Mom Gets $16 Million After Nurses Did This To Her During Delivery
Women, You Are in Charge!
The article below has been out for a while, but I wanted to talk about the underlying problem. Women, for some reason we have given up our rights when it comes to our health. We allow the medical community to tell us how we are feeling and what we should want. We don’t typically do this in any other situation. We have been fighting for equality for hundreds of years, and then we give up in the face of the medical establishment.
You are in charge of your health. You have the right to say no to anything you don’t like or agree with. Physicians are NOT smarter than you. You have been with your body the longest and know it best. You may not be able to articulate the problem, but you know when there is one. Your instincts are good. Trust them.
What is happening to birth in the hospital system is outrageous. If the population really understood that a lot of modern medicine has not made birth safer, we would be expecting better from our obstetricians and hospitals. I’m not saying throw the baby out with the bath water, I’m saying let’s use some common sense. We should be publishing outcomes from hospitals. I know if you really look, you can get that information from your local hospitals, but it’s difficult and you really have to be looking for it. We have a caesarean section rate of upward to 60% in some hospitals. Texas, has the worst maternal/fetal outcomes in all the united states. California has the best.
The woman in this hospital was violated. Her wishes and concerns ignored. She is not an isolated incident. I hear this story over and over again. I am so angry with the system. However, it will never change until Women demand it changes. We can NOT be passive about our health care. We can NOT take a back seat and allow physicians to dictate our care. We need to educate ourselves, and let’s face it, the information is out there for us. When we are asking for medical care, and we are not being listened to or taken care of the way we would like, then go someplace else. Seek out alternatives. Look for less traditional care. Big pharma is dictating care for profit. In the US, why would doctors want us to get well or have a normal vaginal delivery. What use would they be if that were the case? The only answer I have today is, educate yourselves, and take charge of your health.
Jaelin Stickels, CNM, WHNP-BC, APRN, President & Cofounder – She is Online, LLC
Caroline Malatesta is a mother of four who lives in Alabama. For her fourth child, she had a very specific birth plan in place. She wanted a natural birth-a departure for Malatesta, who had epidurals and episiotomies while delivering her three other children.