Doctors at a hospital in Fayetteville, NC performed a very unnecesary C-section …as in, on someone who was not pregnant. Remind me again why the C-section rate is so high?
According to the Fayetteville Observer , two gynecologists were issued “public letters of concern” after not only trying to induce a woman who was not pregnant, but then following up with an attempted C-section. The incident happened at the aptly named Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Granted, the woman was suffering a sort of psychosis, called pseudocyesis, in which she believe she was pregnant, but she is not a trained medical professional. A resident took the woman’s word for it and the staff apparently acquiesced to her request for a C-section.
In her own defense, one of the practitioners (who will be allowed to continue practicing) said,
It wasn’t something I thought I’d have to check behind somebody on. The bottom line is the woman convinced everybody she was pregnant.
Uh, no lady. The bottom line is that you are a doctor. And this woman *could not have been in labor*. And if y’all are going to tell women how to give birth, could you please give us the courtesy of checking whether we’re pregnant first?