Forced C-Sections: Woman Sues Over Unwanted C-Section (My Thoughts, My Story, Add Yours)
Forced C-Sections: Woman Sues Over Unwanted C-Section (My thoughts, My Story, Add Yours)
I know this is a very hot-button topic with women, and it creates a myriad of opinions and arguments. My opinions are mixed because I do believe a woman has the right to have a birth plan, and to voice her birth plan and have it be highly respected under normal conditions. Meaning the baby and mother are doing well and things are progressing without detriment to the unborn baby or babies.
I really wanted to have my twins vaginally since my others were born this way, and despite one being breech (baby B NOT baby A) I was able to do so. Though I did ponder last minute, ‘should I go with a c-section?’ The well-versed ‘older’ doctor sounded confident enough to deliver the twins as they were, laid out my options, risks associated with each choice, and we had a wonderful outcome, thankfully. It was shocking how everybody simply assumed I was having a c-section, even on D day, just because of having twins alone, much less one baby being breech. My doctor had delivered the vast majority of his twin patients vaginally, so a younger, newer doctor is likely to jump to a section first. Just a note.
All birth types have their risks. Mothers are not doctors and doctors are not you. And even they whom we hold at a higher standard can make mistakes. I have seen this throughout my own life, and in actuality have myself experienced the horror of a doctor who did NOT do the emergency c-section that should have been done with my 1st child with very ill consequences. I don’t talk about it much as to not scare women, but a c-section would have saved my child’s life.
I was only a kid myself, but doctor error while my son was in distress for quite a long period of time with repeated low oxygen levels via fetal scalp tests and distress shown on internal monitors, then later stuck in the birth canal with shoulder dystosia, at the age I was I completely and totally thought that doctors were masters well above me and knew what they were doing. Plus, at that age 19 I knew nothing about labor and birth complications and had nobody surrounding me who was older and wiser there to help me out, or things may have turned out very differently. (Sad but true.)
They dropped the ball that day..both the doctor and nurses, and my most precious gift in life was eventually taken away from me after a very sorrowful life. Doctors are far, far from perfect my friends. Do not trust that they always know what is best and always take the best course of action. You MUST be educated and fully ‘in the know’ prior to and during the birth of your baby. Be aware of everything and have a partner by your side who is also bursting with knowledge. A competent doctor is always a HUGE asset. Most are, but you can obviously see that there are some that don’t do as they should.
Sometimes you don’t have a choice, but if you can find a doctor with whom you can spend your entire pregnancy with and birth your baby, that is the absolute best case scenario. I advise all women to write up a birth plan of their wishes and desires to avoid an over-abundance of c-sections. I will tell you that my current OB/GYN admitted to me that they don’t even teach new doctors much of anything about breech births and such because they will rush to a c-section in most all cases nowadays. Even in cases where he admits there isn’t necessity for it, c-sections are over-done simply because of the high liability to the doctor and sky-rocketing malpractice rates. There were 4 doctors in the practice that saw patients and delivered when I had my 8 year old. Since that time, that number went down to 3, then 2, 1 and now NONE of them deliver there.
I can understand, based on what he told me, that doctors are scared of the potential for problems and lawsuits, but c-sections are not without their risks either. That is major surgery, and very often a vaginal breech birth can be safer than a c-section based on a woman’s precise situation. This goes for both mother and child.
I wanted to try for vaginal birth with the twins, but I made it quite clear that if there was distress or problems of any kind…cut me! Anything for the health of my babies. I saw first-hand what a doctor choosing the wrong option did, and what that cost me. What it cost the whole world. My beautiful boy. I just think they shouldn’t over-use it in some cases just because it is ‘easier for them’. And most of the time it does fetch them more cash, though I would like to believe that isn’t a driving factor. I think the fear is what drives them mostly.
C-sections for doctors have their advantages. It is easier for them to schedule c-sections then to wait for a natural birth to occur. And a cut for them is easier and quicker than delivering a baby vaginally, though that should NEVER be a sole reason to resort to surgery. That is NOT fair for the woman, but it does happen.
The case in question
Here in NY there is a case where a woman is suing over a ‘forced c-section’. After 2 former sections that she had bad experiences with afterwards, she decided she wanted to go the vaginal route. Now we do not know what her whole story was. V-bacs are indeed possible, and well they should be. But could there have been reasons behind the doctor’s refusal to go along with this woman’s birth plan that we do not know about? Sure there could be. But if they just over-rode her for zero reason, I can see why she would sue. Especially since the surgery caused them to not only step all over her birth plan, but they also perforated her bladder during the surgery. See c-sections come with their own set of risks.
I do believe a natural, vaginal birth in most cases is best for both mother and child. We don’t know her history or everything that was going on that day that this occurred, but I am curious to know what you make of this case? The fact that he called her decision to go vaginal essentially ‘child abuse’, IF this is based on solely her wanting a v-bac, I take major issue with that. I would call it abuse ONLY if the life of a child is on the line and a woman simply wants to go vaginal for selfish reasons, despite the risks to the baby. Check out Rinat Drayout’s story below and see what you think. I am adding the written article and embedding the video as well.
Here is the link: N.Y. Woman Sues Doctor Over Forced C-Section
It am totally pro-woman, but I am pro child first. The safety of the unborn baby should come before a mother’s wishes, as I am sure most if not all would agree. However, that being said, without any obvious complications and emergency situations that would warrant an emergency c-section, as my 1st son should have been, I think a woman has the right to attempt a vaginal birth in such cases.
I think c-sections are highly over-used, and I know the reason why as stated above. Lawsuits…malpractice…doctor fear! This is also why so many private practice OB/GYNS no longer deliver. Delivery via resident doctor is becoming more and more common. This is scary to a woman who really wants her doctor to be the one delivering her. So make sure yours does and will be there for you.
Back when I had my 1st two kids the c-section rate was by far lower. Now 1/3 of all babies are born this way. This is despite that fact that the World Health Organization clearly warns that only 10-15% of all births are c-section worthy. That is far less than that 33% (and in some hospitals in the country more, so do check the hospital stats to.) That 33% is the American average rate per year, and it looks like it will be only on the rise.
Should this woman be able to sue over this? Should this doctor get into trouble for his actions? Do you think that maybe he made the correct choice in the circumstance she was in or rushed to action? We do not know all the facts again, but we do know she had two former c-sections. I’d love to get your insight on this. I will put a poll below for you to answer. You may choose up to 2 answers for the two questions involved in the poll. Feel free to also share any stories or added opinions on the topic.
I wish you all the perfect birth experience!