Hospital's birth policy change sparks rally

  • Associated Press
  • August 5, 2014 - 6:15 AM

HUDSON, Wis. — A change in birthing policies at a western Wisconsin hospital is drawing protests from some expectant mothers and other women.

The policy change is over how pregnant women can give birth and it drew a small demonstration Monday outside Hudson Hospital.

The new policy says once a woman has cesarean section, she must have another one when giving birth again at the hospital. KSTP-TV ( ) says the hospital issued a statement which says medical staff and administrators decided to suspend vaginal births after cesarean sections — or VBACs — beginning Aug. 31. The hospital says it doesn't have enough staff to adequately monitor the births.

Laura Nelson gave birth to her first child by C-section and is 8 months pregnant with her second child. Nelson says the policy change is stressful and frustrating. Nelson plans to switch doctors.

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