An interesting comment left on Facebook…
Just to play “devil’s advocate” a little bit. (mind you i am a HUGE supporter of VBAC and have had an HBAC myself and will be having another one this June due to the lack of support in hospital here). We need to be monkeys on the malpractice insurance company’s backs too. Most of the time OBs hands are tied because their malpractice insurance will not cover them if they attend a VBAC. Others jack up their premiums if they attend VBAC’s and OBs are looking at their whole practice/career/education going down the toilet with one bad VBAC outcome. So not only are WE as women caught between a rock and a hard place, so are the doctors. And it all comes down to who has the money and who has to cough up the money in order to practice. And ultimately it’s the women and babies who are the last on the list to be considered and it is we that have to pay the price and fight the battles in order to birth vaginally after cesarean, which is what research clearly supports.
It might be part of the problem (Can you cite that it is? Now I want to go dig up articles on this again!) but it’s not all of it. Thanks for your comment. -Jill
completely agree, this issue is multifaceted for sure. I just wanted to point out that the doctors are under a LOT of pressure as well. They actually cover this particular issue in the VBAC volume of more business of being born. :)
Sure, they feel the pressure but sometimes fears aren’t based on evidence. I am very sensitive to the effects that a lawsuit can have on a physician after watching a friend have his life destroyed (not even being dramatic… totally destroyed). The point of the post really was to point out that it is an uphill battle but we really need docs to start fighting the system, too. If the will is there, they will find a way.
I’m not so sure the will is there. It is for a few pioneers. I would like to see it become a bigger priority and for them to see the ripple effect on women’s choices.
Not arguing or trying to split hairs. I know we’re on the same page. Just wanted to clarify and not give into an overly simplistic “answer” to a very complicated problem.