Originally Posted by f&p'smama
Yeah, I do KWYM. And I agree. But I also think part of the responsiblity lies in the litigious culture in the US. I think many OBs are terrified of a law suit and that drives their decision making, instead of what is best for this particular patient.
That sucks and it's not right and it should not enter their decision making. Their oath is to first do no harm & if they're pushing surgery which is risker than a breech birth, it's wrong. There certainly are crappy doctors who push for a C-section because it's 7:30 on a Friday night and they want to get home. My Mom swears that her doc pushed Pitocin on her with my sister because he wanted to get to a golf game on a Saturday. I think many OBs are human and think about themselves and protecting their careers in addition to what's best for their patient. And I think there is some collective cultural responsibility for that.
That's all I meant.
It's sad that things like breech birth are less and less a part of medical training and there are fewer and fewer OBs who even know how to do them.
This is true. Women are more apt to sue if their baby isn't born perfectly healthy, even if it is no one's fault. Let's examine the roots of this. When doctors took birth into hospitals, there were promises of better infant mortality. But really, this was not the case, although women who could afford it gave into the illusion. But the doctors couldn't leave well enough alone. They had to improve on nature, they had to find a way to control the uncontrollable. They invented machines and procedures and gave drugs that would make birth more "scientific" under the guise of making it safer for babies. Why go through the pain of labor and have to push the baby out on your own when a doctor could knock you out, give you an episiotomy that would alter your genitals for the rest of your life and use forceps to rescue your baby from your body? The whole obstetrical system is based on the fact that women's bodies are flawed and our babies must be saved from them. And so big promises were made... if you give your flawed body to us, we make sure you have a healthy babies.
Women were set up for failure, especially as they started placing more and more strict guidelines on what was "normal" It only got worse when c-sections were made safer* Because this was the ultimate in controlling women's bodies. Only dialated to 5 after ten hours of labor? C-section! Baby is breech? C-section! 5'2" and 110lbs? Your baby must be too big for you to birth- C-section!
And thus the roots of why women are so ready to sue a doctor of something goes wrong. Because they promised us
that if we gave ourselves over to them, knocked us out, cut our genitals, cut our bellies to save our babies from us and sacrificed our births that they could produce a healthy baby
*Please note, i am only talking about c-sections that are for not medically sound reasons. I thank God that c-sections were made safer for the women that truly do need them for themselves and for their babies