|Originally posted by OnTheFence
Frankly I think these predictions are ludicrous. Again I am not into conspiracy theory nor do I think that the first things you listed WILL ever happen. Over the past ten years I have seen things go back and forth. For instance, my SIL wanted a repeat csection in 1996 but her insurance would not allow her nor her doctor, she had to have a trial of labor and attempt a VBAC or else insurance would not pay. She did have a successful VBAC. In fact this was a policy of BCBS int he late 90s and in the year 2000. At the hospital I gave birth in, natural birth is advocated and advised.
The first few times I saw women posting that their OBs were putting them on weight-loss diets in pregnancy, that hospitals were regularly encouraging new moms to supplement with formula, etc. etc., I couldn't believe it. But now, having discussed this stuff with a lot of people at work and in my community IRL, I can see that positive change in these areas is not consistent.
It's like other things that relate to women's lives. You might think, "No one ever told ME that 'girls can't do math'." But someone else your age was more than told it, she was prevented from enrolling in Calculus in high school. You think, "My insurer encourages natural childbirth" while someone else is dealing with a hospital who is telling them they have to wear a fetal monitor throughout labor. Maybe at a hospital in the same city where you had a birthing center birth in a tub of water!
That's one of the big values of these boards, that we can learn about what other people's experiences have been.