A Florida mom, pregnant with her fifth child, is furious because she says her obstetrician has threatened to send the police to her home so they could take her to the hospital and force her to give birth via C-section. Lisa Epsteen's pregnancy is considered high risk because she's already given birth to her other four children via C-section and she's a week past her due date. But Epsteen is convinced she should be given the chance to attempt to give birth to her fifth child vaginally, despite her doctor's concerns.  

Amazingly, her obstretician actually agreed with her at the beginning of her pregnancy, even though VBACs can be extremely risky, especially after four C-sections. When I decided to have a VBAC with my second child, I had to search high and low for an obstetrician who'd be willing to do it because of the risk. 

Read more ¿Qué más?: What I did to have a successful VBAC instead of a C-section

Even though I was able to successfully deliver my second child vaginally, I always knew that if anything changed during my pregnancy or at the moment of delivery and my son's life or mine was in jeopardy, I'd be more than willing and ready to have another C-section. I'm sure that after four kids, Epsteen has to be aware of the dangers she's exposing both herself and her baby by refusing her doctor's orders to give birth via C-section. I simply can't understand why she continues to insist on a vaginal birth. 

The worst part is that her doctors told her on Tuesday that her baby's in distress and her gestational diabetes is not helping matters either. But instead of heeding her doctor's advice, Epsteen has gotten in touch with the National Advocates for Pregnant Women who agree that what her doctor has done is both illegal and unethical. 

As someone who had a successful VBAC, I'm the first one to defend other women's rights to be given the opportunity to do the same thing. But this case is totally different and I think it's unfathomable that Epsteen is willing to put her baby's and he own life at risk for no reason at all. I hope she doesn't regret it!

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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Kgmmw
Wow! She needs to stop being selfish and think about her baby's health.
mari1964

well i think she needs to get her ass up and let the doctors do there job if she loves her baby but she wants to be selfish she will be sorry at the end .... my sister in law did that same shit and they did the c-section baby came out fine until 24 hours later the baby got sick and died a week ........

There is nothing wrong with a VBAC, and if that is the birth that the mother chooses then she should find a provider who will support her in her choices. This dr sounds money hungry. If he doesnt want to give her the birth she wants, then he just needs to drop her from his care instead of threatening her. She isnt broken, she doesnt need fixed, she does need support and understanding.

well since she has gestetional diabetes i guess it would be for the best to get a c-section, if it werent because of that i would say that the doctor is doing something unethical all women should be able to give birth vaginaly even if she has had a previous c-section as long as the mother is a good candidate

 

i have had 4 c-sections iknow the risks of trying to have a vagianal birth after so many c-sections this person is SELFISH this person is only thinking about her self but hey its her freakin life right
*put her baby's and he own life at risk* misspell or grammar? Her body, mind and soul. We have no rights to make decisions for others weather we think they are right or wrong. Something that is none of or business is now. What if someone told you were wrong for how you felt? That is what is wrong with the world today!
nanet...

I wish the young expectant mother could give birth naturally,  I can feel for her.

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