As anyone who has been to a certain kind of pre-natal “support group” knows, for a woman to say – admit, even – that she will avail herself of all the pain relief and opt for a c-section is tantamount to admitting you plan to give your kids heroin to keep them quiet during EastEnders. The attitude in these groups is truly something to behold, with women being berated for opting for a birth plan that involves anything more sophisticated than giving birth in a woodland attended to only by twinkly-eyed foxes.
And entire column about natural childbirth and intervention and how women get shouted at to go for one, not the other. And the right answer too. Bugger off, up to the about to be mother.
There is one bit missing though. Apart from the occasional self-promoter with a book to sell it’s almost never men who are doing any of the insisting on the natural stuff. Rather the other way around in fact. Most about to be fathers will do absolutely anything their pregnant partners desire. It’s the screaming harpies in the midwife and feminist movements who are insisting on the as much paid as possible is good for you and the baby routines.
Which leads me to a law that will come in when I’m dictator. No one may become a midwife until they’ve had two children, one with drugs and one without.