Childrearing

Insane Hospital Threatens Mom Who Wants VBAC With CPS And Forced C-Section

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c section stock photoA Florida hospital is threatening a 41 weeks pregnant mom with children’s services if she refuses to have an unwanted c-section instead of the VBAC she intended to have…and it gets worse. According to reproductive heath news site RH Reality Check, Jennifer Goodall received a letter from the hospital claiming that they intended to call CPS on her and seek a court order to do the surgery without her consent if she chooses to go to this hospital. Eek!

Before I delve into this subject, I think the important words to remember here are “if she chooses to go to this hospital.” So she isn’t being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the ER to give birth. But the connotations of that letter are still chilling.

In an attempt to stop the hospital from carrying out their threats, the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) and Florida lawyer Patricia E. Kahn issued a complaint on behalf of Goodall in federal court earlier this week. They were seeking a temporary restraining order against the facility, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. Unfortunately the federal judge ruling on the case disagreed and denied their request. From RH Reality Check:

“Federal District Judge John E. Steele denied the request, stating in part that Goodall has no “right to compel a physician or medical facility to perform a medical procedure in the manner she wishes against their best medical judgment.”

As I’ve talked about before, I typically believe strongly in trusting that your physician knows what’s best in these cases, but unlike the situation in the aforementioned link, Goodall isn’t a woman already IN labor. She merely wants to attempt a VBAC, which I think should be her right. Beyond the fact that she’s had three previous c-sections, her pregnancy isn’t high risk, so I don’t see how forcing a c-section without at least trying to deliver vaginally is in her “best medical interest.”

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