I hate to quote our current president, but it makes for a catchy title.
I AM THE DECIDER!
You can tell the OB that:
- I can’t be cut against my will. (In other words, VBAC bans are bogus.)
- I don’t have to have a heplock or IV upon entrance to the hospital.
- I don’t have to show up for a scheduled cesarean that I did not request.
- My baby doesn’t need continuous fetal monitoring. (Continuous fetal monitoring does not improve outcomes.)
- 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.
- Women don’t necessarily need to birth babies in hospitals. (There are other options!)
- Most women could safely birth their babies at home (and escape unnecessary medical intervention).
- That the immediate availability of an obstetrician or anesthesiologist does not improve the outcomes for the overwhelming majority of mothers and babies.
- That hospitals without 24-hour surgical staff aren’t safe for anyone.
- 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.