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Could my doctors force me to have a c-section?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Only if incompetent.

Us courts have allowed c-sections against maternal wishes in cases of mentally incompetent mother - rare reports.
In general, patient autonomy (after informed consent) is very well respected in the us and your care team will try to convince you to make the right choice, rather than "forcing" you. In an emergency, trust your doctor to recommend the most commonly performed life-saving surgery!

In brief: Only if incompetent.

Us courts have allowed c-sections against maternal wishes in cases of mentally incompetent mother - rare reports.
In general, patient autonomy (after informed consent) is very well respected in the us and your care team will try to convince you to make the right choice, rather than "forcing" you. In an emergency, trust your doctor to recommend the most commonly performed life-saving surgery!
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

Patient autonomy is one of the core principles of medical ethics and should always be respected.
A c section is a major abdominal surgery that carries inherent risks and cannot and should not be performed without proper informed consent. To do so would leave the physician vulnerable to criminal charges or a civil complaint for battery.

In brief: No

Patient autonomy is one of the core principles of medical ethics and should always be respected.
A c section is a major abdominal surgery that carries inherent risks and cannot and should not be performed without proper informed consent. To do so would leave the physician vulnerable to criminal charges or a civil complaint for battery.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
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