Why are VBAC not allowed at local hospitals? State, National, International, posted by Why?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm
The last time I checked, the body that is carrying my baby is mine. I recently moved to the area and have come to learn through a local OB practice that I cannot pursue a VBAC - not because of my health or any other reason that points to the viability based on my body, but rather "hospital policy" at two local hospitals. I am going to have to find a doctor out of town and travel a considerable distance to deliver my baby in order to give labor a try, and that is assuming I make it to that hospital in time.
I am shocked. What is the deal in this community? Since when do doctors and hospital adminstrators get to decide how I deliver my child as a policy?
I'm researching this issue and wondered if anyone else in this community has pursued this issue locally? Or have any insight to a possible local resource?
I am a new resident and have no family in this state. If I have to endure an unnecessary C, I will have no help and am at great risk of injury. How is this sane?
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I don't know about the local hospitals, but I think you can have that at Washington Hospital in Fremont (Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Fremont partners with them). It is a 20-30 min. drive from here assuming non-commute hours. Is that too considerable of a distance?
Posted by Jill, a resident of the Carlton Oaks neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2009 at 8:13 am
My understanding is that the reason ValleyCare won't do VBACs is that the standard protocol for VBAC requires that an obstetrician be in the hospital throughout labor, so they can intervene immediately in the case of uterine rupture. The OBs that serve ValleyCare work on a call basis and typically only come in when they're needed.
Presumably, if you could get your OB to be in the hospital throughout your labor, you could do a VBAC at ValleyCare. Otherwise, yes, you have to find a hospital with different staffing.
Posted by Why?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:21 am
Cholo, or whatever your name is,
I came to this forum because I am new to this area and wanted to get some insight from other community members (implied by the name "Town Forum").
I am not sure why you posted your comment to a pregnant woman. It was not helpful. I am expecting a baby, find myself in a difficult situation and I do not appreciate your comment.
Thankfully you are by far the exception of all the people I have met in this community. For that I am thankful.
I was also given information recently that John Muir also "allows" VBAC's as well as Alta Bates. I appreciate the info on Fremont. I need to choose a new medical group immediately as I had to recently fly home for an appointment...obviously not conducive for the future.