Originally Posted by hopeful1
They also told me that I was the one in control of my body and that I could refuse any treatement I didn't want. .... Unfortunately, I have to be induced because it's the hospital's policy when you're vbac'ing. ..... I had to pre-register a couple of weeks ago and so they already know that I've had a previous c-section AND this is the only hospital I can go to....
This makes absolutely no sense. No sense whatsoever. If you can refuse any treatment (and you can) then you can refuse the pitocin.
Also, it makes no sense that this is policy after a section. This is exactly what should be policy after a section: NO Pitocin. Pit causes an INCREASE in uterine rupture, not a decrease!
And you pre-registered a couple of weeks ago? This also makes no sense, because back then (and even today) they do not know if your cervix is ripe or not. If it isn't ripe and you are given pit, then how can you birth? You will have strong contractions on a hard or closed cervix? Then you will need cervical gels (which also increase chance of rupture) to ripen and soften your cervix before you get the Pit, not afterwards!
You can refuse any treatment. That means refuse the induction. Do not show up.
You might say, it is hard to refuse. It is not as hard as you might think. I am in your boat, VBAC. I had a scan today, 2 days before EDD, to show babys size and position. I refused the scan, saying it was an inaccurate measure for size, the babys head can still move into a different position, my pelvis will open in labor so its size now is meaningless and the only purpose it serves is to make the Doc nervous about my ability to birth after cesarean. Instead of a fight, the staff respected my calm, rational comments and the scan was cancelled. Yes it can be done, and usually without a big scene. If confrontation is really an issue for you, have DH or someone else do it with you. Or refuse to show up. They can not cancel your care at this late stage.
(As a seperate, side note, I am sure you do not have the time for this right now, but I would actually report the hospital for having a pit required after cesarean, when the opposite is called for. Where I am pit is not allowed for previous cesarean, even in low dose.)