Hi ladies. This has been bothering me. I am planning a birthing center delivery with a midwife. It's important to me to pursue an un-medicated, intervention-free labor and delivery. I made the mistake of using the term "natural childbirth" with a friend who kind of defensively told me there was nothing unnatural about her two hospital births with epidurals etc. I didn't mean to offend her, and I don't judge other women's preferences or choices. This board is called "Natural Birth" and it seems to be a term used fairly often still, but I can see how others might not like what it implies.
This friend told me I need to use the term "unmedicated" which is fine, but to me, that word doesn't cover everything I want it to. To me, that just means no epidural, and possibly I could see it also meaning no Pitocin and other drugs. But the kind of birth I'm hoping for is more than just avoiding medications. It's about a lot more... no IV, no monitors, no episiotomies, no induction, etc etc.
Is there a better word to use?