Here we go http://www.news.com.au/national/birt...-1226104875305
A RECORD $33.2 million in secret payouts have been made in the past year over bungled births in Victoria's public hospitals.
Victorian Managed Insurance Authority figures reveal the payouts were made in compensation for 29 botched obstetric cases in the year to June 30.
A further $4 million was paid to two claims over newborns, while across all specialties 154 patients received more than $57 million.
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You cannot deny that certain interventions performed during labour have risks, and that if you don't have the intervention then there is no risk of that particular side effect. You can't have an epidural headache without first having an epidural.
Women have homebirths for many reasons. I know a lot of homebirthers, it's the circle I run with, all of them have their own specific reasons but it all boils down to them doing what they believe is best for their baby. No one has ever told me they wanted to birth at home to meet the status quo. No one has ever told me they were doing it for the gold stars and panpipe meditation CD.
Saying that women should birth in hospital because we want the baby safe and if you're not in hospital then you clearly care about something else is insulting.
and the insurance companies would never pay up unless there was clear negligence on behalf of the drs/hospitals. Birth goes wrong in hospitals, HB's, FB's, vb's, c/s.
I think the issue is if it's a HB or FB it plastered all over the news. A hospital stuff up, it's secret hush money.
Then there's people like me that should have sued but didn't have the financial means nor have the emotional ability to endure a court case. That doesn't mean I wouldn't have won. I had a very strong case for compensation, it was malpractice, no question.
Super Trooper (19-06-2012)
I truly believe the damage to my body wouldn't have occurred in a homebirth setting. I felt as though I was being rushed along in hospital. I was poked, prodded, yelled at... If I had've been given time for my baby to get in the right position and if I hadn't clammed up every time I was yelled at, I feel I would've been able to push when I was ready and not when they yelled at me to.
I still suffer 6 years on.
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