A detour to one of my hobbyhorses: natural childbirth
Okay, I don’t generally go all birth activist on my green blog here…but those of you who know me also know that this is something I’m fairly passionate about.
The Unnecesarean cross-posted a very interesting article about natural childbirth, feminism, and the difficulty we have as a culture even having the conversations about women and their choices and options and ways of approaching the birth of their children…it’s not a perfect article, and I could probably argue with her on a couple of points and/or wish she could be a little more objective, but in general I think she says a lot of things that are worth saying. (And besides…a lot of feminist women have a lot of things to be angry about on a lot of levels, so more power to her on that.) Have a look:
“…The day that a woman choosing natural childbirth receives the same amount of physical, social, and personal support as a woman going the medicalized route is the day when we can start talking about free choices. The day when women are really given the whole truth about the risks involved with various medical interventions and aren’t bullied and hurried and eye-rolled into conforming to whatever the medical professionals they’re working with want for their birth experience is the day when we can start talking about free choices. And the day when real support and encouragement and birth assistance is available to women of all socioeconomic backgrounds is the day when we can start talking about free choices…”
It’s a conversation worth having. I offer this post for anyone who wonders, for anyone who is interested enough to pursue the threads and the comments, to read up on some of the birth blogs , statistics, news reports, and what women are saying about birth and birthing…there are no easy answers, of course, nor should we hope for any solutions that work for every single woman across the board. But Rachel is right–we need to not let mommyguilt or feminist anger of whatever kind, no matter how justified, prevent us from having the conversations.