Mother reported for refusing caesarean
By Clara Pirani
February 04, 2005
Women's rights groups have slammed a hospital's decision to report a woman to child welfare authorities after she refused a caesarean birth.The case has sparked a debate between doctors and midwives about the safety of vaginal births after caesareans and the rights of mothers to choose how they give birth.
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital claims it was complying with new laws that require medical staff to consider the wellbeing of the unborn child.
Queensland Health, on behalf of the hospital, reported Mandelaine Dagan to the Child Safety Department after she failed to show up for pre-natal classes and cancelled a caesarean last Thursday.
Ms Dagan previously had two children by caesarean but, against doctor's advice, wanted to have a vaginal birth, allegedly at home. The hospital refused and reported her.