So, the other morning I woke up worrying about all the first time moms who are not reading up on childbirth or thinking they need to be educated about it. It isn't their fault, no one tells us! So, I am going to get on my soapbox here as a BTDT mom and tell you! I realized that I am not so much a natural birth advocate as an EDUCATED birth advocate. I'm choosing a natural birth with a midwife not because I want to be superwoman or because I have some kind of strange love of pain, but because after all of my research I have decided it is the healthiest and safest option for me and my baby. Other people may do their own research and come to different conclusions, but I REALLY believe that women need to be educated about their own births and not just trust that the doctors know everything. And also, we have to go through this, it happens to our bodies, and it is not like an illness where you just go to the hospital, the doctors know what to do, and they "fix" it without any help from you. Birth is a process, and I think it is a sacred one, and the experience of the mother and baby during birth is important, whether the majority of doctors think that or not. It is up to us as women to be in charge of OUR birth experiences. Whatever kind of birth you choose, YOU deliver the baby, not the doctor, and it is up to you to prepare yourself for it. It can be one of the most amazing and best experiences of your life, but if you go into it unprepared, it can be shocking and scary too. So, this article has been going around, and I think it is really good and says everything better than I can say it. Worth checking out. I'm sorry to be lecture-y, I just want you all to have really wonderful birth experiences!