At a time when every spare moment has been put to preparing submissions and impact statements in an effort to prevent disastrous legislation from being enacted federally, I have noticed a couple of media comments on the statement by Dr Dennis Walsh, a MAN, and a midwife academic, who says that “labour agony is a ‘rite of passage’ and pain relieving epidurals weaken the mother’s bond with babies”.
[I have met Denis. He comes from my home town, Brisbane, not that that makes him right. I really don't get the man midwife thing, but a few men have made midwifery their calling, and a few of them seem to be OK.]
A very useful commentary can be found at a feminist philosophers link, posted by SA midwife Lisa Barrett.
ps - there are some in every walk of life who are perfectionists, and when reading a statement by midwives about protecting and promoting the physiological, normal processes in birth, and avoiding the surgical and medical alternatives, become defensive because they know someone (or they themselves) did not achieve what they perceive to be the ultimate, perfect birth. Please remember, noone gets it right all the time. Most of us are good enough most of the time. Ponder this, and apply it to decisions in bearing a child, bringing a precious new life into this world.