Birth Doula Blog
I'll admit it, there's something about being in a hospital or doctor's office that just makes you want to say "yes" to everything and question your God-given intuition. But you CAN speak up, ask questions, get second opinions, ask for more time, or just say "NO!"
Having a doula who can educate you on the possible procedures and interventions is a great way of using knowledge to your advantage. She can let you know if you can opt out of something that doesn't sit right with you, help you start a conversation with your provider, give you unbiased info on the topic, and provide you with alternatives so that you can choose what's best.
Not many women know they can refuse cervical checks, routine IV fluids, membrane sweep, breaking your water, some monitoring, induction if mom and baby are healthy, unnecessary C-sections, and ultrasounds for non-medical reasons.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
•Create a birth plan and have a conversation with your provider regarding your wishes and how they can support it
•Understand possible procedures/interventions and identify the ones you're not ok with (unless necessary) ahead of time
•Providers are legally required to tell you the possible benefits and risks of any procedure, so ask before agreeing to anything
•Your autonomy needs to be respected and you have the right to informed refusal...but the doctor also has the right to disagree to provide care you may request
Click here to learn more about informed consent.