|DH was really disappointed by how little the rest of the men seemed to be interested in taking parental leave, or learning about baby care themsel|
Anyway, there was a public meeting yesterday to discuss what was happening and what could be done about the birth options available and I had to work. DH went with DD and he said later he was one of only two guys in the room without a female partner (the other was the DH of one of the affected midwives because she couldn't be there in person), and the only solo guy with a child.
We live in a really crunchy area, and everyone here is so quick to pride themselves on how "alternative" they are...but when it comes right down to it there is still a lot of assumption as to what role people should fill in a family. Apparently guys aren't supposed to care about birth options or something.
Ah well. If anyone wants to write to the hospital in support of birth choice, they have an online form (http://www.cayugamed.org/contact/index.cfm). Apparently they are discontinuing their "on call OB" service and individual care providers will have to provide their own OB backup for deliveries. And many of the smaller care providers can't arrange this sort of OB back up and can't afford the higher insurance costs this new system will require...so they simply can't deliver at the hospital anymore.
What really stinks IMO is that they handed out a list of the providers (within a 3 hour drive) who will continue to deliver babies (this list includes homebirth and hospital midwives, family practitioners, and OBs) and there were only three groups that will continue to see VBAC mamas on the list....and then only if the mama meets certain standards, or if the one OB in the practice who "does" VBAC is on call when mama goes into labor, or only if mama has insurance coverage from specific companies! It's insane! Especially given that whole "we are crunchy earth people living in harmony with nature" vibe this town likes to project.
Ugh. It makes me sick thinking about it. I mean, what if I'd gotten pregnant two months later than I did? And what about my next babe? Our local hospital is one of the few in the region that even offers VBAC, but if none of the care providers who support VBAC are allowed to use the hospital than WTH is up with that?