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Have a little faith

The Aspen Valley Hospital’s decision to stop performing vaginal births for women who have previously had caesarean sections saddens and concerns me. This is perhaps another situation where insurance companies and/or fear of litigation dictates our health care. What’s next? This is a concern for us all.

I agree with George Lily in that this is a fear-based response to an unfortunate piece of research. Too often one study is heeded and volumes of substantial information is dismissed.

You are ignoring your own expert, Dr. Harling, who has apparently assisted in over 300 VBACs successfully in the past 10 years and is a strong advocate.

In the July/August issue of Mothering Magazine, an article by Diane Korte states, “A mountain of research shows that both babies and their mothers benefit from a subsequent vaginal birth. According to such organizations as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and midwives everywhere, babies are healthier, mothers have fewer problems, and both go home from the hospital sooner after VBACs.”

Have a little faith. Faith in your staff, faith in your patients to make responsible decisions, and faith in the human body to do what it has been doing, with or without your help, since time began.

Were there any women on the AVH board Monday, or was this another medical decision made by men for women?

Lisa Kistner


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