A Cesarean section, or C-section, is a surgical procedure where a doctor cuts through a woman’s abdomen and uterus in order to deliver her baby. This is often a planned procedure, chosen well before delivery day by a woman and her doctor. Other times, it becomes necessary after labor has already begun due to some unforeseen complication with mom or baby. C-sections are widely performed in the United States, and one in three babies born in this country is born via c-section. Surgery is surgery, and there are always some risks, but more often than not, both mom and baby are perfectly healthy after undergoing a c-section. Some are even vitally necessary to save a distressed fetus, or to prevent severe lifelong health complications.
Despite the low risk and lives saved thanks to the option of a c-section, not every woman wants to have one, and barring absolutely necessity as a lifesaving surgical intervention, no woman should be forced to have a C-section against her will. Recently, more and more women have reported being forced to undergo this invasive surgery against their will, taking choices about their body and health out of their hands and into a hospitals. Forcing someone to undergo a medical procedure is against medical ethics and the law, and if it’s happened to you, we urge you to contact us at (312) 236-2900 to speak with an experienced Chicago injury attorney.
Reasons for a Forced C-section
C-sections are widespread and have grown in popularity over the last decades. They are often the only option for high risk pregnancies and deliveries, but some women feel coerced into having a C-section even if they aren’t necessarily high risk.
Some women are pressured into undergoing a C-section when they want to give birth naturally after having undergone a C-section during a previous delivery. This is called a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Some doctors and hospitals are hesitant or unwilling to allow a VBAC, even though the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that many women are good candidates for VBAC.
Good candidates for VBAC are usually women who have not had more than one prior C-section, who don’t have uterine scars or ruptures, who have large enough pelvises to accommodate vaginal delivery, and who are delivering in a medical setting that is properly staffed and equipped for an emergency C-section should it become necessary. Other healthy women with healthy fetuses may also be good candidates for VBAC.
Despite these guidelines, some doctors and institutions still coerce and even force healthy moms into undergoing a C-section. In a particularly troubling turn of events, some expectant moms have even been taken to court, with hospitals and doctors seeking court orders barring women from making choices about their own bodies.
If you’re being coerced or forced to undergo a C-section against your will, you need a dedicated and experienced Chicago injury attorney on your side. We don’t believe anyone should be forced to have a non-medically necessary surgery, and we’re ready to fight for you and your rights. Please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation.