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Hospital refusing a tubal (??)

My SIL is pregnant with her second (and last) baby and is planning a repeat c/s. She told her OB she a tubal during the procedure as well, but because she's delivering at a Catholic hospital they won't do it!  I guess private businesses can do whatever they want, but that seems a little 17th-century to me. I told her to find a different hospital.
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    I'm pretty certain this is completely common at Catholic hospitals due to their religious affiliation. In fact, I am almost positive they won't do vasectomies either. For their same reasoning, I won't have a tubal ligation. I told DH if he wants to do the snip snip, then that's his business as he isn't Catholic.
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    Wow, I've never heard of that happening before. Don't a lot of hospitals have religious affiliations? I would find a new hospital as well.

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    That happens quite often around here. Both major hospitals in our area are Catholic, so they don't offer any sort of birth control options. We had to go to Planned Parenthood for contraception. Even when I was hospitalized last summer after a mental breakdown, they asked if I was on any current medication. When I told them I was on the pill, they flat out told me they wouldn't give me my daily dose until I was discharged because it was against their practice. I come from a Catholic family and they were outraged by that.
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    No Catholic hospital will perform any procedure that is considered a form of birth control.
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    I think it's pretty common actually.  You'll also find certain OB offices that are affiliated with Catholic hospitals don't stock certain birth controls (but will stock others).  I know a lady at my work changed hospitals because they wouldn't tie her tubes when she delivered.
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    My SIL had the same thing happen to her because the closest hospital was Catholic. She changed hospitals so she could get a tubal after her 2nd c/s.
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    I agree that it is fairly common.  Many of them also don't offer any infertility services since they don't believe in ART. I used to work for a Catholic hospital and any form of bc (even for legit, medical reasons) wasn't covered by insurance.

    I think they have the right to do so and as a patient, you have the right to go somewhere else for care. Then again, I know that I am very fortunate to live in an area where I can go somewhere else and not have to travel very far.

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    I agree that it is fairly common.  Many of them also don't offer any infertility services since they don't believe in ART. I used to work for a Catholic hospital and any form of bc (even for legit, medical reasons) wasn't covered by insurance.

    I think they have the right to do so and as a patient, you have the right to go somewhere else for care. Then again, I know that I am very fortunate to live in an area where I can go somewhere else and not have to travel very far.

    And there's the rub. For the people who don't have the resources (or simple, physical capability) of going to another hospital, their health is compromised. 

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    It's very common in my area. I will have delivered at 3 catholic hospitals and none of them offer that. I'm not having a c/s tho, if I was, I do think I would deliver somewhere where it could be done since it is so convenient to have done during your c/s. I also work at a private, Catholic university(i'm not catholic) and our health benefits are great, but they do not cover birth control or sterilization at all because of their beliefs..
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    That's very common for a Catholic hospital.  That's part of the reason I refused to have this baby had a Catholic hospital even if it is one of the best in the state.  There are certain procedures (maternity care and regular care) they will not perform.  I always hate it when I am sent to a specialist at that hospital because I always wonder if I might get better options from a specialist not associated with that specific hospital.

    I will say so far I have never had an issue with any specialist or doctor at a Catholic hopsital but I know people who work at a public hospital and the Catholic hospital back home and there are some big differences.

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    Yes... we have two hospitals here in town and one will not do tubals.  I have a coworker who is having to switch docs midway through her pregnancy for this reason.
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    imageermaderma:

    I agree that it is fairly common.  Many of them also don't offer any infertility services since they don't believe in ART. I used to work for a Catholic hospital and any form of bc (even for legit, medical reasons) wasn't covered by insurance.

    I think they have the right to do so and as a patient, you have the right to go somewhere else for care. Then again, I know that I am very fortunate to live in an area where I can go somewhere else and not have to travel very far.

    And there's the rub. For the people who don't have the resources (or simple, physical capability) of going to another hospital, their health is compromised. 

    But you can argue that getting a tubal or not being able to undergo infertility procedures are elective procedures. I don't see their health being compromised in that regards.

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    My mom had her tubes tied at a Catholic hospital 30 years ago when she had me. It wasn't during a c/s either.

    I'm delivering at the same hospital (but thoughts of sterilization aren't in my mind, so I'm not worried).

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    I've also been told that they put a clause in all health insurance benefits that no contraceptives are covered for their employees.
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    imageLaComtesse:
    imageermaderma:

    I agree that it is fairly common.  Many of them also don't offer any infertility services since they don't believe in ART. I used to work for a Catholic hospital and any form of bc (even for legit, medical reasons) wasn't covered by insurance.

    I think they have the right to do so and as a patient, you have the right to go somewhere else for care. Then again, I know that I am very fortunate to live in an area where I can go somewhere else and not have to travel very far.

    And there's the rub. For the people who don't have the resources (or simple, physical capability) of going to another hospital, their health is compromised. 

    And just how is their health compromised because a Catholic hospital won't do a tubal or other contraceptive procedures? 

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    As Ophelia mentioned - It is absolutely 100% common practice at Catholic hospitals. We have one in our area and they do not do any sterilization of either person. They will refer you to a doctor at the next hospital 5mins away for it to be done.

    Also, bear in mind that most states have their own guidelines on having a tubal done. Mother needs to have had so many children and be of a certain age. Plus the paperwork must be signed in person with a doctor at least 90days prior after a full interview is done to make sure that is a firm decision on their behalf.  

    Some states and insurance require that both spouses sign the paperwork because there have been cases where wives have convinced their husbands to get vasectomies knowing they were going to leave them and vice versa. 

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