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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Apparently she had no problem finding one that would allow her to give it a go. I finished the story, once it was posted, and that's why the original hospital should charge her for all their legal fees.
    I would imagine this is why she's suing, more important in my view.... the idea that they would attempt to have her legally bound by their choice, turning her into child protective services which is a "guilty until proven innocent" organization. Her entire family would be in jeopardy. They have no right to do that, but they can refuse her service.

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    A letter from Bayfront's chief financial officer said if she attempted a "trial of labor," the facility would report her to the state's Department of Children and Family Services, seek a court order to perform the surgery, and do the procedure "with or without (her) consent" if she stepped foot in the hospital.
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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    What happen to a woman's right to choose? Where are all her advocates?
    No one said she should not be able to choose how she wanted it done. Some have stated it is also up to the hospital what procedures they perform, and can choose to refuse to perform what would be considered a risky procedure that is adviced against by the professional groups for that area of medicine. It is best to read the thread before saying something painfully silly and inaccurate...
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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    It's not clear because that's not what they said. What they SAID was that THEIR hospital wouldn't permit her to give natural childbirth; and if she was IN their hospital and refused a C-Section, they would report her.

    This is a ridiculous story. Don't even know why it made the news.

    She wants to try natural childbirth. It's the hospital's prerogative to find that risky in her circumstances and refuse her request. It shouldn't make the news . . . she should just find a hospital who will accommodate her -- if she can.
    It's the "reporting" threat aspect that would cause me to sue them. First of all, VBAC is dangerous to the mother, not the child, so calling Child Protective Services is totally stupid, but furthermore, calling the government to interfere in a medical decision that might only hurt the one making the decision.... well hell we should all be turned into whomever handles that since all surgeries have a risk of death or worse.
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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    It's the "reporting" threat aspect that would cause me to sue them. First of all, VBAC is dangerous to the mother, not the child, so calling Child Protective Services is totally stupid, but furthermore, calling the government to interfere in a medical decision that might only hurt the one making the decision.... well hell we should all be turned into whomever handles that since all surgeries have a risk of death or worse.
    Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)-Risks of VBAC and Cesarean Deliveries

    umm no it is very risky to both mother and child and can cause death in both if there is a complication.

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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    My first was a bit of a frustration in that it was a catholic hospital, pretty much all that is around, and they took the baby and refused to bring it back, apparently a minor issue with the cord having been briefly around the neck. I stood up on the bed, blood still dripping, and demanded that my husband follow that baby and don't let it out of your sight. He did, thank goodness.

    After that, and remember I'd been in and out of surgeries much of my young life for a heart defect, I determined that I was both the OWNER OF MY BODY, and the EMPLOYER OF THE DOCTORS AND HOSPITAL STAFF INVOLVED IN ANY PROCEDURE, and never let a either usurp my choices again. Second baby was handled much better as my attitude didn't allow for the usual shennanigans, and my hysterectomy a few years after that was a pleasure.

    Never again will a doc or hospital overrule my decisions. They can convince me of their perspective, but that's the end of their power.
    Not to get TMI here, but from what she's told me, she was basically abused from the minute she got in the door.

    My mother's apparently built in such a way as to have fairly easy labor and deliveries. Out of five different deliveries, none have taken longer than 6 or 7 hours in total.

    However, as I was her first, she didn't really know that yet.

    She kept telling the nurses on call that she felt like something was going on, and that they should check her dilation. The nurses simply wouldn't believe her.

    When she finally pestered one of them enough to check her (which they did in a very rough and unprofessional manner, according to my mother), they realized that I was about to come right then, and they had to rush her into delivery.

    The doctor stormed in in an irritable huff afterwards, and went straight for an episiotomy without even asking her first (keep in mind that I was a 7 lb baby with a small head, so it's doubtful that this was in any way necessary). He then told her to bear down and push as hard as possible until I came out.

    Afterwards, he stitched her up without making sure she was properly numb, and told her to "shut up" and "do her breathing" when she complained. She also lost so much blood from the cut that she almost went into shock, and suffered from severe anemia for weeks post-partum.

