Hi, I am almost 22 weeks pregnant and just received a reminder about my NCT course which is due to start in June. I had a look online at what to expect from the classes and am now pretty worried and stressed about it.
My main concern is that NCT (and the other local classes I have been attending already), books and general 'fashion' these days seems to be to push the message that natural, drug free, non-medicalised birth = good & positive, and hospital, pain relief, c-section and doctors = bad & negative.
I have not seen anything or heard anyone talk about a 'medicalised' birth being positive. Why can't I have an epidural or c-section and that still be a positive experience? Why can I only have a positive experience if I do everything naturally 'like a true earth mother should'?
My friends are all horrified that I want to give birth in hospital and not in the local midwife led birthing centre or at home. The general attitude seems to be that hospitals are awful and lead automatically to horrible experiences.
I started this process being quite open minded but happy to embrace all that the medical profession can do to help me. Now I am just feeling upset and confused.
Just wondering if anyone can share their experiences?