For some reason, Yahoo has decided that I am an utter moron who requires pseudo-news stories stabbed into my eyeballs every time I log on to check my email. The “utter moron” part determined by the stupid shit it thinks I would consider “news”.
I don’t care what celebrity so-and-so named their baby. I don’t want to know what men think the sexiest part of my face is. I’m not concerned about surviving the zombie apocalypse.
HOWEVER, that said, I did care when I saw this stupid article regarding celebrity birth choices. For some reason, the fact that they pointed out “alternative” birth choices, meaning “natural” birth, and painted them as “weird” really ticks me off.
I chose natural birth. My first was an all-natural water birth at a free standing birthing center assisted by a midwife and nurse. My second was a home birth, again in the water, assisted again by a midwife and a nurse. Both times, I succumbed to the exhilarating, incredible experience of birthing without intervention in the similar manner centuries of women have done before me. My choice was not one that every woman wants to make. Cool. Whatever.
But you know what I think is weird? The fact that “natural” birth is regarded as extreme and weird while being stuck in a stupid hospital gown in a sterile room with a needle in your vein and monitors stuck everywhere while nurses yell at you to PUSHPUSHPUSHPUSHPUSH and a doctor gets paid thousands to catch a baby emerging from your loins is considered “normal”.
Or, worse yet, the exploding number of “emergency” c-sections – all with their own sob story of why it was necessary even though almost all are a sad result of the man-made interventions, which cause mom and baby distress and severely impede a woman’s body from doing what it was MADE TO DO – well, those are considered “normal” as well. A major surgery. Yeah, normal.
There is nothing freaking “normal” about birthing in the modern sense of the word. While I really couldn’t care less how other people chose to do it, it irks me that my choice is the weird one and set on display for ridicule. How stupid our society as become.