Originally Posted by gribbit
I guess my concern here would be that someone who is that concerned about malpractice may not be looking out for my best interest come birthing time.. I am not suggesting that she is a bad doctor and I know that ob's do have malpractice to worry about..
My OB and her partner both had to stop delivering babies because their malpractice insurance premiums increased so dramatically. They both have kids and don't work full time and they could not afford to pay $75,000 a year (each) for the insurance. My OB still does gyn stuff but the other doc quit all together. My point is that this is a serious issue for a lot of OBs. If I were you, I would tell the OB you are rethinking your birth plan and leave it at that. Maybe if you are vague enough you can still see her. If not, then perhaps you can convince another doc of your medical needs or perhaps this OB can make a referral for you. It is really sad that this OB has to practice with such fear in her mind but this is the climate in which we live.
But, I would also take this opportunity to write to your lawmakers about this problem. I have heard that this is a state by state issue - some states have laws to prevent huge lawsuits and somehow this lowers insurance costs for docs. It is a shame that we live in a country so full of so many rich people but we cannot support a health industry that fully supports people.