I will not justify the above idiotic quote with any more media attention for the moronic health care provider who stated it (or something similar), but I do have a few responses. Feel free to use them if somebody dares insinuate that you desire natural births for your children because of something as silly as social approval or attention from others.
~No, but my baby got one, because he was born without being pumped full of drugs.
~Believe it or not, I actually chose a natural birth because it is healthier for mom and baby, not for a sticker that I wanted. I did not have the birth of my child confused with a first grade spelling test.
~Do you get gold stars for your heavily medicated, date chosen induction, fear based, birth decisions? I didn't think so.
~I don't vaccinate either, do you think I am doing that because I want my body to look like Jenny McCarthy's?
~I will not respond to that with violence or hatred, because despite how ignorant and dismissive it sounds, I am trying to raise my "gold star baby" to be loving and turn the other cheek.
~No, I received no gold stars, but I did have a fabulous, empowering, climactic birth experience and a happy alert baby, unlike so many women out there who choose to listen to care providers who tell them that their bodies don't work right.
~I didn't give birth naturally for a gold star, I was actually hoping Riki Lake would be my friend...
~I chose natural birth because it is so obviously the way birth is meant to be.
~Actually, I just believe in a woman's incredible ability to grow, birth, and feed her babies without the help of man, machines, or sharp objects.
~Why do you find it offensive that I had a natural birth?
~I chose natural birth because I was more afraid of the horror stories I heard about MEDICATED birth than I was about the supposed PAIN of natural birth.
~I teach natural childbirth classes. I think you would be a great candidate for them....Call me next time you are pregnant. You too can have a gold star!