tikizeekbaby @ : VBAC article from CNN.com
It's about how a couple had to move to get the VBAC they wanted, and succeeded, also offers some tips for those that are birthing in hospitals.
|Date:||December 17th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)|| |
what is really crazy about this story, which i read on cnn weeks ago when she was initially forced to move, is the last baby was a VBAC at that same hospital! yes, that's right, just a year or two prior to this pregnancy she had delivered a VBAC baby but hospital policy changed and they refused to acknowledge her previous successful VBAC as grounds to allow her a vaginal birth AGAIN?!
We were coerced into a c-section. the midwife we got stuck with during our later labor wasn't very supportive. we followed all of the advice given in this article. we argued all the points and yet the hospital ob's insisted and even had one of them cry, yes real fucking tears, about how selfish i was for wanting a vaginal birth over my daughters safety.
they claimed she was too big and in all the wrong ways, but then put failure to progress as the reason for the c-section. in the future this will make it even harder to convince anyone to allow me a vaginal birth. i kept saying i didn't want to be committed to a life of surgical births and the hospital staff all reassured me women all the time have VBAC's. hmmm funny how they didn't mention except at almost every hospital in my large city because they aren't even 'allowed!'
i think the real best advice to give is have a doula. have a lawyers number and name written down and when they start bullying, which is illegal but it is very hard to point this out when your hours and hours into labor and all nerves, point to that number and name and be like, 'you try one more time to coerce me into a non-emergency surgical procedure despite my stated rejection i will call my lawyer.'
i wish we had thought of this beforehand because in hospitals the magic L word rules supreme and maybe if more of us mamas started threatening it simply for their very much illegal coercive methods this horrible trend could be reversed. after all what has really ignited it is fear of lawsuits because of complications, which is bullshit anyways when you think of how many waivers you sign that say 'i can't sue you for nothing.'