Having experienced bullying during birth, my first reaction is sympathy for the mother and outrage at the hospital / medical professionals on her behalf. However I've seen enough of this sort of thing to know that one person ranting about mistreatment does not constitute evidence of abuse.
If her account is accurate, I feel very sorry for her and I hope she is able to recover psychologically from her experience. I also believe she is absolutely entitled to legal recourse and that the term "rape" is a fair one;
What else would you call it when a mother is screaming no, please, stop and another person is shoving their hand or an instrument into her body without her consent? Are we not allowed to say “no”? Is a doctor empowered to make my choices for me, hurt me or cut me and I’m not allowed at least the courtesy of saying “yes, I’d like that procedure done” or “no thank you, I’d prefer you not manually remove my placenta unless I’m bleeding out”?
Chantel commented on Apr 17 12 at 8:19 pm
That said, it angers me when I see people jumping up and down and wanting to sue at every turn. In this case, if we spoke to the OB or medical staff, or even read the records we may see a very different story.
Lets face it; birth sucks! Very few go 'according to plan' and even in the most wonderful, uplifting, positive birth stories; there are often regrets. It's something that can never be re-done so it's natural for us to reflect and wonder "what if?".
This culture of finding someone to blame can end up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. In this case; a c/s is very OB-friendly (from a legal perspective), so if medical professionals are constantly bombarded with legal claims their focus is likely to shift away from a mother's wishes (or even her individual welfare), toward covering themselves legally, leading to a higher c/s rate and so on and so forth.