12. Natural Childbirth is for the Birds

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Jen Baker PhD Assistant Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch12

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Baker, J. (2010) Natural Childbirth is for the Birds, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. College of Charleston, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • natural childbirth - being for the birds;
  • childbirth, biological processes in life - people accepting or even embracing pain;
  • natural childbirth, interventions impacting on mechanics of birth;
  • sexist convictions, leading women and men to think - that pain is a natural part of process;
  • natural childbirth, a good process because it's “natural”;
  • third sense of “natural” - natural action, according to evolutionary history;
  • “natural,” conviction - as a result of intentional human activity being not natural;
  • pain preferred - those who underwent natural childbirth, feeling superior to those who opted for painkillers;
  • humble mamas - pain, humility at a great and humbling moment of human life;
  • virtue ethics approach - choices a mother makes along the way


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Maybe It's Simple Sexism

  • Do Not Go Gentle

  • Universal Praise for the Natural? What About Natural Disasters?

  • Focus on the Pain

  • Recommending Pain

  • Humble Mamas

  • Praise Mama

  • Notes