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Can you refuse to have a c-section if...? Little Richard's mommie! Due July 12 (boy); 1 child; Seneca, South Carolina 4430 posts
17th Jan '13

Your child is breech? I know it's risky to have a baby vaginally if your baby is breech and couldn't be turned but do you HAVE to have a C-section. My mom had me left foot first breech vaginally at home, and I am fine, she had no doctors at all, my daddy brought me into this world. I want to refuse a C-section at all cost, no matter whether he is breech UNLESS it becomes an absolute emergency. I know I have rights but is this one of them? I don't want a C-section because well, I want a natural vaginal birth. And I don't know if he's still breech or not. But a girl younger then me by about a year whose due 2 weeks before me said it's impossible to refuse a C-section to a breech baby.

Addi&Aria'smama Due January 23 (girl); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Florissant, Missouri 5600 posts
status 17th Jan '13

You always have the option to refuse but if you do then the doctor has the option to drop you as a patient. I would definitely request an ultrasound to make sure he is still breech before going through with a c-section.

LoveMyBubbaBoy 2 kids; Michigan 3187 posts
17th Jan '13

My little brother was transverse until my mom went into labor. They never even offered her a c section because of this. You still have a month and a half till your due date. I don't for sure know the dangers of delivering breech or even if there are any... I haven't researched. But I do know that babies turn. Good luck.

Freya D Due December 27; 1 child; Brookings, Oregon 1196 posts
17th Jan '13

i think it depends on your hospital

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7869 posts
17th Jan '13

I don't think many hospitals will allow you to give birth naturally to a breech baby. Too many risk for you and baby.



Why put yourself and your child through that? I wanted a vaginal birth, too, but...Baby was breech and the doctor said, "We're taking him tonight!" I am glad I had a c-section. I was recovered in 4-5 days. I had no issues with it. Quick, painless surgery. Sore for a few days after.

Squeaky McGee [8 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65202 posts
17th Jan '13

Yes. They can't force you into any medical procedure. Although, your OB may not want to deliver you for liability reasons.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23130 posts
17th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Due w/ a little boy!:</b>" Your child is breech? I know it's risky to have a baby vaginally if your baby is breech and couldn't ... [snip!] ... a girl younger then me by about a year whose due 2 weeks before me said it's impossible to refuse a C-section to a breech baby."</blockquote>




I don't know the answer BUT, an acquaintance of mine was told she needed a c-section. She refused and they made her sign a document saying that she was advised multiple times with multiple witnesses that it was necessary for the baby's life. She eventually acquiesced.

Life is a Highway ♫ 18 kids; Australia 9381 posts
17th Jan '13

You can always refuse a c-section, even if it is a emergency, which I am not saying to do because they are there for a reason.




But on the flip side, they can refuse to be your doctor.



I think it depends on your hospital/OB. Find one willing to do a breech birth if that becomes a problem.

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
17th Jan '13

You can refuse but they can also refuse you. Breech is risky to a lot of OBs and they dont want the what ifs on them. And even though you're in labor if your going AMA they dont have to treat you.

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
17th Jan '13

Sure you can. Show up to the hospital pushing. They can't refuse to treat a woman in labor and you don't have to consent to anything. Lots of moms in the natural childbirth community do that.

The Dandelion Rapist 18 kids; New Mexico 6885 posts
17th Jan '13

You can request to have it vaginally of the baby is breech. I heard that the baby can be flipped ? (Not sure on the truth to that, so anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong).



Although having a vaginal delivery on a breech baby is entirely possible, it does come with risks. My husband in an emergency had to deliver a breech baby. The poor thing had to have one of his clavicle bones broken because his shoulders were too wide and the mom wasn't fully dilated.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
17th Jan '13

My ex's aunt had a baby breech ( she had had a previous c section) after she said she should have had the c section. There were complications and they had to cut her right through.

Proginoskes II 3 kids; North Carolina 1295 posts
17th Jan '13

I'd look for an older OB or an experienced midwife. I say older because from what I hear they don't really teach OBs how to help women birth breech babies vaginally. Babies can be born breech perfectly fine, or they could have issues, just like a vertex baby. It's never too late to transfer doctors, but some may refuse to take you after a certain point, so I'd get to looking pretty quickly if I were you.
If you can't find a supportive doctor, I'd just make your preferences completely clear and have people that will support you with you at all times. Breech is not an emergency- it's a variation of a normal birth.
I wish you luck! I've had both types of birth and both have perks, but vaginal births generally have faster recoveries.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
17th Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:</b>" Sure you can. Show up to the hospital pushing. They can't refuse to treat a woman in labor and you don't have to consent to anything. Lots of moms in the natural childbirth community do that."</blockquote>




midwives cant refuse but doctors can if youre AMA

~mama~ 4 kids; Susanville, CA, United States 1556 posts
17th Jan '13

My doctor was against giving me c-section and offered to do a version, and said if she flipped back around he will do it again at 39 weeks then induce me. I did the version at 37 weeks and she stayed but still had to be induced at 39 weeks for her health they wanted her out asap. My induction failed and he still wouldn't do a c-section and I had her at 40+4 but I was in the hospital from 38 weeks til she was 3 days old... Ask if he will try a version before a c-section..?