After Caesareans, Some Women See Higher Insurance Cost

When the Golden Rule Insurance Company rejected her application for health coverage last year, Peggy Robertson was mystified.

“It made no sense,” said Ms. Robertson, 39, who lives in Centennial, Colo. “I’m in perfect health.”

She was turned down because she had given birth by Caesarean section. Having the operation once increases the odds that it will be performed again, and if she became pregnant and needed another Caesarean, Golden Rule did not want to pay for it. A letter from the company explained that if she had been sterilized after the Caesarean, or if she were over 40 and had given birth two or more years before applying, she might have qualified.

In response to questioning, Golden Rule Insurance Company spokesperson, Dr Josef Mengele said WE stand by our decision.

What horseshit! This Insurance Company, should have its ability to sell insurance stripped, sued and it directors sentenced to a MAX prison where they can play…BUTT BINGO!


6 Responses to “After Caesareans, Some Women See Higher Insurance Cost”

  1. mythusmage Says:

    You have seen the foul editing job done at the NYT to the story after you posted?

  2. tizona Says:


    I consider the NYT..foul. In fact birds get pissed when their cages are lined with it.

  3. Eggz Says:

    The insurance Co., objecting to forking out for a lotta first-time wimps who, having never experienced natural childbirth and fearing pain, elect for a Caesar, clueless that the cutting of the abs is more painful post-op and takes longer to rehab?

  4. Dminor Says:

    Don’t be too sure, Eggz. Your point is generally correct, but think about this: Caesarian section is the preferred delivery method for most professional medical women, who know very well the pros and cons of each. My own wife underwent Caesarian. I’m not going into the details why, but as far as post-op recovery is concerned, she was confined to bed for the first 24hrs and had a patient-controlled analgaesic device which she only had to use a few times (she had very little pain). Day 2 was the worst; she took the prescribed oral pain-relief. I don’t think she had anything other than panadol after day 3. We were home day 4. To tell the truth, we were expecting more post-op pain. Must have had a really good anaethetist and gynaecologist.

    In the papers around this time was a report of a mother rolling over and smothering her baby to death during breast feeding less than a day postpartum. She’d had a difficult labour lasting more than 24hrs and was utterly exhausted. There’s a whole lot of complications from vaginal delivery down the track which aren’t so common with Caesars. The statistics regarding mortality/morbidity when it comes to Caesars vs vaginal births are always skewed, as Caesars tend to be performed more often in complicated pregnancy and labours. What I really object to is that attitude that mothers have to squeeze the kid out as some sort of arcane right of passage. Bit like the breast-feeding Nazi’s who are happy to watch a new born baby nearly starve to death rather than see them on the evil bottle. They yap about mother and baby bonding but say nothing of the father and baby bonding which takes place with bottle-fed infants. Damn, now you’ve got me wandering off topic. I’ll stop here.

  5. nilk Says:

    Ah, another subject close to my heart.

    I had a c-section, and while I was determined to do it naturally and without any sort of medication – after reading up on all the pros and cons – I say rock on!

    Of course, my birth plan was this: don’t give me anything unless it’s an emergency, and then go for a caesarian. Nobody is getting near me with a set of salad tongs.

    After 22 hours it became and emergency, so I had the op.

    What a lot of women don’t seem to realise is that a caesarian is major abdominal surgery, and there are actually more women going for the convenience of bookine one in as opposed to letting nature take its course.

  6. Rebecca H Says:

    Never had a Caesarian myself, but my sister did because her baby was just too big to be born the natural way. I don’t know that I would have opted for one unless it was physically necessary, but it’s a good thing that it is an option.

    Also, Dminor, agree with you about the bottle-feeding. Baby doesn’t care how it’s fed as long as it is, and I bonded quite adequately with my babies by cuddling them, gazing into their eyes, and making silly noises. Plus, I have several aw-worthy pictures of Dad bottle-feeding in his underwear.

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