    It didn't stop there either, apparently. The day after the delivery, they forced her to attend parenting classes in a wheel chair in spite of the fact that she was so weak and hopped up on pain killing drugs as to not even be able to hold her head up with her own energy.

    At that point, she'd basically had enough, so she told my father to take her home in defiance of the hospital's orders.
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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    I would imagine this is why she's suing, more important in my view.... the idea that they would attempt to have her legally bound by their choice, turning her into child protective services which is a "guilty until proven innocent" organization. Her entire family would be in jeopardy. They have no right to do that, but they can refuse her service.

    From the first paragraph of the OP quote
    That doesn't make a lick of sense. She was only legally bound by their choice (actually medical determination) at their hospital. She has always been free to go somewhere else or even have at home delivery. A choice she eventually opted for as she did just what she wanted at another clinic.

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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    It's the "reporting" threat aspect that would cause me to sue them. First of all, VBAC is dangerous to the mother, not the child, so calling Child Protective Services is totally stupid, but furthermore, calling the government to interfere in a medical decision that might only hurt the one making the decision.... well hell we should all be turned into whomever handles that since all surgeries have a risk of death or worse.
    If she were admitted to their hospital, and she refused a C-Section, what should they do with her? Throw her into the street? Discharge her? They can't do those things. So they'd report her to authorities. Whether or not they're the right ones, I don't know.

    Refusal to deliver in the safest way possible for the child would, in my opinion, be a child protective services issue.

    And just why, pray tell, would any of this be grounds to SUE???

    Go to another hospital, for God's sake.
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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    It's the "reporting" threat aspect that would cause me to sue them. First of all, VBAC is dangerous to the mother, not the child, so calling Child Protective Services is totally stupid, but furthermore, calling the government to interfere in a medical decision that might only hurt the one making the decision.... well hell we should all be turned into whomever handles that since all surgeries have a risk of death or worse.
    Nonsense, again, the threat was only is she went that way at their hospital. And let me remind folks, she had several months to make this decision.

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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Not to get TMI here, but from what she's told me, she was basically abused from the minute they got in the door.

    She's apparently built in such a way as to have fairly easy labor and deliveries. Out of five different deliveries, none have taken longer than 6 or 7 hours in total.

    However, as I was her first, she didn't really know that yet.

    She kept telling the nurses on call that she felt like something was going on, and that they should check her dilation. The nurses simply wouldn't believe her.

    When she finally pestered one of them enough to check her (which they did in a very rough and unprofessional manner, according to my mother), they realized that I was about to come right then, and they had to rush her into delivery.

    The doctor stormed in in an irritable huff afterwards, and went straight for an episiotomy without even asking her first (keep in mind that I was a 7 lb baby with a small head, so it's doubtful that this was in any way necessary). He then told her to bear down and push as hard as possible until I came out.

    Afterwards, he stitched her up without making sure she was properly numb, and told her to "shut up" and "do her breathing" when she complained. She also lost so much blood from the cut that she almost went into shock, and suffered from severe anemia for weeks post-partum.

    It didn't stop there either, apparently. The day after the delivery, they forced her to attend parenting classes in a wheel chair in spite of the fact that she was so weak and hopped up on pain killing drugs as to not even be able to hold her head up with her own energy.

    At that point, she'd basically had enough, so she told my father to take her home in defiance of the hospital's orders.
    Oh no doubt. I always (as an adult) have left the hospital before doctor's okay. They seem to really like to keep you there as long as possible. Hospital personnel are often abusive and think they own you while you're there. I do not accept that and even have forced them to let me smoke in my room (a private) room, and have guests after hours. They hated me, I'm sure.

    Now that I'm un-plumbed, I've not seen a doc since the plumbing was removed, and don't intend to. From here on out I'll live and die by whatever happens to me without medical treatments. I mean if I break a leg, okay, I'll get it casted, but no more surgeries, none. I've had it with the whole business.
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    Re: Pregnant Women Warned: Consent to Surgical Birth or Else

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Nonsense, again, the threat was only is she went that way at their hospital. And let me remind folks, she had several months to make this decision.
    They put on paper a threat of legal action that was #1 inappropriate because the baby wouldn't have been in any danger with such a decision, and #2 for putting their fear of malpractice ahead of accepted and usual birthing practice.
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