What Do You Do When Your Doctor/ Hospital Threatens You?

What Do You Do When Your Doctor/ Hospital Threatens You?


I have been reading, often, about women who are being told by their doctor or hospital that CPS will be called on them if they refuse a c section.

Here’s a message I received on facebook from a doula friend:

There is a woman in our area who is being bullied out of a VBA3C. Her doctor is on board, but the hospital refuses and has threatened to call CPS if she doesn’t show on Friday for a schedule c-section. She has called other area hospitals and they have all denied her the opportunity.

Don’t Be Intimidated. It’s Your Body Your Baby Your Birth

You may be reading this and nodding your head because this has happened to you. You may be reading this and have your jaw on the floor. If this hasn’t happened to you the correct response is your jaw on the floor.

Women should be able to have competent care and know why they are being told what they are being told. They deserve informed consent and should be able to exercise informed refusal.

“Women need to know first that they have options, second – what those options are and third – how to act upon those options. Women need to know that their voice should be heard, that they don’t have to have routine procedures simply because they are routine.  Women need to know that they deserve, and are entitled to, Informed Consent and Informed Refusal with regards to any medication, treatment or procedure for themselves or their babies.”-Deena Blumenfeld

Informed Consent

Informed Consent (Photo credit: Kevin Krejci)

 It’s Not Just About Refusing a C Section, It’s about the Right to Refuse Treatment

If you are in a hospital and you are not being treated with respect and dignity and your wishes are not being respected you have the right to leave.  Don’t let your fear keep you from exercising your right. The fear of exercising this right has essentially resulted in the erosion of the right:The right to refuse treatment.

“Stop being afraid. We do not lose our civil rights once we become pregnant.We possess the same right as all competent adults. Being pregnant doesn’t change this.We still absolutely can refuse any and all treatment that we want. ” Lisa Pratt

A Caesarean section in progress.

A Caesarean section in progress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Learn More About Your Right and Choices!

I am writing this blog as I JUST finished interviewing Lisa Pratt on my radio program. During the show, towards the end of the show I asked her what 2 things she would say to a woman who was just told that if she didn’t show up on X date for a c section CPS would be called. She gave her first answer on the air but we ran out of time for her second response…So here it is…

Second piece of advice is to be brave. You know what your rights are and you have to believe they will be respected. Don’t let fear keep you from exercising your rights!-Lisa Pratt

YOU DESERVE INFORMED CONSENT. If a doctor recommends a procedure you have the right to ask clarifying questions. Violations to women don’t just happen during birth. The following is from Occupy America:

In both Kansas and Arizona measures are advancing that exempt doctors from medical malpractice suits should they withhold medical information in order to prevent a woman from having an abortion. These bills also shield doctors from malpractice claims if a woman suffers an injury from a pregnancy as a result of information withheld from her to prevent an abortion. Georgia just snuck a liability shield into their 20-week abortion ban. We can expect more to follow.

Proponents of these “wrongful birth” bills argue they are necessary to stem the tide of lawsuitslike one in Oregon where parents sued for costs related to the care of their daughter who was born with Down’s Syndrome. In that case the parents argued that the medical professionals were negligent in conducting the genetic testing, and that had they known their daughter would be born with a disability, they would have had an abortion.

In practice this means that instead of an objective inquiry into the medical treatment and advice given to a pregnant woman based on what the profession as a whole considers competent medical treatment, the individual beliefs of the doctor will determine if advice given or care rendered was reasonable. In legal terms that changes the inquiry from objective to subjective meaning; there is no real basis to judge conduct against. It will no longer matter what a doctor’s peers believe to be considered good medical care: it will only matter if that particular doctor thought the care would avoid an abortion.

That also means that women in states with wrongful birth bills can never be sure the medical information they are receiving is accurate and unbiased, nor can they sue in the event that its wrong or negligent. And that women in states without these bills will have to exercise even more caution and be even greater advocates for their own care as what constitutes good accepted medical practice is no longer easily determinable.

This goes against the grain of the medical profession’s modern Hypocratic Oath that says ”Above all, I must not play at God,” and tosses true “Informed Consent” out the window. As RH Reality Check puts it ”Pregnant women will, in effect, be returned to the same legal standing of juveniles or persons under legal guardianship and conservatorship, devoid of the ability to consent to a full course of medical treatment on their own.”

A boon for bad doctors, this shield for medical malpractice “strips women of the ability to be compensated for sub-standard medical care rendered to them while pregnant and nothing more.” And while right-wing Republicans insist that there is no war on women, the evidence is in the efforts to pass legislation like the medical malpractice shield that essentially says that women’s lives have no value, as that is what taking away your right to bring a claim based on the value of that life does to women.

This is absolutely war. Defend your rights, or risk losing them.”

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  1. Bluegg Birth Support October 11, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    More women need to know that they are in charge – they employ the doctors that feel that they are entitled to make decisions for them. We are strong and powerful and we have the right to experience birth as we would choose.

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