ACOG has taken a commendable first step in releasing the results of their survey this week: the changes OBs have been making to their practices due to fear of litigation are harming their patients.
"By publicizing the widely known fact that defensive medicine is aggressive and harmful to women seeking maternity care, ACOG has taken a profound step in openly admitting and sharing data that women’s options are being severely restricted and iatrogenic injuries are occurring on a large scale due to physician fears."And you know what? I applaud them, as have some other birthing advocates in their response to the news. A common response is "It's a start," and "At least it's a first step." I agree, and would add that admitting you have a problem is the hardest part.
I look forward to the rest of their recovery, especially the "examining past errors with the help of a sponsor", "making amends for these errors", "learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior" and "helping others that suffer from the same addictions or compulsions". And I definitely know a few OBs who could benefit from the Serenity Prayer now and again.
Keep coming back. It works if you work it.