|Some hospitals do not do VBACs because of liability reasons. Like having the proper staff available for one. Plus there are lawsuits.
In 1999, ACOG recommended that any hospital that did VBACs have a staff of surgeons and anesthesiologists immediatly available, 24-hrs a day. Many smaller/poorer hospitals just can't afford to do this, thus they banned VBACs in those certain hospitals.
|They give women what they have found the majority of women want. Resources are available for women who want to break out of the mold, but many women simply refuse to take the time and energy.
|But unfortunately, now the opinions of the masses are limiting my ability to choose the birth that I want and that is what makes me upset.
As for both sides of the coin:
I was born by c-section at (about) 32 weeks, due to my mother having PE. (She was only 19 at the time.) I was in the NICU for 3 months. I would not be here were it not for c-sections.
However, my sister, born 4 years later, was 9lb, 11oz, delivered by c-section at 38 weeks. I think my Mom chose a c-section because the doctors scared her into thinking that she couldn't have a baby this big, and she just didn't want to "deal" with labor, birth, ect. A quick, painless operation was better, in her eyes, than a labor/birth that she had never experienced before and was afraid of. (She also tried to BF, but said it "just wasn't for her.")
Fast forward 20 years later:
My Mom is a 911 dispatcher. She recieves a 911 call from a small country cafe where a tourist woman has gone into labor. Mom dispatches an ambulance to the scene. The EMT's radio back to her that they need the life-flight helicoptor right now. (Mom ???'s at this. Babies are born in ambulances fairly often, right?) She calls the helicoptor, and they ask what the problem is. Mom calls back the EMTs and they tell her.....
The laboring woman had said that she was scheduled for a c-section the following week.
She was completly, fully dialated.
HER CERVIX HAD BEEN SEWN SHUT.
Mom doesn't know what happended to the woman. When the helicoptor flew her to the hospital, that's the last Mom heard of her. But in my mind, there are only two reasons to have sewn her cervix shut:
1.) She was at risk for going into premature labor, and had been sewn up to save the baby's life. If that was the case, wouldn't her pregnancy have been rather high risk, and shouldn't she have thought twice before traveling to a very remote area where the nearest hospital was 2 hrs. away, only a week from her due date?
2.) The c-section was scheduled for convenience, and in order to keep her from going into labor at a "inconveniant" time, the doctor had her sewn up.
I believe that C-sections should be saved for when the life of the baby and/or the mother are in danger. Even in the dark ages, wasn't the death rate for babies 1 in 4? Now, the c-section rate is 1 in 3?