THIS. This is one of the most powerful and thought-provoking essays I have ever read about birth. Bonus - it was written by a woman I have great respect and admiration for, who works in my local birthing community, Lesley Everest. The essay describes how us, the collective (North American) us, have come to exist in a culture so fearful of birth. Please take the time to read it here, and let me know what you think.