I think every woman has the right to make her own health choices and I respect that right. However, I think there is a lot of natural childbirth activism masquerading as reliable scientific information out there on the net.
I have run into people who have researched and read and who have believed things as diverse as that as long at the baby is attached to the placenta it cannot suffocate (missing that little detail that amongst other things the placenta still needs to be attached to the mother), think that placenta previa can be handled at home, etc., etc. These women are being sold a bill of goods just as much as all those people who were told before the crash that sure, you can afford a $500,000 house with no downpayment.
It is because I am a feminist that I am so concerned about this issue. In fact, I find some aspects of the natural childbirth movement to be concerning from a feminist perspective (that one must give birth vaginally to be a "real" woman, that voluntary suffering of pain in childbirth has a particular moral worth or is a test of womanliness, etc.)
I consider myself a feminist. I have a problem with women being stonewalled or prevented from legitimate life choices, (here - choice of hcp/setting for birth).
There is a lot of bad info about everything on the internet, I hope most people can discern that for themselves or re-evaluate as they learn more. I really feel that the notion that women can/should not be able to discern knowledge/information for themselves is infantalizing.
I find mainstream childbirth to be very concerning from a feminist perspective. I guess we probably both have valid views in some respects.
Edited by slmommy - 3/26/12 at 8:35am