Ugh x 2

(Trigger warning)

Pregnant woman is told she must have a cesarean for her fourth birth, even though her third birth at that hospital was a successful VBAC.

Raped ten year old is refused an abortion in Mexico

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  1. I’m not sure if you’ve been following Joy Szabo’s story, but she had her baby vaginally. Not without a huge hassle, though. She had to move 500 miles away to Phoenix, rent an apartment, and be away from her family for several weeks. I blogged about her case a few times.

    • MomTFH

      You know, I saw this linked to today on twitter, and I thought it was the same name. I am exhausted and I didn’t fact check.

      Well, I’m still mad! LOL

  2. Yeah, the good news is that she did have her VBAC, although as Rixa points out, not without a huge hassle.

    One of the more frustrating aspects of the ACOG rule of “immediately available” surgeons/anesthesia is the fact that this rule affects the small towns and rural areas disproportionately.

    If you live in a big metropolitan area, you probably still have some VBAC choices. They may not be great, and it’s not universally true for all big cities, but there is usually someone in *most* big cities that will attend a VBAC.

    If you are in a smaller town or in a rural area, you are often out of luck, for the most part. Unless you can afford to move to a major city for several weeks, that is, or are have access to VBAC-friendly homebirth midwives.

    VBAC should not be just for those who live in big cities, dang it. That ACOG rule has GOT to change.

    • MomTFH

      As far as I am concerned, as long as they can handle a cord prolapse, or an abruption, or eclampsia, they can handle a VBAC. There should be lots of paperwork and informed consent up the wazoo, and maybe even a fund like there is in Florida for birth associated neurological disorders.

      Yes, the woman had to go through a huge hassle. From what I remember, her husband had to stay behind with the other kids. Separating families for birth in order to have a safer birth is so wrong.

  3. If they can’t handle a VBAC then they should not be doing any deliveries period. What happens if a first time mom needs an emergent C-section??

  4. Courtroom Mama

    One of many reasons I think you’re tops: you pair these two stories. Right on. I consider both to be violations of women’s human rights.

    • MomTFH

      Thanks, right back atcha. I also think both stories are examples of how these issues get played out in reality. There is so much bloviation on the internet on abortion and birth (including access to VBAC), but these real life stories show how these attitudes play out in real women’s (and girls’) lives.

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