The list of things moms are shamed over, unfortunately, grows every day. Whether or not you breastfeed or formula feed, bed-share, cloth diaper, return to work or stay home; every parenting choice seems open to judgment and scrutiny. Sadly much of this judgement comes from other moms, and centers around the type of birth a woman experiences and the words she uses to describe it. When faced with people who shame you for calling your birth "natural," you're bound to feel upset. Luckily, there are ways you can respond without adding fuel to the proverbial fire.
I had an epidural near the end of my labor and delivery process. While a slew of interventions were necessary to get my son into the world safely, I still call my birth experience natural. After all, my son's birth lasted over 48 hours, with the interventions only coming in the last few years. Believe me when I say, I felt everything.
If you gave birth to a human child, no matter the interventions needed, medication used, positions chosen or the location it happened in, then the birth should be considered "natural." Still, women who have unmedicated births are shamed for using the term natural (as it could be seen as divisive and, sadly, usually is) and women who gave birth with medications or other interventions are shamed for using the term natural, as some people tend to disagree. In other words, you just can't win. You can, however, answer back with these responses when anyone shames you for how you choose to describe your birth experience. After all, you were the one who went through it: