I understand this has been the norm, at least for our moms and grandmoms. So for about a century, birth has been the hospital's expertise.
A few brave souls haven't nodded numbly to the one-size-fits-all system. But now more than a few of us find empowering information at our fingertips.
A Google search connects me to a dozen resources to consider - not just one hurried obstetrician's answer.
For my first, I instinctively took full responsibility for my pregnancy. I wanted to know what I was doing and why. During initial check-ups with a hospital practice, some were courteous and some were rude.
Thanks to the internet and supportive friends, I learned enough to decline a litany of undesired ultrasounds and tests and to eventually seek out a birth center. There, a natural view of birth fully opened to me.
And I've been studying a natural perspective ever since. What about you? What resources have been helpful?
Want more info? Try Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper R. N. or http://mamabirth.blogspot.com/ which includes various birth stories.