I was perusing blogs as I do on occasion. And I happened upon a comment in one of them. I don’t remember it exactly, but it referred to having a “normal” birth. Who decides what is normal? I’m guessing this person meant a vaginal birth without drugs or induction. But really, who decides what’s normal? I was kind of offended. So, women who opt for pain management during labor aren’t normal? I’ve got news for you guys……just because you choose not to have medication in labor does NOT mean you get a better baby. Nor do you get any award (except for said baby). I mean, if you come to me as my patient and don’t want drugs, that’s fine. I won’t force them on you. I’m even open to intermittent monitoring, being up and around in labor, and *gasp*, I even think that women should be able to eat in labor.
And what about c-setions? Those I suppose are the ultimate of “not normal”. Or what about the woman who labors naturally but has a 1 hour labor. That’s not normal. Nor is someone who labors for 48 hours. So you see, “normal” is a judgment. And I just think we shouldn’t be judging each other for our birth choices. Instead, we should support each other in our differences. Because after all, that’s what makes us human.