Friday, February 20, 2009

Time Magazine covers VBAC

Via The Unnecessarean, Time Magazine covers the disappearing VBAC. Even more amazingly, they do a pretty good job of it! My favorite quote is this: "How can a hospital say it can handle an emergency C-section due to fetal distress yet not be able to do a VBAC?"

Yeah, how can they? "It's so much safer to be in a hospital where they can do a crash c-section!" So why do hundreds and hundreds of hospitals deny women VBACs on the grounds that they couldn't do a c-section quickly enough in an emergency?

I do wish the article had discussed how avoiding common interventions like pitocin can decrease the (tiny) risk for uterine rupture even more.

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