Article: Cult of Natural Childbirth Has Gone Too Far
As a supporter of natural childbirth, I don't like the tone of this author's article. I also don't think I'd be participating in a TV reality show should I choose to have another unassisted birth (it was by accident not planned, my midwife missed being there by five minutes!). I don't think natural childbirth is a cult, it is a decision made by the parents. Unassisted birth is also a decision made by the parents and usually they are very well educated and comfortable with their choice. Just as informed as those giving birth in a hospital with an epidural. Yet we don't call them the "Cult of Medical Birth" do we? No one makes anyone feel anything. We choose our feelings. I don't feel bad about my home births because others have chosen hospital epidurals, why should they feel guilty that when they learn I didn't have an epidural? This is another area where the mommy wars need to stop. It isn't a competition. It's a choice.
Can you tell my feathers are ruffled? What do you think?