I am the decider

I hate to quote our current president, but it makes for a catchy title.


You can tell the OB that:

  1. I can’t be cut against my will.  (In other words, VBAC bans are bogus.)
  2. I don’t have to have a heplock or IV upon entrance to the hospital.
  3. I don’t have to show up for a scheduled cesarean that I did not request.
  4. My baby doesn’t need continuous fetal monitoring.  (Continuous fetal monitoring does not improve outcomes.)
  5. Sometimes babies take longer than mothers, fathers, family members, friends, and doctors would like.  That’s life.  Deal with it – you can eat, sleep, and play golf later.
  6. Women don’t necessarily need to birth babies in hospitals.  (There are other options!)
  7. Most women could safely birth their babies at home (and escape unnecessary medical intervention).
  8. That the immediate availability of an obstetrician or anesthesiologist does not improve the outcomes for the overwhelming majority of mothers and babies.
  9. That hospitals without 24-hour surgical staff aren’t safe for anyone.
  10. That the risk of rupture in VBAC is equal to or less than the risk of complications from cesarean “delivery”.

Want to learn more about positive mother-child-centered birth?  Visit the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) or the links posted on this site.