I had a crazy thought on my way to work today. I had a c-section 7 months ago. I was planning a perfect birth center birth, but because of their 24 hour rule w/ ROM, I ended up in the hospital on a pit drip, and the rest you can imagine. Totally typical story, everything was fine until we went to the hospital where they ruined everything. It left me totally wrecked emotionally, and i am just starting to see the light after working with a psychotherapist for the last couple of months. It has been really, really hard. I still cry several times a week, which is a big improvement from several times a day. I appreciate reading the stories of other mothers on here, I know I am far from alone in this sadness. We have a real reason to grieve.
Part of my recovery is thinking of ways to help others. I believe that doctors need to be trained in natural birth, and to be taught to believe in women's bodies. Medical schools have a duty to teach sound practices, and obviously they are not. Changing the way doctors are taught seems to be a daunting task that I am sure others have tried to accomplish. In the meantime...
I have never sued anyone in my life. It occurs to me that the hospital and doctor rules are largely because of fear of litigation. My c-section happened because of lawsuits. So, how do we improve things in such a flawed system? Maybe if we started suing for unnecessary interventions (when they are not based in science or need) we could get these doctors to think twice about what they are doing to our otherwise very healthy bodies?
Are there any lawyers out there? Is this even possible?
Again, I hate the idea of suing anybody. I just want the system to change, and I want it to happen fast. It is so frustrating to hear story after story of women being violated by the system, for babies to be put at risk, for the proudest and most important moment in people's lives to be disrespected in such a profound way. Please chime in, I would love to hear what you think!