WHAT?? Ok, a little background. I've always felt that birth is a normal and natural thing. God and Mother Nature designed us perfectly for the task at hand. I attempted a natural Birth Center birth with my first son which ended up in a c-section, my second son was born at home 4 months ago (one of these days I might have time to actually post my birth stories) and it was the most amazing experiance EVER. I whole heartedly advocate natural birth for soooo many reasons. That being said I also believe every woman has the right to choose the birth that will make them most comfortable, therefore I try to educate those I love without preaching and support them in whatever decision they make. I truly believe the best and safest birth will happen where the mom feels the most secure and safe. For some that is a hospital and for some that is at home.
So on to the story...I was talking with one of my very best friends about her 1st pregnancy and upcoming birth. She is currently 32 weeks pregnant and planning an blissful, "pain-free" epidural hospital birth. This always surprised me about her as her mother had all three of her kids naturally and her older sister had 4 natural births, two of them at home where my friend was present. Anyways, she was telling me about watching The Baby Story (which I think should probably be banned for all pregnant women), I jokingly told her to stop watching that and to stop reading horrible blogs about all the things that can go wrong in birth (yikes). I suggested that, even though she is planning a hospital birth that perhaps she watch some natural births on Youtube to get the idea in her head that birth is natural and normal, that things proceed normally without problems (I'm by no means saying things don't go wrong, just that they don't deviate as ofter as shows and blogs like that make women believe). She actually said to me...birth is not natural. WHAT???? I asked her to explain and she said that it is SOOO painful it isn't normal. She said when her OB asked what kind of birth she wanted, her OB was thrilled when she stated an epidural because she see's too many things go wrong with natural births.
When did this happen?? When did women stop believing in their god-given super power of giving birth naturally and NORMALLY!! It's happening even to women who have attended natural home births. Geez 'normal' women don't have a chance of believing in themselves!!!