Actually, maxmama, that's not entirely true.
|The federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires hospitals to admit women in active labor and to abide by their treatment decisions until after the baby and placenta are delivered. The act was originally designed to prevent hospitals from “dumping” patients who couldn’t pay but has since been widely used to hold hospitals accountable for violating other patient rights, including the right to refuse treatment. If your hospital threatens to perform a cesarean despite your refusal, notify them that they are in violation of your rights under EMTALA and that you plan to file a complaint.
Also, as to the court order thing, it should be noted that:
|As a result of these rulings, both the AMA and ACOG have revised their ethical guidelines to state that court-ordered cesareans are rarely, if ever, justified, and are most definitely not justified in instances where the proposed treatment poses any risks to the mother.
This comes from a document about what to do if your hospital has "banned" VBAC
, but certainly applicable to this discussion.
If they start threatening you with a court ordered cesarean - remind them of Angela Carder or Ayesha Madyun. It's always a good idea to know your legal rights!
Other useful sites:http://advocatesforpregnantwomen.org...interventions/http://www.childbirthconnection.org/...Link=0&area=27