Should Epidurals And C-Sections Paid For Through Medicaid Be Banned?

Utah Sen. Dan Liljenquist is proposing a new way to cut state Medicaid costs - cut all elective epidurals and...
Utah Sen. Dan Liljenquist is proposing a new way to cut state Medicaid costs - cut all elective epidurals and elective c-sections for women on Medicaid. According to the Daily Herald, Liljenquist says, "Do we save some kid or make birth easier?" and then pointed out that the waiting list for Medicaid in Utah just for the disabled has reached 4,400 people. Liljenquist feels his plan could save millions for the state. Considering that epidurals are used in 90% of Utah Medicaid births, he could be right about saving money, but really, is this a good place to start cutting costs? "The question is what's elective," Liljenquist says but as someone who I'm sure has NOT gone through childbirth, he really shouldn't be speaking on the topic right? Personally I'm very against epidurals and c-sections as routine procedures. I think both are overdone. However, I'm also against banning women from the birth they need or want and also, in some cases epidurals are not 100% on the elective fence. Take my birth. I was in labor for almost an entire day (I'm talking the 24 hour day - I went into labor about 2am and my son was born a full day later at 4am) and I had no epidural for most of it. On top of that, because of complications, I had pitocen during labor, so yeah, it wasn't pretty, but I was DEAD-SET against drug pain relief during labor. I used various non-drug pain relief options, which didn't work great, but I was dedicated. After some odd 18 hours or labor and no sleep I was exhausted. Finally I was so tired that my midwife and doctor said a c-section was likely if I didn't get some rest. So I said I’d take drugs over a c-section. I got the epidural which allowed me to sleep and then managed to have a vaginal delivery. Had I not had the epidural I seriously doubt I'd have been able to manage a vaginal birth. So, while I wasn't thrilled with the epidural, I was happy to avoid surgery. Case in point - Epidurals aren't always taken totally on an elective basis. In my case it wasn't safe or feasible to continue labor without an epidural and still have a vaginal birth. I don't think it's smart to ban any labor or birth options. I think women should have access to home-birth, midwives, doctors and all sorts of pain relief as well. Yes, I hope women make informed decisions about the pain relief options they choose and hope they realize how overdone labor and birth interventions are, but to cut any options from an already insufficient childbirth system is insane. What we need is more education for women about safer childbirth so that women who don't really need epidurals or c-sections will make smarter choices, but a ban? That's a terrible idea. Especially when you consider that more and more workplaces are cutting health care benefits. Even people with jobs use Medicaid nowadays. All I can say is that this is clearly the idea of a man who will NEVER have to go through labor or childbirth - and before you slam me and say childbirth affects fathers too, trust me I get it, but in no way does childbirth affect men and women the same. It never will. What do you think? Should elective c-sections and epidurals be banned from Medicaid? *Source

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