Originally Posted by SuperMoM2GTO
So my question is: if a doctor at the hospital wants you to do something you dont want, cant you say "no"?
Well, the short answer is "Yes, you can decline anything you want" but in reality it's a little more complicated than that.
In some cases, hospital personnel threaten (or actually do) call CPS if you try to refuse certain treatments. I have heard of some cases where a judge has actually removed custody of a newborn from his or her parents when they've tried to decline some standard procedures.
Other times, hospitals and care providers simply say, "We do xyz procedure it this way" and don't open the discussion to other options. Many moms never know that xyz procedure may not have to be done at all or that they could request it be delayed or completed in a different manner.
Another thing that many hcps don't discuss ahead of time is that laboring moms are often very susceptible to the suggestions of others. If labor is taking a long time (for example) and you are feeling tired, your OB may say "You've been at this a long time, let's do a c/s." Most moms are not in a place mentally or emotionally to ask questions or fight such a statement at that point, especially if they trust their doctor to do only what is best for the mom and baby.
Just some other scenarios to consider.