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Do doctors overlook the woman's rights in the delivery room?

The delivery room can be a hectic place. Trying to bring a new life into the world is a big deal. While women have been doing it since the beginning of time, nowadays, there is usually a team of people involved in the labor and delivery process. This may lead to a woman feeling like she is not being heard or that her labor is not going the way she wants. In these cases, women could feel violated and suffer long term effects.

There has been some study on how women are treated during labor and delivery. Many times, research shows the pregnant woman becomes almost secondary in the process with the baby taking center stage, which can lead to issues for the mother, according to Tonic. Some women felt so overlooked that they were traumatized. They felt doctors ignored requests. They felt doctors would do things they did not want without any regard for their feelings.

Common issues include forcing a c-section when it is not necessary or doing an episiotomy without consent. Women often feel they are not allowed to make decisions about their care. Often, doctors fall back on the excuse that everything is done to protect the baby and ensure no harm comes to the baby. However, in this situation, there are two patients and both deserve the right to proper healthcare.

You may have experienced this somewhat. Even if you did not feel traumatized, there are other actions commonly taken in a delivery room that constitute mistreatment. Things such as refusing to allow you to eat or drink during labor, making you take drugs or not allowing you the chance to have a vaginal birth after a previous c-section are all examples of not giving you the chance to make decisions.

While the things that happen in the delivery room will not likely cause you permanent physical damage, they could impact you emotionally or mentally. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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