Know anything about refusing csection?
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|Sun, 12-20-2009 - 9:37pm|
A little background.... I have had 2 csections (my first and last babies with 12 years in between) and 3 VBACs. I live in Oklahoma, where everything birth related is being run by malpractice insurance companies right now (well, has been for a few years). I started my search to find a dr who would allow me to have a VBA2C a little over 2 years ago, and it started with this very board. Thanks to someone here I was able to find the one dr in the state of OK that has different insurance and I was ecstatic and relaxed and enjoying my pregnancy (which is my last one ever!) and the hospital was allowing him to perform VBACs. Well, last month, there was unfortunately a bad outcome at the hospital where the lady ruptured and the baby died, despite being delivered within 20 minutes of the rupture. The hospital has put a "temporary" ban on VBACs... I found out about the change with about 5 weeks left to go in my pregnancy. I now have 2 weeks until my EDD. I have been told that I basically have 3 options.... have the csection, wait at home in labor until I'm 8-9cm, or come in in labor to refuse the csection. At this moment there is no medical reason for me to be forced into another csection (not to mention the fact that my husband left me about 5 months ago so I'm a single mom of soon to be 6) and I'm afraid of waiting at home too long (besides, how can you tell yourself how far dilated you are!).... I'm not one for an unassisted homebirth for sure. The reasons for my csections are typically not repeated... my first was for CPD (which she was my smallest baby to date) and my 5th baby (2nd csection) was because he had his cord wrapped around his neck 3 times, not allowing him to drop into the birth canal. The midwives here wouldn't be allowed to do a VBA2C.
My question is this: I know if I go in in labor that they cannot refuse me care, but what can they do or refuse to do (pain management, etc) if I refuse to sign consent for a csection? Has anyone here had to do this or know anyone that has? My dr said he has never had anyone do this so he doesn't know what would happen. He is still all for VBACs but has to abide by the hospital's ban.
Also of concern for me is the fact that I've never gone into labor on my own yet and the fact that I have big babies (smallest one was 8lbs even but she was 13 days late). I'm honestly wondering if I just don't produce the hormones I need for labor!!! (I'm sure that isn't true but you can see how I might think that after having to induce 5 babies!)
Thanks in advance for any advice or help you can give.
(Sorry for the hat--- my computer doesn't like to let me switch between hat and no hat for whatever reason!)
Mom to 5 kids, 3 angels, and 1 baby girl on the way!