Article: Woman Force to Have a C-section

It took my husband and I several babies in a hospital to realize that when we entered a hospital establishment we were essentially giving up our rights. Our rights to decide what was best for our baby and for me as an expectant mom. While I had very good hospital deliveries, except my first, which was filled with what I think were unnecessary medical interventions because they didn't think as a first time mom I could deliver a 9 lb baby. I've delivered FIVE of them! And they did not even give me a chance to even try with my first.

Anyhoo....There were things that the hospital wanted to decide for me:

1. When I could have my baby in my room. I would call the nurses saying I wanted my baby back with me and one time it took them literally hours to bring my baby to me. They told me I needed my rest. I informed them I don't sleep well in the hospital so I may as well care for my baby.

2. They did not want me sleeping with my baby. I get it. But the only thing they were concerned about is liability. Period. I informed them I would never sue if anything happened while sleeping with my baby and of course they weren't buying it. But in my fifth hospital birth I has a nurse that was sort of in awe of me and she caught me sleeping with my baby. I admitted I knew I wasn't suppose to and all she said was, "You do what you do at home." The FIRST nurse to EVER say that to me.

3. In my first birth, my husband said I asked for pain meds and the epidural. I DO NOT remember requesting these things. How can they allow a woman under the influence of pain drugs to make an informed decision? I would have rather my husband made the decision for me.

Anyways, those are just a few of my "beef" about hospital policies, which brings me to the article at hand: A woman was force to have a c-section. The doctor blatantly ignored the woman's request and preference. In the c-section her bladder was perforated, which is the basis of a law suit she has filed. But at the heart of it is her doctor ignored her decision and went ahead with a c-section. I don't think he had her best interest in mind, just his time. If it was medically necessary for this woman to have another c-section, fine but that is not what is being portrayed in the story.

How would you feel if you were forced to have a c-section and your bladder was perforated during the surgery? And have you had any of your own "run-ins" with hospital staff? What did you do?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/05/…

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    06/13/14
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    06/16/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Yeah, I had some "strange" nurses.
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      06/13/14
      I would be furious. Not only had they ignored my request for -my- birthing process (this is assuming it was medically unnecessary) but they had injured me in the process? Hell yes I'd sue them.

      As for other times? I've only had the one birth, and it was wonderful, for me. The nurses and doctors were very nice and told me anything I wanted to know about everything they did. If they had to take Nina to have something done, they told me what, why, and about how long it would take and then they'd bring her right back to my room. I stayed from a Friday until Monday, and I had no issues the entire time. I'm sorry your experience was so bad!
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        06/13/14
        Nurses would constantly try to take Charlie away so that I could sleep. I was polite for the first few times, then it got to the point where I had to be stern.. not rude.. but stern.. and tell them "look, I have you coming in every hour to do blood pressure checks. I have you coming in every 2 hours for blood sugar checks. THE BABY is not keeping me awake. Get it?"

        That helped.

        People need to listen to their doctors. It scares me when I hear about people trusting a doctors decision for 39 weeks, then all of a sudden abandon that trust. However, ultimately these are our decisions to make. When we come out on the other side I don't feel it's right to blame our doctors for decisions that we are allowed to make on our own.
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        06/16/14
        8Theresa Gould
        Good for your for standing firm.

        If I made a decision contrary to my doctor's, I would not be the kind to sue. That's just me. But this doctor went against her wishes and it was not proven to be medically necessary even, at least from the information provided.
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        06/16/14
        8Theresa Gould
        That's wonderful! I wouldn't have had such a problem with the hospital staff if they'd just trust me, like I was trusting (or trying to) them with my life and my baby's.
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        About Theresa Gould
        Current: Chicago, Illinois
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        ***Baby Team Leader Moms.com*** I have been married for over 20 years. My husband and I have eight children ages 18 down to 4 years old. We use to live in Chicago but now live in Canada. I own www.FaithandFamilyReviews.com.