One thing that really bothers me about the discussion in all these parenting topics is the language.
It's not natural, hippie. AP, uncut, unvaccinated, new science, a trend or a fad, etc. It's NORMAL. It's normal to birth without drugs. It's normal to nurse your child. It's normal to leave all body parts ON the body of a newborn. It's normal to leave the immune system intact. Normal normal normal.
I understand that sometimes I have to take on a label to share information with others, but I don't choose to live a certain way because I think it's ideally natural, or because a parenting guru wrote a book about it, or because people have done it for thousands of years, or because I'm taking advantage of our first world benefits of clean water and medicine and "going without." My choices are based on what is normal for the human body and mind and what respects the dignity of my body and the bodies of my children.
For example, I'm not jumping on a bandwagon of buying organics because it's hip to be green. I'm trying to make sure my child's body is normal as opposed to filled with synthetic vitamins, byproducts, chemicals and heavy metals.
If you really take a moment to look at these issues with a plain, neutral eye, you come to see the abnormality, heck, the absurdity of them. What other time or situation would ANYONE consider it normal to amputate a healthy, working body part on a newborn? What kind of standard is that, to cut every single boy?
What in the world compels people to inject genetically modified viruses and bacteria, along with animal DNA, aborted human DNA and heavy metals into developing infants and children. What part of ANY of that even makes sense to people? Explain the vaccine version of herd immunity to yourself. Say it out loud.
Why, outside of necessity, would someone choose to feed their infant dead, processed, broken down casein proteins from a cow mixed with synthetic vitamins, oils, fake sugars and other contaminants and sub-par ingredients?
Why, outside of necessity, would someone choose impairing drugs injected into their spine while birthing? Why would someone want their child unnecessarily exposed to these drugs and interventions right at birth?
What other mammal on earth bypasses her own species-specific milk to give her infant a powdered food substitute? Why would someone think that anonymous, caged, drugged cows provide good, basic food for human babies? That is what is implied when someone utters, "Breast is best." In other words: formula is standard.
This isn't about judging or being negative. Don't get your defenses up on this. Stop and think. I want people to take the sunglasses off and see these routine interventions for what they are: abnormal. Subnormal. Outside the realm of normal. They don't assist the body. They don't improve the body. They impair, they contaminate, they damage and they can kill.
In the rare exceptions when people need to take drastic actions, emergency medical services can save lives. For everyone else, these life-saving creations become harmful, routine interventions. Mothers deserve to know this. They deserve to re-align their worldview. They deserve to have their bodies and the bodies of their children respected (and this includes emergency situations).