A fine natural childbirth whine: don’t listen to Dr. Amy!

Lying Down

If you can, head over to Medscape to read the comments on an interview with me, OB/Gyn Wants Women to Stop Feeling Guilty About Birthing Process. How evil of me! Natural childbirth advocates are appalled and fall back on a rather nonsensical whine, the same whine I see whenever I appear in a major media publication:

“How dare you take Dr. Tuteur seriously:

1.Just because she is a Harvard educated, Harvard trained obstetrician-gynecologist?

2. Just because she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times, TIME.com, etc.?

3. Just because she has been invited to speak by a variety of physician organizations including ACOG itself?

4. Just because HarperCollins published her book, PUSH BACK: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting that highlights the fact that natural childbirth is a business and is a deeply sexist, retrograde philosophy.

You shouldn’t let her express her views; the natural childbirth industry despises her because we can’t rebut her factual claims so we are reduced to flinging ad hominems!”

You’d think after 10 years of ineffectual whining, natural childbirth advocates would give it up and try a different tactic, but apparently they can’t think of a different tactic.