Here is a link to a website I’ve recently found about: Birth Love, the Revolutionary Passage of Motherhood. I haven’t explored it too much, but it looks like it’s got a lot of great articles and birth stories in it. If you’re looking for a nice, middle-of-the-road, balanced perspective… this isn’t it. It is profoundly and unashamedly pro-natural birth (regardless of how you define it): vaginal, VBAC, homebirth, midwife-attended, drug-free, medication-free, unassisted birth. So, if you’re looking for stories about elective C-sections, or support for an elective induction, you won’t find it here. However, if you’re looking for stories to balance out all those awful medicated-birth stories you’ve already read, this is a good site for it. There are numerous pages with all sorts of information on things like dangers of induction (including one devoted just to Cytotec), and birth stories told from the father’s perspective. Stuff you probably won’t be able to find easily elsewhere. It is, admittedly, a small but fervent segment of society. As Rush Limbaugh says about his conservative commentary, juxtaposed against the mainstream/liberal media: “I don’t need ‘equal time’ — I am equal time!” Whether you agree with his politics or his belief that most of the news organizations are too liberal, I think you can understand the sentiment. The same thing applies here. There is no balancing of opinion on this website (although they do agree with “women’s choice in childbearing”, so I suppose would agree to the right of a woman to choose an unnecessary C-section), because there is enough of that out there — tons of websites where both sides are presented as equal choices, or where the pro-medication or pro-hospital-birth side is given. This is, more or less, “equal time” given to the other side.
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