas of their lives.
I support educated choices in childbearing, regardless if they are what I would do, as long as the risks and benefits are weighed carefully and completely. I have supported, proudly, beautifully empowering epidural births... but this is not the norm!
Some additional reads:
The Profit of Pain Relief
Benefits of NCB and Public Opinion
My intent is not to make you feel any way except thoughtful. I am not trying to grieve you, begrudge you, or anger you over your decision - I simply want you to know the risks and benefits so that you have no regrets, and no secondary anger, over your choices.
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