The good news, from a feminist perspective, is that the changing nature of natural birth shifts our focus away from dichotomous thinking and towards women’s agency and meaning-making. Birthing women and scholars alike are more apt to see medical technology in terms of what women think and do about it, rather than what is simply done to them. Making informed choices about sexuality and reproduction—from conception to method of birth—is a marker of modern personhood. In this way, natural birth—although most often associated with tradition—is a very modern idea and experience. But natural birth as a matter of choice is a western cultural form and it must be acknowledged that for women and caregivers without easy access to medical technology, the idea of natural birth means something quite different. The sobering fact is that women and babies still die by the thousands in childbirth every day in impoverished countries for want of basic medical resources and personnel.
“The Cultural Evolution of Natural Birth” by Margaret E. MacDonald (via sociolab
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