I've been having a mini crisis of identity with this blog. I am so tired of "debating" birth choices endlessly and wonder whether all of the energy I (and many readers/commenters/bloggers) spend makes any difference. We're either preaching to the choir--fun but not really necessary or life-changing--or debating people who most likely won't change their minds anyway. On top of that, I'm feeling discouraged about the state of maternity care in North America and at the few real changes birth advocates have made in the past several decades. Floral wallpaper, tacky artwork, a table lamp, and a polyester comforter covering a hospital bed just doesn't cut it.
But it's almost like home! We'll hook you up to your Pit drip, your epidural, your catheter, your fetal monitor, and your automatic blood pressure cuff and you can watch TV, just like at home! Two-thirds of you will come away with a surgical scar in your belly or in your vagina. But you'll feel comforted by the "home-like environment" while you heal from your wounds!