Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Human rights in childbirth: VBAC bans

A few human rights in childbirth cases in the news:

Low-income women in Oregon forced to have cesareans: 

If you are have a previous c-section, you might end up in Laura Blevins' shoes: no hospital providers in her area attended VBACs, yet Oregon Health Plan would not cover out-of-hospital VBACs. Laura had to pay out-of-pocket for birth center care in order to avoid an unnecessary cesarean and is now filing an appeal with the Oregon Health Plan. Read her full story on her blog or listen to this NPR piece. She started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for her legal expenses.

Laura Blevins
Colorado Legislation would ban VBAC at home:

This last-minute legislation would ban home birth midwives from attending VBACs. With around 50% of US hospitals already banning VBACs, this is a pressing human rights issue. Please sign the petition and, if you live in CO, contact your legislators!


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