I've been thinking about something my doctor told me a few years ago and wonder if it's ever really happened.
We were talking about cesareans and the fact that the hospital he uses won't allow a VBAC, but he said that once you are in heavy labor they can't send you off and that you would have to agree to the surgery. So theoretically, you could go into labor, wait until you are fairly far along, and then just refuse the surgery. He also said they would bug the crap out of you to get you to agree, but that there was nothing they could do to actually make you do it (assuming you were still conscious). This was in Washington state, BTW.
I delivered vaginally with this doctor, and the "rules" were hep-lock and constant in bed monitoring. I told the nurse to hep-lock herself and threw the monitor about five minutes after it was placed as it was way too tight. No one batted an eye. The nurse also told me that I would have to give injections as "by law" they had to use them once they prepared them. I told her that it was her choice how to use them, but I never asked for any for my baby so she needed to deal with that on her own. She apologized and left, two kids ago I would have felt bad and let her stick the baby :-(
Anyway it's all just made me think about all the interventions I've agreed to in the past that I thought I "had" to do. Wondering if anyone was brave enough to try my doc.'s idea, and if it worked out.
I am absolutely not trying to shame, or belittle anyone who felt that they were tricked into a c-section or anything else. It took me four births to figure out that they aren't going to hold you down and put those stupid baby monitors back on if you are just going to rip them off and throw them again :-)