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Doctor threating to call cops on pregnant woman..

Posted by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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Doctor sends a pregnant woman an email saying he'll tell the police to bring her to the hospital after she refuses to have a C-section a week after her due date

  • Florida mom, 35, is pregnant with her fifth baby
  • Gave birth to her first four children via C-section but wants a natural birth this time even though multiple doctors said it is a high-risk pregnancy

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER


A Florida doctor sent his pregnant patient an email saying that he would call the police and have them force her to the hospital after she refused to give birth to her high-risk child.

The case is still going on as Lisa Epsteen refuses to give in and have a C-section even though that is the way she gave birth to her first four children.

When Mrs Epsteen, 35, became pregnant with her fifth child, she resolved to have a vaginal birth even though some view that as a more difficult and potentially complicated process after having given birth via caesarean four previous times.

Sticking to her plan: Lisa Epsteen, 35, gave birth to her four prior children via C-section though she refuses to take multiple=

Sticking to her plan: Lisa Epsteen, 35, gave birth to her four prior children via C-section though she refuses to take multiple doctor's advice and have a similar procedure for her fifth child even though he is at risk and a week past his due date

According to The Tampa Bay Times, her due date passed a week ago, she had a worrying doctor's appointment on Friday, and then another one on Tuesday where other doctors asked her to stay in the hospital and give birth right then.

She brushed those concerns away and stuck to her plan to give birth naturally, but the moment where she got truly upset was when her physician, Dr Jerry Yankowitz, sent her the threatening note in an effort to push her into action.

Expert: Dr Jerry Yankowitz is the head of obstetrics at the University of South Florida hospital and he sent her an email saying he would call police if she didn't go to the hospital immediately

Expert: Dr Jerry Yankowitz is the head of obstetrics at the University of South Florida hospital and he sent her an email saying he would call police if she didn't go to the hospital immediately

'I am deeply concerned that you are contributing to a very high probability that your fetus will die or your child will incur brain damage if born alive. At this time, you must come in for delivery,' Dr Yankowitz wrote in the letter.

He is the chairman of the University of South Florida's obstetrics and gynecology department, and though he initially agreed to take Mrs Epsteen on as a patient and help her towards a vaginal birth, the circumstances have changed.

'I would hate to move to the most extreme option, which is having law enforcement pick you up at your home and bring you in, but you are leaving the providers of USF/TGH no choice,' he wrote.

'In a couple of hours there are going to be cops on my doorstep taking me away from home — in front of my children — to force me into having surgery.'

Instead of sending her speeding out to the hospital, Mrs Epsteen got angry and reportedly told the Tampa Bay Times that she called a support group called National Advocates for Pregnant Women because she felt his actions were illegal.

The group sided with her in spite of the fact that multiple doctors told her that her baby was in distress on Tuesday, and that because she had developed gestational diabetes she was at an additionally high risk point in her pregnancy.

When doctors at the University of South Florida hospital told her that she should give birth right then, she determined that their joint concern was unfounded, and felt that it was the wrong time to give birth because no one would be able to watch her 2-year-old child and her husband was still at work with no way to get to the hospital since she had used the family's only car.

Water views: Doctors at USF wanted her to stay and have the baby after an appointment on Tuesday but she refused because there would be no one to watch her 2-year-old child and her husband was unable to get out of work

Water views: Doctors at USF wanted her to stay and have the baby after an appointment on Tuesday but she refused because there would be no one to watch her 2-year-old child and her husband was unable to get out of work

The New York-based advocacy group had a lawyer call the doctor and tell him to stop his threats against Mrs Epsteen.

'The threat he was making was both legally and ethically unjustifiable,' the group's attorney Farah Diaz-Tello said to the Tampa Bay Times.

Even though she has been so adamantly opposing having a C-section for the fifth time- repeatedly refusing various doctor's suggestions and even going against the news that her baby boy is not in an ideal position for a vaginal birth- she went ahead and scheduled one on Friday.

'Honestly, I feel abandoned. There has to be a level of trust between provider and patient, and that has been betrayed,' she told The Tampa Bay Times.

In light of the legal action, Dr Yankowitz sent a follow-up email saying that he will not send the police to get her but he remains convinced that 'you and your child are in jeopardy'.




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angie944
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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I think she is putting her baby at risk, and I think she is being selfish. Natural vaginal birth is wonderful under normal circumstances, but she is high rish, gestinal diabetes... not good... =(  

AHmom103
by Alexis on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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 Some people are really stupid. I understand wanting to have a child naturally, and I understand not just blindly following doctors orders. BUT, she has been told multiple times that her baby's life is in jeopardy. How can she find giving birth naturally to be more important than her childs life? Or than her own life, because after 4 c-sections, the chance of a uterine rupture during natural birth is much higher. That woman is a freaking lunatic.

angie944
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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I agree... Very selfish..  =(

Due9
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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She is a stubborn fool. They told her, her baby was in distress! What more does she want? She is putting her child at risk. I don't think the doctor can call police, unless he is planning on using some sort of "child endangerment" claim on her. But I do understand the doctor's concern. It's not only one doctor, it is several begging her to save her child's life by giving birth.

Mommy4-27-08
by Bronze Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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While I think the doctor should not have said that in the e-mail, I think this woman is being incredibly selfish with the life of her unborn child. She is being told her baby is in danger but instead she wanted to have a vaginal birth so bad she refuses to get her child the necessary help.

If a parent did this with a child who had already been born they would be charged with neglect of a child.
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ArisMom208
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

What a selfish bitch.

I hope her labor is HORRIBLY painful for her.

100x worse then usual

Cubanmom84
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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I am not a doctor, so I wouldn't know if it would be recommended that she would do that. I know that a C section is not a picnic but if u have done it four times before what would be the other option "oh yeah risk your life and the life of the child" that makes total sense.
The doctor did take it a bit too far, but she is refusing medical treatment for her unborn child...
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Kenre
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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It is her choice to do this. Give her a paper saying she refused treatment and that she knows death can happen. That is what they did with me and my first son.
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LoveMyKBabies
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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I could understand it if she'd had at least one successful vaginal birth & she didn't have a high risk pregnancy. But she didn't & she does. She is being selfish & I hope that baby doesn't pay the price :(
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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Multiple doctors are worried the baby is in distress and her condition has become unfavorable for a vaginal birth.

At the least, she could have asked for a trial labor and induction.  It sounds like this doctor was willing to work with her before, he might have been willing to at least TRY.  But she's refusing it all.

I'll pray for a safe outcome, but it really does worry me.  I've heard only 40% of VBACS are successful, and it doesn't say why her previous children were all C Sections.  They are trying to paint her out as a victim, but I just dont' see it.  It sounds like too much is left out of the story, but what is there looks bad on her.

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