I want to define a term I use a lot when talking about birth for you.
My Way or the Highway Birth Nazi
A My Way or the Highway Birth Nazi is a woman (sometimes a man, but most often a woman) who wants you to have your baby exactly how she had her baby, and she’s going to do and say every mean and intimidating thing she can think of to convince you that her choices are the right choice for you and everyone else in the world. She will not accept that different women have different needs, and she is going to pass judgement on you for making a choice that is different from the one she makes. She feels that there are no exceptions to what she thinks is the best possible birth experience, and she will react as though she has been threatened if she is confronted by your different choice.
These women are almost always either a woman who advocates getting as many interventions as you can, or a woman who advocates getting absolutely no interventions at all.
I am not a big fan of either. While I had a natural birth, and I can and will talk all day about how awesome it is to have a natural birth, I recognize that it is not the right choice for every woman, and I know that it is not even possible for every woman. I hate hearing woman pass judgement on women who had pain medication during labor just as much as I hate hearing women call me crazy for choosing to go natural. Women who push their birth choices on others, whether they are pushing natural birth or medicated birth, are all the same to me. They are Birth Nazis. Blech.
That being said, when I say (and I will) that natural birth is the best, or the super-est, or what ever, please remember that I say it in the same way that I say Sam was the best hobbit, the Rockies are the best baseball team (even though they don’t actually win very often), or Colorado is the best state.
Actually, I might be serious with that Colorado thing.