An Arizona mother who compared her hospital’s policy of not allowing VBACs to rape has come up with a solution to her dilemma: She’s moving 350 miles away to have her baby.
Joy Szabo (who infuriated Strollerderby’s commenters with her choice of words) can’t convince Page Hospital to let her deliver her fourth child vaginally because she’s had a prior c-section. Her third child was delivered vaginally in their hospital, but administrators have since changed their policy and refuse to budge.
So the Szabos set out to find a hospital that would allow them the birth they wanted, and they found one … five hours away. Next month Joy will move 350 miles away from her husband and three boys to have the baby without the support of her husband, family, or friends.
Her husband, Jeff Szabo told CNN:
“With our other sons, her labor only lasted three hours. It’ll take me five hours to get to Phoenix. Of course I’m scared that I won’t be there. It’s my job as the dad to make sure the baby’s OK after the birth, to follow him around and make sure he has 10 fingers and 10 toes. Now the chances of that happening are slim to none.”
According to CNN, about half of the hospitals in the U.S. have banned VBACs.
While I disagree with Szabo’s comparison — that her c-section would be like rape — I can’t help but sympathize with her position. At the same time, Page Hospital has a right to protect itself from litigation. Szabo should have the right to do what she wants with her own body, but if she knowingly puts herself at risk, then the health care providers who help her deserve some protection. That’s just not possible with the system we have today.
What do you think about Szabo’s decision to move away? And would you have gone to similar extremes?