There’s an interesting conversation going on on a message board affiliated with my midwives. One woman started a thread wondering if someone should start some sort of group meant to talk younger pregnant women out of scheduled c-sections. It seems like the original poster is talking down to 30 somethings (she’s said she finds younger women "lacking"), but most people are keeping it reasonable. Thankfully.
For me, the key is information. Giving birth in a hospital with an OB/GYN is what is normal for most people. It’s just how things are done. Are women aware that they have other options? For the most part, I really don’t think so. I’m not one to go around talking a lot about my choices and what sort of birth we’re having. But when my friends who know we’re using a midwife ask me questions about why and what is different, I tell them.
I really think that it’s just got to be easier for women to find and use a midwife and they have to be accessible to everyone, not just people with great insurance, or money to go around insurance if it doesn’t cover a midwife/birth center/home birth. It has to become a more mainstream, normal, and popular choice.