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Please share your stories of insurance discrimination!

I’m forwarding this from ICAN.  Please forward far and wide.  We have the government’s attention.  They are ready to hear our stories.  Let’s turn the frustration, anger, and pain into real change!

If you have have discriminated against due to your prior cesarean, our government needs to hear about it!

ICAN needs stories about discriminatory [...]

More from Time VBAC vs. RCS Author Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul, who wrote the article The Trouble with Repeat Cesareans two days ago, published Childhood without Choice on the Huffington Post yesterday.

I’d like to thank Pamela for drawing more attention to this issue in a passionate, yet clear and concise way.  But where did her passion originate?  Turns out, she is a fellow [...]

Article in Time Magazine examining VBAC vs. Repeat Cesarean

What a great piece on VBAC vs. repeat cesarean. It gives an excellent summary of the history of VBAC, the influence of ACOG’s recommendations, as well as how malpractice insurance effects the choices available to women with prior cesareans.

A couple excerpts:

Indeed, the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), a grass-roots group, recently called 2,850 [...]

OB lists reasons for rising cesarean rate

7/13/10:  I updated this article, almost two years to the day it was originally published, in response to some comments left on a message board indicating that some women believed after reading the article that I thought all cesareans were unnecessary.  Of course, nothing can be further from the truth.  There are many reasons for [...]

Does insurance pay when you leave the hospital AMA?

The more I read about women birthing in hospitals, the more stories I read of women who are lied to and threatened.  It is really eroding my confidence in doctors and hospitals.  You can read two examples here and here.  If we can’t trust what they say, how can we trust when they tell us [...]

Florida law mandates that insurance covers homebirth

Found this blog where another woman uses Florida law to get her insurance to cover her homebirth.

Here is Florida Statute Number 627.6574, but it’s section 7 that spells it out very clearly.  I’ve bolded it for your reading pleasure….

1) Any group, blanket, or franchise policy of health insurance that provides coverage for maternity [...]

Going to the hospital for financial reasons

This is an incredible post I’m sharing with permission.  So often I hear of women who chose to birth in a hospital simply because their insurance pays for it.  Or they don’t want to hire a doula for their hospital birth because their insurance doesn’t pay for it.  How much is a normal, vaginal birth [...]

ICAN’s Response to Insurance Companies Rejecting Women with History of Cesarean

*Insurance Companies Rejecting Women with History of Cesarean*

*Some Companies Require Surgical Sterilization for Coverage; *

*Trend Gives New Imperative to Learn Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean*

Redondo Beach, CA, June 1, 2008 – As reported in today’s New York Times,ICAN has begun tracking an alarming new trend of insurance companiesrefusing to provide [...]

Once a cesarean, you become uninsurable?

Things are harder once you have a cesarean – limited future childbirth options, future potential complications in your own body, future potential complications with babies, future potential complications getting and staying pregnant, and now complications with insurance.  I read this article in the New York Times and my stomach turned.  This is yet one more [...]

Letter to Insurance Requesting Homebirth Coverage

Below is a letter I’m posting with permission from the poster.  I’m sharing it here because I hope that others would benefit from the structure as this letter resulted in CIGNA covering their home birth after initially rejecting their claim.

The strength of this letter lies in a few key pieces of information.  First, it [...]