A woman in Massachusetts was eight months pregnant when she gave very specific instructions to her OB. She told him that, since she had already delivered two children with the assistance of an epidural, she wanted her third baby to be born without the help of drugs. She wanted to truly experience a natural childbirth.
Her OB agreed and the countdown to the delivery began.
When the blessed event arrived, the mother labored through the pain until the time to push was almost upon her. Exhausted and in excruciating pain, she demanded an epidural because she could not continue. Unfortunately, the doctor told her it was entirely too late and that the best he could do for her would be a Valium mask to help her relax and get through.
She agreed and her healthy baby was quickly born without further incident.
Six weeks later, the woman returned for her post-partum follow-up and informed the doctor that she would be suing him. She had wanted a natural birth, he had not adhered to her wishes (despite agreeing in the throws of labor), and now he would have to answer to her lawyers.
When they went to court, she won.
He appealed, and he won.
It is now before the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
Who should win??
3 years ago