About this time 37 years ago my mom was in labor with me. It was a Friday, and I was 10 days "late." Nobody had talked to her about induction, or how big I was going to be, or how dangerous it was to be pregnant for so long. Awesome, right? She was also required to have an epidural, be shaved, and have an episiotomy. Not so awesome.
I think it's interesting to contrast my own birth experiences with my mom's. So many things are better today, but many things are worse as well. Even as we have demanded- and to a certain extent received- the right to make our own decisions in the delivery room, we have stopped viewing pregnancy and birth as a normal and natural part of a woman's life.
Hopefully when my daughter is having her children, she'll get the best of both worlds.