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?

http://theweek.com/article/index/263443/the-cult-…

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
06/23/14
8Theresa Gould
I didn't get the cult thing either.
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    06/23/14
    Just read that article...that show just sounds awful! What if something went wrong? What if there was no choice but to proceed with a C section, but they couldn't because of their stupid show and something happened to the mother or the baby? Who gives a fig about what celebrities say about birth? Yay they did it their way, good for them. There's no shame in using an epidural, a water-birth, or no medication at all. Why would I ever let someone else try to shame me into not using one? Just...who -cares-?
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    06/23/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I know, but celebrities seem seem to have so much clout in our world. It think that is why.
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      8Theresa Gould
      But who is everyone? Surely not the medical staff, right?
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      06/24/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Wow, that's not something I encountered with medical staff. Your hospital or birth center must have been pretty pro-natural.
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      06/29/14
      amanda
      Wow I am surprised. I delivered my son in a catholic hospital and they were supportive of all the decisions I made about having an epidural and not breastfeeding. Although there are a lot of doctors who deliver there who encourage their patients to do things the natural way. I have never encountered this anytime I delivered. That is horrible that they made you feel that way!!
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        06/24/14
        8Theresa Gould
        That does make sense and I can see how the fame thing could be contagious for some. Not for me! Let me be in the background quiet as a mouse and I'll be perfectly content.
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          06/29/14
          4Ronna Jones
          You go girl and tell it like it is! I agree it's everyone's choice or beliefs that they have their baby at home or in a hospital. I on the other hand didn't have a choice in any of mine because of complications in all three and had to have cesarean's. I wanted to go natural but, would have bled to death with Placenta Previa!
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