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  #1  
May 9th, 2007, 07:09 PM
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how many children a couple has due to the number of cesections they have had?

One woman has 3 csections and the Dr says no more.
A different woman has a different Dr. and has had 7 csections.
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May 9th, 2007, 07:09 PM
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It depends on the health risk. I'd say no, though.
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May 9th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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I guess legally the doctor should have a right to refuse patients on that basis. But IMO the only people that have any right to decide how many children a couple are "allowed" is the couple themselves.
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May 9th, 2007, 07:12 PM
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I guess legally the doctor should have a right to refuse patients on that basis. But IMO the only people that have any right to decide how many children a couple are "allowed" is the couple themselves.[/b]

^^^ ITA. Plus, what's a doctor going to do when a woman that he told not to get pregnant again shows up at his office pregnant?
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May 9th, 2007, 07:14 PM
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He can give his recommendation, obviously... but he can't actually "decide". I mean, what's he going to do, pop into the couple's bedroom every night to make sure no funny business is going on?
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May 9th, 2007, 07:56 PM
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I think he/she can suggest that a woman not get pregnant again because of the medical risk to having another c-section (this number can vary based on each woman because every woman's body is different). The Dr also has the right to refuse a patient.

I don't see how he could keep a woman from getting pregnant again. If she is willing to take that risk then that is up to her.
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May 9th, 2007, 07:58 PM
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My experience is with Dani I had a (my first) scheduled c-section and he said it was a good thing I did because my uterine wall was extremely thin. But he never said anything about not having anymore children. I would question and get a second opinion on why they said that. I also would not want to have another and not be around to raise them.
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May 10th, 2007, 04:02 AM
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A doctor can't decide whether a woman becomes pregnant again. He can encourage her not to and explain to her the health risks involved. But what else is he going to do? Every doctor is different and has their own opinion. One may be okay with more kids and the other may think it's a bad idea. I think all he/she can do is refuse service to that patient.

If a doctor tells someone not to have anymore kids then I think they should get a second opinion just to be sure. Sometimes doctors don't always know best either.
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May 10th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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I really think is all depends on the type of labpr and healing process the women had. Me I have had one c-section. If I have anymore babies then I will be having another c-section. My pelvic bone is to small to give birth normally. I want just one more baby then im done so I will only be having 1 more c-section.
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May 10th, 2007, 05:27 AM
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I guess legally the doctor should have a right to refuse patients on that basis. But IMO the only people that have any right to decide how many children a couple are "allowed" is the couple themselves.[/b]

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May 10th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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I think the doctor should have the ability to refuse any patient he wishes--to prevent lawsuits if something goes wrong. As he legally can do. However, a person can do whatever they want as long as they can find a doctor to care for them. Doctors say these things because it is dangerous for the mother to continue, people need to take this into consideration.
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May 10th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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I think it has to do with an increased risk in hemmoraging during birth with a csection... I think the risk increases each time, and I think it's wise for a doctor to make a "recommendation", but there's nothing that says that he can say a woman is not "allowed" to have another csection (or conceive another child).

Really, those decisions can only be made by the parents of the child, but I don't think it's wise to ignore a doctor's recommendations. I don't think that three c-sections is as big of a risk as seven, though. There's a woman in my DDC who has had either 4 or 5, and is having her last one this pregnancy (in August). Each one becomes more risky, and there's always also the risk of pre-term labor as well.

But again, I dont' think a doctor should be able to make this decision... he can suggest and recommend what's best for the health of the mother, but what is he going to do when she gets pregnant again? All he can do is refuse to see her.
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May 10th, 2007, 07:23 AM
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A doctor can make recommendations and refuse to see a patient but, obviously, the only people that can make that decision is the couple/woman.
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May 10th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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I think the doctor should have the ability to refuse any patient he wishes--to prevent lawsuits if something goes wrong. As he legally can do. However, a person can do whatever they want as long as they can find a doctor to care for them. Doctors say these things because it is dangerous for the mother to continue, people need to take this into consideration.[/b]
I agree. They don't say this just because they want to, it's a health risk to have many c-sections (4+), plain and simple.
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May 11th, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Should a Dr. be able to decide how many children a couple has due to the number of cesections they have had?[/b]
Well, any doctor can offer an opinion. What makes me mad is when women want to be fixed and the doctor won't do it because she hasn't had enough children in that doctor's opinion.

I think I agree with everyone here.. It's a recommendation. Get a second opinion.. then make the decision if that doctor is right.

(I'm sure this doctor would be willing to fix her.)
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May 11th, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Should a Dr. be able to decide how many children a couple has due to the number of cesections they have had?[/b]
Well, any doctor can offer an opinion. What makes me mad is when women want to be fixed and the doctor won't do it because she hasn't had enough children in that doctor's opinion.

I think I agree with everyone here.. It's a recommendation. Get a second opinion.. then make the decision if that doctor is right.

(I'm sure this doctor would be willing to fix her.)
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I totally agree with being aggrevated because of a doctor or a hospital deciding you can not get your tubes tied. I would of had that procedure after Dani but I would of had to gone to a totally different hospital that I was not familiar with to do it. I was not willing to do that and thank goodness because Dani was in heart failure and we where in the best hospital in St. Louis to deal with that. If a woman wants her tubes tied neither a doctor nor a hospital should say no to that.
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May 11th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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It's up to the individual Dr and what sort of risk they are willing to take. The risks increase with each c-section. Some dr.s may be willing to take on the risk of doing a 5th c-section on a woman while others won't. Simple fact is if a Dr. does a 3rd, 4th, 5th c-section on a woman and then she is injured or dies as a result of complications linked to the fact that she had previous c-sections, well, then that dr. can be sued for malpractice. If a woman really wants another baby and has to have another c-section and her current dr says no.... just find another dr imo. There is always going to be one willing to do it I'm sure... or just get pg and go from there. The dr can't really tell you no. The dr can only suggest that having another baby isn't a good idea.
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May 11th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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Funny, my problem has always been the OB pushing me to get a tubal when I do not want one.... at every single prenatal visit. You would think he'd be eager for repeat business.
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