Originally Posted by MsElle07
So no, signing a form does not equal informed consent.
I'm not saying that a signed consent form is perfect, because quite obviously it is not.
However, our court systems simply cannot handle a bunch of 'he never said this' or 'I was never told that'. Thus the consent form in writing, while imperfect, is certainly preferable to 'he said, she said'.
And then there are the people who are going to blame anyone other than themselves no matter how much of an explanation is given. We know of one OB who was sued for a VBAC rupture related neonatal death. I *know* what the policy is in that particular clinic for addressing the risks of VBAC vs. ERCS because it's the same clinic I used when pg the second time myself, so I went through that entire consent process.
Even though everything was done to inform mom of the risks, to prevent rupture, to deal with rupture when it was detected...well, sometimes the baby is STILL going to die no matter what the doctors in question do. And so it was with this woman, who then tried to come back and say 'Well, they never told me that my baby could die if I tried for a VBAC.'
Which was a load of crap...she wanted to VBAC, so she did, and the results were less than what she wanted, so she wanted to blame someone else. Thankfully she was laughed out of the lawyer's office when it was realized the very extensive consent process that was in place when she consented to this VBAC attempt.
In the end, it was the string of signed forms that protected the OB in question from being sued, despite this woman's desire to blame the doctor for HER choice and its very unfortunate end result.