Can a hospital refuse to treat me if I refuse a c-section?

Christine - posted on 04/12/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




So I am 35 weeks and I had a c-section with my son for completely none OB reasons, I was in an accident and had injured my eye. My doctors feel that they is no reason why I shouldn't be able to have a VBAC, but the hospital's policy is that you can't have a VBAC unless you have had a previous VBAC. I requested an exception from the hospital because of my special cirsumstances and they refused to even consider it. I love my doctors and trust them, and really don't want to go anywhere else, but I will not have another c-section because of a hospital policy when my docs don't even agree. I meet with my head OB tomorrow to discuss this but I have been trying to research my options. I know that legally they can't force me to have a c-section, and I also know that if I am too far along to have a c-section they still have to deliver the baby...but what I don't know is at what point could they still turn me away? If anyone knows of any statutes or other regulatory acts that define this I would really appreciate it.


Christine - posted on 04/12/2012




Sorry, to clarify... if you have had a c-section, you must have also had atleast one previous VBAC to try to have another VBAC...I have found though that it is extremely illegal and unethical supported both by statute and case law as well as the standards of American Medical Guidelines to refuse any treatment option for a patient. Not to mention that any medicare, medicaid provider is in direct violation of their federal contract by denying these option. I'm in Marquette, Michigan, USA. It's amazing to find that over 300 hospitals in the US have these VBAC bans although it has been ruled on several cases that it is in direct violation of patient's rights.


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Michelle - posted on 04/12/2012




It may help to know where you are. Each country, state, county, hospital is different regarding statutes.

If it was me I would be going elsewhere if that's the policy they have. Surely they can't refuse you for not wanting another c-section though.

Bonnie - posted on 04/12/2012




I'm really not sure. Sorry I can't be of any help. Just wondering though, you mentioned that the hospital's policy is that you can't have a VBAC unless you have had a previous VBAC? How does that work? I'm not completely understanding because in order to have had a previous VBAC you would have had to have a VBAC before which means they would have had to allow it for the first time beforehand. Or do they mean previously at another hospital? It still sounds odd.

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