Telling mothers what to do

by Rumbold
26th April, 2009 at 12:04 pm    

There’s a good article by Cath Elliot today in which she attacks those who try and tell mothers where they should give birth:

“Thinking of having a home birth? Don’t be so backward and selfish. How about an elective caesarean? What’s the matter with you, too posh to push? And don’t even get me started on the breast versus bottle-feeding debate. It seems that no matter what parents do, or what decisions they make, there’s always some sanctimonious do-gooder somewhere ready to tell them how and why they’ve got it all wrong.”

Providing there aren’t any health risks, I don’t see the problem with home birth. This is just another example of the hectoring attitude that many people take to legal activities which they frown upon.

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  1. Curly — on 27th April, 2009 at 10:12 am  

    There were millions of us born at home once upon a time, including me. Doctors and midwives provided excellent personal service and a trip to hospital was there as insurance.

    Surely it could be managed nicely if that’s what women prefer to do? They do have a choice still – yes?

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