But I also like hospital births, medical intervention, pain meds, vaccines, circumcision, etc. so I'm sure you all think I'm cuckoo!
I don't think everyone here is on the same page about all of these different things, so don't worry about being thought of as cuckoo! I'm open to either hospital or home birth, depending on the circumstances. To me, low intervention seems better than high intervention, and scheduled c-section DOES seem pretty nuts to me, but hey, to each their own. What I think is more of a problem than someone wanting to schedule their own c-section is when the medical establishment does everything to hurry labor along (pitocin, etc) for their own convenience (so they can go home at 4, or whatever), leading to a cascade of interventions that end in unnecessary c-sections. From my perspective vaccines are ABSOLUTELY important and that people who don't vaccinate their children are doing a huge disservice not only to their children (which would be their own prerogative) but to the population -- especially to children (and adults) with compromised immune systems who cannot be vaccinated but depend on herd immunity for protection. The so-called data on the dangers of vaccines (particularly link to autism) have been debunked - but there is a lot of data showing the huge benefits of vaccines on the population level. I would really like to feel that my child is protected from diseases like TB, measles, rubella, polio, etc, that were almost eradicated in many countries but are now resurging because of the growing percentage of people who are not vaccinating their kids. I wouldn't circumcise my child because the data in favor is really not persuasive enough (and my family is Jewish, so this will definitely be something of an issue if I have a boy).
So anyhow, just putting it out there that there are a lot of different standpoints here.