I am back in New York and I have a lot of posting to catch up on but wanted to let you all know that while I was relaxing and shopping in Vienna, Jill at Unnecesarean has been busy putting up a series of excellent posts about Defensive Medicine. For thosed who do not know the term, a quick definition: "Defensive medicine occurs when doctors order tests, procedures, or visits, or avoid high-risk patients or procedures, primarily (but not necessarily or solely) to reduce their exposure to malpractice liability. When physicians do extra tests or procedures primarily to reduce malpractice liability, they are practicing positive defensive medicine. When they avoid certain patients or procedures, they are practicing negative defensive medicine.”
There are a lot of posts and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. I am still working my way through it but if you are interested in intervention-free (or even just vaginal!) childbirth, it is definitely worth a look. More later.