Here's the new policy announcement, released March 7:
Hudson Hospital & Clinics is committed to achieving the Triple Aim in our service to patients and families. We are dedicated to providing excellent patient experiences while delivering quality care at an affordable cost.
We have consistently experienced growth in our Birth Center volumes each year and want to ensure on-going safe patient outcomes for both mothers and newborns. It has been decided jointly by medical staff leadership and hospital administration to suspend vaginal breech deliveries immediately and these patients will be delivered by cesarean section.
Medical interventions will be employed, when needed, on all mothers and newborns, including transfers in, to assure the safety of the mother and newborn. This practice is in alignment with national medical standards of care and consistent with other hospitals in the region.
Gail Tully of Spinning Babies has been corresponding with an obstetrician who currently works at Hudson and has been offering vaginal breech births, VBAC, and vaginal twins for many years. She confirmed that the ban on vaginal breech births was an administrative policy decision and occurred despite no bad outcomes and no physician sanctions.
In the meantime, women in the Twin Cities area seeking physiologic breech birth, VBAC, or vaginal twins can work with Dr. Dennis Hartung at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, MN.
If you'd like to express your disappointment with these new policies and your support for patient autonomy, please contact Hudson Hospital. Even if you don't live near the Twin Cities, make your voice heard. Let's get women from all over the country--and all across the world--urging Hudson Hospital to reinstate vaginal breech birth and uphold patient autonomy. This may be a small hospital, but the new policy has a HUGE significance for the rights of childbearing women.
Gail Tully commented: "Robbi Hegelberg (715-531-6012) and the other board members need to hear why we won't be referring hospital birthing parents to Hudson any longer and that refusing informed consent and informed refusal is in violation of a woman's right as a patient and as a human being. Volumes of mail, calls, emails, and social network posts will make a difference."
Who to contact:
405 Stageline Road
Hudson, WI 54016
- Patients have a right to informed consent, which includes the right to refuse treatment--including cesarean for breech presentation.
- Refer to Hudson's Patients Rights and Responsibilities (PDF), which states:
- If you live in the area, let Hudson Hospital know you will be taking your business elsewhere.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Obstetric Practice issued the following recommendation on vaginal breech birth in 2006: "The decision regarding the mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider...Planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific protocol guidelines for both eligibility and labor management." A blanket ban on vaginal breech birth, especially when there are trained, experienced physicians willing to offer breech birth, goes against this recommendation.
Except in emergencies, the consent of the patient or of the patient’s legally authorized representative shall be obtained before treatment is given.
All patients have the right to be informed concerning their continuing health care needs, course of treatment, prognosis for recovery, and alternatives to meet these needs in terms the patient can understand.
Any patient may refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law and is informed of the medical consequences of the refusal.
If you contact Hudson Hospital expressing your concerns about this new policy, you can enter to win this hand-dyed linen ombré sling. Let's make it clear that we care about patient autonomy and access to vaginal breech birth!
Rules of entry:
- Contact Hudson Hospital by Monday, March 18.
- Leave a comment letting me know you've contacted Hudson Hospital. Feel free to include details of how the conversation went, copies of your letter, etc.
- One additional entry if you share this call to action on Facebook, Twitter, your local birth network, etc. (new comment, please).
- Open to anyone, anywhere in the world. (Non-US residents are kindly asked to pay shipping costs.)
- Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 19.