I think that overall, the people at MDC are not judgemental of individual women's choices to have/not have epidurals, but are as many mentioned, upset by the system in place currently. That being said, I have to agree with a PP who mentioned that there are a few who are judgemental, and use natural childbirth to "one up" others who didn't have a natural birth for whatever reason. I think sometimes there is misinformation on both sides. I've read here that there is often a "cascade of interventions"-yeah, sure there often is, but not always. This is not usually presented. I mean, I had two epidural births with fast labors, no episiotimy, forceps, tears, vaccuum, etc. I've read that epidural moms often don't nurse their babies-tell that to my almost 4 year old who's waiting her turn while the 8 month old nurses. I've read (thanks Ina May) that natural birth is "orgasmic"-umm, not for me (before meds) and I know a lot of women, but never heard that particular term before from any of them. I've also read that epidural moms are uninformed- I knew the risks, and made the decision anyway, and I prepared for natural childbirth (I thought I was prepared with the first, and I really studied hard before the second). I even read here on MDC once that epidural babies are born blue and floppy!
I'm not a pro-epidural person by any means. In fact, I greatly regret my birthing experiences, and wish they had happened differently. I think that this may be the case with many mamas here who had an epidural despite their intentions to go natural. It is hard to read about what you're supposed to live up to, and then have someone make a disrespectful or generalized comment about "those women" who have epidurals.