It came to my attention today that my intent in the previous post was not as clear as I had hoped. So, in the spirit of open communication, please understand that my only point was that I am tired of the binding of consciences that I see in the area of preferences. I was not intending to say that babies should be born with the aid of an epidural, only that having an epidural does not always mean some sort of medical complication. I also did not intend to communicate that babies born by c-section are not born in the manner that God intended. Obviously, God intended for certain babies to be born in that manner. And I am thankful for that type of intervention because one of the woman I regard most in this world would be dead had her first born not been birthed via a c-section. And I really like having her here with me in this life. Again, it was just an attempt to clarify that opting for the epidural doesn't mean you're gonna end up with a c-section. That'a all. Wanna have a baby without pain meds? Great! Just don't try to convince me that because I ask for them as soon as I can that it is a black stain on my record of motherhood. Let me be very clear on one more point... if you've had your baby without pain meds, I don't think you're crazy. I don't get it is all. Kind of like I don't get why some people like gardening or why others hate to cook. It is a matter of preference that I can respect without having to personally subscribe to it.
And yes, as if you can't tell already, I get really irritated when mothers begin to assert the "right" way to have a baby, the "right" way to potty train, or the "right" time to take away a paci. Feel free to enlighten me if you think my motives for any decisions regarding the above are wrong, but don't attack the decision. Each to their own, I say!
Sorry for not being more clear before, hope this post helps.