Originally Posted by chiromamma
This type of response to those of us who live our lives well out of the mainstream just bugs me.
Why is that when we share some of our practices that women have done for centuries...homebirth, eating and honoring of the placenta, breastfeeding well beyond the baby years, homeschooling and on and on that we need to oh-so-politely emphasize that it's "our choice and not for everyone"?
Yet people who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with these practices are very free with reactions like the above or out and out judment or accusations of child abuse and endangerment?
Most of these folks don't believe that the choices we make, be it homebirthing, placenta eating, not vaccinating, unschooling,etc are based on lots of our own research and evaluation of facts and tradition.
Actually, I think it's kind of funny. No, I haven't eaten a placenta, but I'm into the homebirthing (even though mine were hosp. - sigh*), nonvax, noncirc, breastfeeding as long as you/lo wants to, etc. I'm still learning - and am fascinated by UC, EC, and such. So I guess I'm not completely over the line, but I still think it's funny that people get so grossed out. Maybe if I had to confront people in person, it wouldn't feel so benign to me. Yeah, you've got a point about the accusations about child abuse and crap. THAT is not funny.