I wonder sometimes if I am really doing ANYTHING of value these days. I have an open door at the local hospital concerning VBAC’s, as in, they won’t let me have one and by them refusing I could create a HUGE media frenzy and demand appointments with hospital administration. And probably get them. I might. At the very least, I’d like a local paper to do an interview or something regarding the fact that I have no choice in birthing my baby unless I can afford to drive to Kansas City or Columbia. I might write a letter to the editor at least. No doubt, small town, it won’t be published but I’m mulling it over.
The down side to being so public about things is that 1) they will have contat information should they get really peeved and send DFS out to visit after they discover I’ve had a homebirth. There’s nothing they can LEGALLY do, but it would be a headache nonetheless. 2) they would, no doubt, remember me if I ever am practicing in this area and have a transport. So I’m trying to weight out those factors plus the stress of fighting a battle like this while pregnant. Not sure I want to, but I hate passing up the opportunity too for other women who could be helped by it.
It seems to me, that if one woman would start the ball rolling and then when the inevitable happens (ie: “We’re sorry ma’am but this is policy. We will take your suggestions to the board.” ) a group of women could storm the waiting rooms or parking lot with signs we might get something done. But then I have been told I am tenaciously optimistic. And that wasn’t a compliment. LOL Who knows what would really happen. Maybe I’m the only woman in the area bothered by this at all.
I think I was born in the wrong decade. :-/