Pregnant Woman in Australia Gets a Visit from the Pitocin Police
Via The Daily Telegraph:
A HOSPITAL that wants a mother to have her baby induced sent police to her home after she failed to keep an appointment yesterday.
Rochelle Allan, who is reluctant to be induced even though her baby is 12 days overdue, was told by the hospital they intended to go ahead with the procedure when she came in.
But after speaking to her midwife following a visit to the hospital the day before, and being assured her baby was fine, she decided not to attend the hospital the next day.
Now Ms Allan is furious after the two police officers arrived on her doorstep after they were called by Bathurst Hospital.
Wanting a home birth, Ms Allan, 24, has been under the care of a private midwife and had been attending the hospital daily to monitor the baby’s health.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the police officers at my door,” Ms Allan said.
“They told me they had been asked by the hospital to check on my welfare because I had not attended.
“The hospital knew I did not want to be induced and they gave me no medical reason why I should be.”
Throughout her pregnancy, Ms Allan and her partner Daniel Jones have been regularly attending the hospital’s antenatal clinic for mandatory tests and scans to monitor the baby’s progress. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed police were sent to Ms Allan’s house to conduct a “welfare check”.
The spokeswoman said doctors were worried about the mother as she had previously complied with all appointments.
The article also stated that by late yesterday, Allan’s labor had begun and she was at home with her midwife.