• Doctor Who Abused Birthing Mother Denying Medical Rights Surrenders Medical License

    It has been a year and a half after a birthing mother's video went viral of a doctor cutting an episiotomy, despite the mother's numerous refusals and impassioned pleas for him to stop. Now, that particular doctor will no longer be practicing medicine. The advocacy group Improving Birth worked with the mother, Kimberly Turbin, to file a lawsuit against Dr. Alex Abbassi in June, but only recently have they learned that the doctor voluntarily surrendered his license in August. Advocates hope that this victory is just the beginning, and that this case will bring awareness to the abuse of childbearing women that is all too common. From the time the video went live on YouTube, public reaction was passionate. It was never that what happened to Kimberly Turbin was more violent than usual, or even out of the ordinary. It isn't. It is one of the reasons why doulas, or labor assistants, have become so popular. What made the difference was that the obstetrical violence, and utter disregard for the mother's right to refuse a medical procedure and being cut with a knife, was caught on video and posted on YouTube for all the world to see. For thousands of women, the video brought back memories of the violence that they, too, experienced in birth. Kimberly's courage in making the video public suddenly gave a voice to all the women who were shushed, ignored, or told to "just be thankful - at least you have a healthy baby." The video shines a spotlight on the very real violence that happens to birthing women all across the world, even in the U.S., where the medical system is theoretically supposed to be among the best in the world. It isn't, at least for birthing women, where the maternal mortality rate has more than doubled in the past 20 years. There are now 59 countries with better rates than the U.S. Some call what happened to Kimberly and many other women in childbirth "obstetrical violence." Others refer to it as "birth rape." Some simply say that it is a "denial of informed consent." In Ms. Turbin's federal lawsuit, as well as the police report against Dr. Abassi, the words used are "assault and battery."

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  • Doctor Who Abused Birthing Mother Denying Medical Rights Surrenders Medical License

    The disrespect of this doctor was obvious in his use of extremely coarse language ("butt-hole") and tone in the way he spoke to her. I thought his attitude predatory and disrespectful in the extreme.

  • Doctor Who Abused Birthing Mother Denying Medical Rights Surrenders Medical License

    Stuff like this is exactly why my wife and I have had two home-births with a midwife instead of going to the hospital. Most of the women we know who have had hospital births have reported similar stories, and almost all of them reported that the doctors forced their way over the mother's birthing plan. Our midwife has a stunning record of 0 rips or tears during childbirth and she has been delivering babies for years. It is sad how hospital birth is forced down our throats here in America. Birth is a natural process. It's so bad that I have actually been chastised or derided on multiple occasions by "concerned" people who think I am endangering my wife by doing it this way. It was my wife's choice before mine (I, too, thought it was scary at first) and we have had amazing experiences with both births.
  • Doctor Who Abused Birthing Mother Denying Medical Rights Surrenders Medical License

    Lots of docs are incompetent, abusive and many are arrogant ........ only a fool believers he bright. Just as bad, many with hold information pertinent to diagnosis, treatment, procedures ........ such as risk, possible complications and the degree of "relief" to be accomplished. They are afraid you will not agree to the procedure/surgery and money is their motivating desire. What is considered good treatment now may be considered barbaric in a decade. A friend of mine in the 50's was not even allowed to get out of bed to walk in labor which went on for over 16 hours ......... its common sense that one would squat from a standing position to deliver a baby ........... indian women, walking, would hold a tree, squat and push them out. If they could be srong about such simple common sense things, how much more wrong may they be about more complicated things.
  • Doctor Who Abused Birthing Mother Denying Medical Rights Surrenders Medical License

    So by voluntarily surrendering his license, can he pick up, move elsewhere, and open practice again? That would suck.