In the US, if you want to get your tubes tied immediately after giving birth, you need to be prepared. We’ve been discussing this topic a lot lately, with all the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and I heard this story today on NPR . A study at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, showed that most women who requested their tubes tied after the birth of their baby could not get the procedure performed. I found that shocking–it is a GIGANTIC hospital, not in a red state, highly professional, and offers every service imaginable.
But here are things to consider:
1. Tubal ligation is a surgery, a separate procedure that needs to be scheduled ahead of time. Operating rooms and surgeons are extremely busy. Emergency surgeries can change everything, even for people with minor elective surgery, such as this. Make your decision well ahead of time, and discuss it with your doctor.
2. Half of all tubal ligations are performed on Medicaid patients. If you are on Medicaid, there is a thirty day waiting period for this procedure. Is this because of racism? Yes, because for many decades, women of color were sterilized without their permission. The waiting period was established to prevent that horrible injustice. Today it seems weirdly unfair, but it was done with good intentions. If you are on Medicaid, or know someone who is, let them know about this. Get the paperwork going asap if you want the procedure done at childbirth. Again, discuss with the doctor.
3. Health insurance. Get your health insurance in order before you give birth. Tubal ligation is a separate procedure. Make sure you are covered, and get it all done ahead of time.
4. My apologies to all readers outside of US for this post.
5. Here’s the link to the story: