Many of the stories on this website point to the ob/gyns as the bad guys. While I believe there may be some doctors that use tactics and lies, it is overlooked that the doctors are just as misinformed and scared as the patients!
What disappointed me, however, was the NIH VBAC conference panel’s surprise at the misinformation and bait & switch tactics to which many women are subjected. I think when you are a VBAC supportive practitioner, it may be hard to believe that your colleagues practice in a manner like I describe below.
The unfortunate reality is that there is a huge segment of OBs who perform surgery under the guise of maternal/fetal health when in reality it is for their personal convenience. I have had the opportunity to hear that directly from OBs. Often the “healthy mom/healthy baby” reason is used in the midst of a repeat cesarean recommendation and I believe that is true in the birth story featured in Hospital VBAC turned CS due to constant scare tactics.
Q: Don’t hospitals ban VBAC because it is dangerous? A: They ban VBACs under the guise of patient safety. But patient safety is a euphemism for “we don’t have a good evidence-based reason to do it, other than we don’t want to get sued, it’s more expedient, and we make more money from c-sections—the hospital does, not necessarily the physician, but the hospital does—so we’re going to ban it because it’s easier for us, and we’re going to say it’s for patient safety because of the risk of rupturing the uterus.”