||[Oct. 5th, 2006|07:59 am]
Because politics matter!
Hey everyone, I'm new here!|
My main interests in regard to politics are birth politics- rights of a laboring or pregnant woman, availability of homebirth services, etc. I'm also interested in rights of parents to make medical decisions regarding their children's health.
My background- I'm a SAH momma to one boy (who is nearly 3), and soon to be momma of a little girl, who is due next week. No real educational/professional background to speak of at the moment, though I will be attending school online in a few months (I'd like to major in journalism, but can't find a legit school online). I'm somewhat of a soft-spoken natural childbirth and breastfeeding activist. By "soft-spoken" I mean that I try to inform people who are interested, but I don't like to push my ideas on anyone.
OK, so I do have a question that I am hoping someone will be able to help me out with. I have a friend who was given an unnecessary episitomy during birth, even though she was vocal about not wanting one. I know that patients have a right to refuse any medical treatment they deem unnecessary. If she's able to prove that it was unnecessary (probably by having a different OB examine her charts), what legal actions could she take against this OB? Someone has mentioned assault, and the EMTALA came into my mind, but I haven't been able to find anything about it online.