I live with my partner and our toddler son in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Park Slope which is famous—some might say infamous—for being family-friendly almost to the point of tyranny. Just look at the bossy parental behavior featured in the popular video Sh*t Park Slope Parents Say. There are some things that seem quintessential to being the perfect Park Slope parent, including a Bugaboo stroller, a membership at the food co-op, and that perfect birth story. And lately, it seems like that perfect birth story is about having a homebirth. Of course, there are many, many members of the community who are compassionate and non-judgemental when it comes to the subject of their fellow moms’ birthing experience. And then there are some who seem to hold the homebirth as somehow superior to the birth that takes place in a medical setting. For this story, I posted up a request for opinions and experiences from the mothers in my community, asking if anyone wasn’t in favor of home birth, making sure to state that I didn’t want to write an article bashing the practice of homebirthing; I just wanted to present another set of ideas and opinions on the topic. After all, I don’t want to judge anyone else’s birthing experience, just as I don’t want anyone judging mine (for the record, I had a C-section after almost 24 hours of labor—all in the hospital). I received exactly two responses. (Usually, when I make such a request, my inbox is flooded with thoughtful and candid insights, sometimes too many to use.) The first response I received was a vaguely threatening email from a mom warning me to utilize “real journalism” when writing about the topic of homebirth. “If you’re going to quote someone saying something like ‘homebirths are more dangerous,’” she wrote, “please make a point to either find supporting evidence (which you won’t) or be VERY clear that it’s an opinion and that the piece is an op-ed style entry rather than a journalistic piece.” (The italics are mine; the caps are hers.) Her email closed with her assurance that she was “looking forward” to reading my “well researched, thoughtful, piece of journalism when it comes out.” I wasn’t sure if that was a threat or a promise.