AlabamaWorley said: DianaL92 said:Yes, never knew so many women are offended by the term 'natural birth'It is what it is by definition.
That's called ignorance, feel free to educate yourself.Just because it is a definition medically, doesn't mean it's not offensive when put into the context that many people use it in. Like previously stated, the opposite of natural is artificial or unnatural, and in the event you need medical intervention to save your baby's life, you'll feel like garbage when someone throws their "natural" birth in your face.
DianaL92 said:Yes, never knew so many women are offended by the term 'natural birth'It is what it is by definition.
Yes, never knew so many women are offended by the term 'natural birth'It is what it is by definition.
I would like to point out that women choosing pain medication and/or labor augmentation (pitocin etc) are not some kind of persecuted minority. In either of the two hospitals I could deliver in over 90% of women go down that route. Women wanting natural childbirth are the ones who have to fight for their rights, and fight hard, to be ‘allowed’ to do things naturally. Setting up more roadblocks, taking away more of our language, is harmful to us, and it limits everyone’s choices.
Telling women that getting pitocin and an epidural is exactly the same as not getting these things is ludicrous. All interventions have positives and negatives (please notice I said positives) and by acting like they don’t many women don’t know to ask or read about these things.
Every thread I read where someone asks about options or experiences with natural childbirth, she is answered with hateful and patronizing comments about using the word natural, as are many of the people who respond with positive stories about their own natural childbirth. We are not allowed to use the word empowered for our birth experiences, not allowed to discuss known medical complications of interventions (even if we also bring up the positives of the interventions) and not allowed to be proud of the choices we made, all because they are different from what the majority is doing.
To act like these things don’t have an impact on childbirth choices is simply untrue. In the USA the rate of medicated deliveries nears 90%, c-section rate is well over 30% (it is 50% at my nearest hospital) and the regulations about what is allowed keep getting stricter. I want no say in how you have your baby, my only wish is that you have all the information and options that you want. I wish you all felt the same about mine.
All childbirth is beautiful and wonderful and all babies born healthy are a miracle, and all the ones who need help are even more so. I don’t think anyone reading anything I have ever written could doubt for a second that I think that. Good luck to all in whatever choices you make, wishing you the healthiest and happiest deliveries and babies!