Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

There is no way for natural child birth advocates to accept criticism. There are two main ways that NCB advocates dodge criticism, and it is by formulating lazy ad hominems based on the critic’s history with NCB.

When a critic was hurt by NCB

Wow, I read your story and I am *so sorry* that you had such a *terrible, horrible* experience. I hope some day you can heal from what happened and move on with your life. I sense that your anger and trauma has made you lash out against midwives and home birth, but that isn’t fair to those of us who experienced them as a sacred, positive experience. I am praying for you to find peace.

When a critic was NOT hurt by NCB

I don’t know why you are so angry, these women and their choices have literally NOTHING to do with you and I wonder what kind of mental health problems you must have to obsess about what other people choose to do during their births. I could listen to you if you had actually attended home births or had one yourself, but you just really don’t know what you are talking about!

There is no way to win. Its the mark of a group of people who are uninterested in actually learning anything, only reinforcing what they already believe.

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