Your doctor has years of training and experience and can usually identify issues. However your doctor is usually basing diagnosis and decisions off the “average” or in some cases, what’s easiest for him. He does not know your body, your pain tolerance or the way you communicate or don’t communicate problems. Which means that sometimes, he will make a call which isn’t exactly right for your birth.
Many women forget that they have rights in pregnancy & childbirth. Just like any other situation, no person can touch you or do anything to you without your permission – if they do, they run the chance that you could charge them with assault or sue. Women have been conditioned to believe that the doctor is in charge and they must do what they’re told.
Although doctors, midwives and nurses are trained to do a job which involves keeping you and your child as healthy as possible, not all decisions are made simply based on your personal situation or best interests. Often decisions are based on hospital timelines, policies, or even opening up more patient beds, holidays and the end of shifts.1 | 2 | 3 | 4