Friday, December 18, 2009

Mom fights, gets the delivery she wants

Wow-this is a great article. Read it here. I saw this family in an article a couple of months ago when all this first became an issue. So, here it is-they did it and the mother was able to have a vaginal birth. I have to say though that it's scary to see this happening. Why should a woman have to do this in order to give birth the way she wants?

Also, I have to comment on the quote by Dr. Flamm, about halfway down-he says, (speaking about the decision to do a C-section), "It's a tough situation," says Dr. Bruce Flamm, a spokesman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "Mom is tired. Dad is tired and nervous, and most people haven't spent their lives reading obstetrical textbooks and don't know all the details involved."

Here is a perfect example of the problem with allowing hospitals and doctors to make decisions for women with healthy pregnancies. They think it's all about what's written in obstetrical textbooks! Although reading and educating oneself about birth is always recommended, you're definitely not going to find all the answers in a textbook.


Robert and Sherry Leal said...

I still have to read the article, but from what you said, I am glad to hear that it did work for someone. Really, what are they (doctors and hospitals) going to do? Not let you into the hospital? By law they HAVE to treat anyone who comes to them for help, even if the person can't pay and doesn't have insurance. And they know that we (mothers) have the upper hand, which is why they try to act like they do. It reminds of Patch Adams when he's in medical school. The dean gives a speech and talks about how they're people when they start medical school, but when it's over, they'll be "doctors." That's great and all, but they'll still be people and they'll still be human, nothing more.

Laura said...

That quote from the doctor is so ridiculous! I'm sorry, but doctors don't even spend their lives reading obstetrical book. Maybe they should take some time out of what they read in these books and read something from Ina May Gaskin.