it seems there are many shades of grey to this "natural" thing, except in the minds of each mom who uses the term!
i'm not one to get hung up on words like "natural" and "organic." my husband, the biology major, nitpicks that "organic" is anything not containing metal, including arsenic *lol*
i've always thought a natural birth is drug-free, where you have to use your own resources. i had been feeling depressed about needing to birth at a hospital, even if it's vaginal and pain med free, is it a natural birth? until i made my peace with it and just tell myself i can still have a drug-free birth (i have no idea how i'll feel about it after birth, though!). i've never done drugs before, i won't use birth as an excuse.
but, does getting insulin for diabetes mean it's not drug free? (i'll be declining the IV and shooting my own insulin with my husband's help.) and at some point far into a labor that isn't progressing, would AROM mean it's not a natural birth, even if i choose it based on avoiding pitocin and cesarean? *shrug* i figure my goal is drug-free, and i'm educated about my choices, so a vaginal birth without pain meds is natural for me.