Though there is good reason for the ‘natural childbirth’ camp to lament to dominance of technology & excessive intervention in the world of birth it is equally important to recognise than in some areas, birth has dramatically improved. Choice, whilst arguably still limited for some women, is available for many of those who seek it out. Being strapped to a bed with feet in stirrups, expected to labour alone and then being separated from your baby was commonplace some 70 years ago as this still delightful video shows. Note the woman’s comments regarding her instinctive desires- and then tell me that a woman doesn’t know best?!