First, congrats on finding that rare species -- a VBAC friendly OB.
Originally Posted by Butterfly27
Also where would I post something about the whole issue of a lawsuit against PLICO???
Second, I've been thinking about the lawsuit issue as well. Here are my thoughts (FWIW). These thoughts in no one consitute legal advice -- its merely my brainstorming as an attorney.
(1) You could try calling the ACLU (Amer. Civil Liberties Union) and see if they might be interested in the issue.
(2) You could try contacting your state's medical board (I recommend in writing and by phone) and state that by limiting drs. ability to make medical decisions for their patients, PLICO is, in essence, practicing medicine w/o a license. That's illegal. The problem with this is that I would wager to bet that its not that PLICO is refusing to insure drs. who do VBACs; rather, they are making it so incredibly expense that no dr. can afford malpractice ins. if they choose to do VBACs. Its a matter of semantics. In the case of the later, they are not practicing med. w/o a license.
(3) The lawyer in me (who also wants to VBAC next time around) is actually considering (if VBAC isn't an option for me) having papers ready and filing an injunction when I go into labor (or when I'm about 37 weeks pg -- I haven't fully thought this through yet) prohibiting the dr./mw and/or hosp. from rejecting me as a patient and/or forbidding me from VBACing and/or performing a r/c/s w/o my express written consent (this would work better w/a supportive dr./mw). This would be far more effective if I could find a group of similarly minded women and a supportive lawyer-friend to do it. That's a tall order in my conservative area.
(4) Finally, if HBACs are illegal in OK (as they are here in NJ), and you would consider having one, you could also try the ACLU thing and/or a separate lawsuit challenging the law as unconstitutional or a civil rights violation or something. It really depends on how the various applicable laws read in OK.
HTH! And again, I have no idea if any of these ideas are even doable, so take them as just that, ideas and brainstorming.