I'm venting, but I am also open to advice.
Feeling a bit annoyed with a conversation I had with coworkers last night (a pack of NICU nurses talking about their opinions on labor and delivery...yikes!) - while it all opened up with sweet and sincere questions about my due date and names, it quickly changed to the topic of "birth plans". Apparently my coworkers are ok with the idea of me having an doula, but not ok with me planning on having a natural birth in the hospital. Why do people get so bent out of shape when they hear someone wants to deliver a baby drug-free? Isn't the baby still safe? Isn't the person delivering the baby the only one who would be feeling the pain anyway? Doesn't everyone experience pain differently? Am I missing something? I'm starting to feel like people can't WAIT to tell me how my perception of labor and delivery is so wrong. My birth plan is written with flexibility - since this is my first time, maybe I'll change my mind about the pain meds after 12 hours. I'd like to not get an episiotomy, but maybe something will dictate otherwise in delivery. I'm getting tempted to tell people I'm not interested in discussing my pregnancy, but then I sound like a jerk.