"The doctor had to cut me. I wasn't big enough."
"I didn't have enough milk."
"I couldn't push the baby out."
"I have inverted nipples, so the doctor said I won't be able to breastfeed."
"My breasts are too small to breastfeed."
"He lost too much weight so I had to supplement with formula."
I don't want to go into all the reasons these particular issues may have come up (posts for another day), but I want you to see how these statements show how the women feel about their own bodies. Do you think it makes the postpartum period easier? Do you think it leaves them feeling confident in their ability to care for a newborn?
The issue here isn't really what procedure, advice, or protocol should have been followed, but rather how that solution made the woman feel. The modern birth system usually leaves mothers feeling inadequate. They are told their bodies are inadequate to grow a baby properly, so we need many tests to make sure the baby's ok. They are told their body is not working properly, so they need to be induced, anesthetized, and cut open in order for a professional to take their baby out. They are told formula is just as good as breastfeeding, so they should give up and give a bottle.
There's something deeper, more powerful and instinctual than all the statistics and studies about birth. (Although those also support a more natural approach.) I can tell you that looking at a four month old baby and realizing that I grew, birthed, and fed this child with minimal help from the outside is the biggest confidence booster I know of. Every cell in her body came from me. I don't think every woman has to make the same choices I did, but I wish the emotional aspect of telling someone something's "wrong" with them wouldn't be overlooked.