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June 22nd, 2011, 12:04 PM
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Yes you do have the right to refuse.
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June 22nd, 2011, 09:11 PM
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If the baby is in danger and they need to get them out safe then no you cant refuse one u would have to get one.
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June 23rd, 2011, 08:01 AM
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I would think you have the right to refuse. I had one with my second and wish I were more persistent on not getting one, I really feel it was pushed on me. That will not happen again, of course my babies safety always comes first, so if he/she were at risk that would be my logical decision. But I will ask lots of questions this time!
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March 17th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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You have the right to refuse, no matter what. Even if they are telling you your baby is in danger, you still have the right to refuse. A lot of doctors use the "baby is in danger" thing when the baby is actually fine -- a baby's heart rate is supposed to dip during contractions, and labour is supposed to take more than a couple of hours, whether the OB wants to get home early or not!
No one is allowed to do anything medical to you without your consent unless you have been deemed incompetent to make your own decisions by a court order and someone else is making those decisions for you (or unless you are unconsious, and then next of kin makes the decisions, if available.)
I would say you should educate yourself on the kinds of things that can go wrong, and if other methods should be tried before jumping straight to a csection -- like if the cord is around the neck, they should try fixing it with their hands before giving you major surgery! Find out how low a fetal heart rate is to ACTUALLY be considered "in distress" and keep an eye on that monitor yourself!

Good luck!
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March 18th, 2013, 05:35 AM
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There was a case I remember hearing about years ago where a mom kept refusing C-Section, and the baby died. They brought criminal charges against the mom, for murder.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4509692/#.UUcKEFfCsyg
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