In Florida a woman was overdue for labor by a week with gestational diabetes and concern for her baby's well being was at an all time high. Neither, however were in emminant crisis. Mom was planning to turn herself over to the hospital but had to do so on time tables that allowed her husband to return from work and childcare needed to be arrainged. But that wasn't good enough for her doctors. They threatened her with arrest for not coming in when they demanded it.
The email stated: “I am deeply concerned that you are contributing to a very high probability that your fetus will die or your child will incur brain damage if born alive. At this time, you must come in for delivery. I would hate to move to the most extreme option, which is having law enforcement pick you up at your home and bring you in, but you are leaving the providers of USF/TGH no choice.”
But that didn't stop her from thinking critically and responding to the threat with an apropriate response. She wrote the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
“Any attempt to force her to undergo the surgery by means of arrest and detention in the hospital is without legal justification and in defiance of a clear medical consensus that such threats and actions undermine maternal, fetal, and child health,” Lynn Paltrow, executive director of NAPW, said in a statement on the group’s website.
The good ending to this story? She got an apology, rather than a possy at her door.