Hey Doc, You Could Have Just Asked.

Please read this woman’s story of her hospital birth, and how “routine” yet unwanted procedures were done without her consent, and perhaps unnecessarily. Her ability to find the strength to speak out about this is inspirational. She’s handling this exceptionally well, and doing a great job of raising awareness of one aspect of how our health care system is broken.

I’m sure there are people out there that had a fantastic hospital birth experience. However, this doesn’t happen for everyone. This woman’s story also depicts the necessity of asking questions and getting involved in your own health care, especially when planning birth the way you want it. It’s great to talk with your doctor and the hospital staff about their routine practices, and if you want any special arrangements or have certain requests. If you’re most comfortable with a hospital birth, you can also look into having a Doula with you, who will know your birth plan and desires, and advocate for you while you’re busy doing other things…you know, like having a baby.

The delivery of health care in the U.S. is an incredibly complex, frustrating, mind-boggling system. This woman hits the nail on the head when she uses the term “patient consumerism.” While doctors have taken oaths to “do no harm” while treating the patient, in theory they must do so in a vacuum. However, they work in a world that is increasingly detaching them from the patient by use of forms and coding and standardized care protocols and finite increments of time for billing, and insurance, insurance, insurance. This woman feels betrayed by her physicians because they didn’t take a few moments to simply ask her consent, when she was in a position to contemplate the risks and benefits and make her own decision for her own health and the health of her baby.

 

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