"At age 50, I am writing my first piece of fan mail. I have been a childbirth educator, doula and doula trainer for 20 years, but more importantly, I have loved birth all of my life. I’m sure you’ve encountered women like me in your research – women who, for all kinds of reasons, or no reason at all, simply just love birth, breastfeeding and women’s bodies. And lately, with the c-section rate climbing to nearly 40% in my area hospitals, I’ve needed to defend my views on the normalcy of birth to almost everyone. I thought my knowledge of birthing history was relatively extensive. Until now.
When I first read the New York Times review of your book, I said to myself: “just what the world doesn’t need – more ammunition for the public to use about the horrors of birth.” Never the less, I couldn’t get to the bookstore fast enough. And I certainly couldn’t read your book fast enough. I reread parts of it. What I was most impressed with was your ongoing message that we, in most cases in the past and present, should just leave birth alone. I loved your support of midwives and doulas and women’s ancient wisdom and how men, to put it politely, changed everything. You made it very clear that it was usually interference (and ignorance) that made birth so dangerous (and that is certainly still the case today.) I so appreciate your balanced views.
As a doula trainer, I have already made your book required reading for my workshops and I’ve been quoting you extensively.
You are wrong about one thing, though. Those of us who choose homebirth are not brave – we’re chickens. Hospital birthers are the brave ones for putting themselves on that slippery slope of intervention the minute they walk into the institution. Talk to fellow Bostonian Nancy Wainer about supporting you for a VBAC!
My best wishes to you, not only as a young mother but certainly, as the excellent author that you are."