Read about it here.
Basically, a woman who the Hospital has decided is 12 days "overdue" to pop her baby out chose not to attend an induction appointment made for her by the Hospital (because she didn't want to be induced, as she saw no medical reason to do so - regular testing and the Hospital themselves had repeatedly shown her that she and her baby were doing just fine) and so the Hospital sent the police to her door.
Because a pregnant woman made the foolish error of believing she had any right to bodily integrity and choice about the safety of her and her unborn child.
I'm not at all surprised, because I personally know of other homebirthing women who have had the exact same thing happen to them. (And then they got a DOCS visit after the baby was safely born, just to put the icing on the cake.) And I myself have experienced the bullying-to-induce that goes on every day in Hospitals around Australia (which, for me, culminated in a sneering, lying, domineering female Obstetrician shoving her hand inside me and ramming her fingers into my cervix, causing great pain and bleeding, just so I'd be a good girl and birth on her timetable. I, too, had an unwanted induction appointment foisted on me for the following day, but luckily, my body "behaved" itself and spat my baby out before the appointment). But my disgust and outrage never lessens.
The Hospital is now trying to spin their shock and awe tactics as "concern for the woman's welfare" because she didn't show for her (unwanted) induction appointment. I'm just wondering if they normally send police to, say, chemotherapy patients who don't show up for an appointment? Or perhaps for someone due for a bloodtest who doesn't show? Or even someone due for an operation who doesn't show up? No. Of course they don't. They might make a phone call querying where the no-show individual was, and they may even follow that up with another phone call, and maybe even another, and then perhaps a letter. But the police? Oh, no. That's reserved for silly little women with buns in the oven. Human incubators who can't be trusted to make their own choices and who need a jolly good scare to keep them in line.
The woman in question went on to birth her healthy baby safely at home with the care of her midwives. Good for her.
Fuck you, Bathurst Hospital, you repulsive ignorant pathetic little bullies.
- "Overdue" Pregnant NSW Woman Visited by Police for Missing Induction Appointment