DeKalb Medical suspends privileges of popular delivery doctor

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 10, 2017

Source: Facebook

This story has been updated. 

DeKalb Medical has suspended the privileges of a popular doctor following a vaginal breech birth of twins.

It is the second time in less than a year that the hospital has put restrictions on Dr. Brad Bootstaylor’s practice, See Baby. Moms-to-be who are close to their due date are upset and worried, according to comments left on a Facebook post See Baby published about the suspension.

Bootstaylor told Decaturish that the twins and mom are fine, saying they are willing to offer a public testimonial about the quality of their care. He said DeKalb Medical has been looking for a reason to suspend his practice there.

“It’s one of those things where the institution is watching our particular service and looking at anything that’s perceived out of their norm, for a smoking gun,” he said.

See Baby does the majority of its work at DeKalb Medical, he said.

Multiple messages left with DeKalb Medical have not been returned. The Facebook message says See Baby will meet with hospital officials on May 15 regarding the suspension. That was later moved to May 16, according to a subsequent Facebook post by See Baby.

Last August, a controversy erupted when DeKalb Medical temporarily suspended water birth at the hospital. The hospital also barred Bootstaylor from delivering babies using forceps, performing Vaginal Births after C-sections, or VBACs, and performing vaginal breech deliveries, his office said at the time. Those privileges were later restored.

When asked why the hospital has been watching his practice, Bootstaylor said it’s because his practice offers women and families options and choices. He said medical culture is “paternalistic” when it comes to delivering babies, and his willingness let patients have more of a choice causes them to question orthodoxy at the hospital. “It forces their patients to say, ‘Why you don’t do it this way? Why don’t we have a conversation? Why can’t I eat while I’m delivering?”

When asked if there had been any birth complications that led to DeKalb Medical’s decision last August, Bootstaylor said, “Yes is a short answer. It’s not an unknown complication. When you use forceps, which has been used for hundreds of years, once in a while you get a laceration around the baby’s ear and it heals.”

In the statement posted on Facebook, See Baby said another doctor familiar with its practice will take care of patients until the situation is resolved.

“We understand the emotional upheaval this news might cause, and we will promptly share information with the community as it becomes available,” the company said. “As always, we appreciate your support and understanding as we come together to Bring Birth Back!”

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