Your Right to Refuse: What to Do if Your Hospital Has “Banned” VBAC Q & A
The International Cesarean Awareness Network has tracked over 800 hospitals across the U.S. that have instituted policies seeking to ban vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), misleading women to believe they must undergo cesarean surgery whether there is a medical need for it or not. Clinical research shows the risks of VBAC are small and that repeat cesarean surgery carries its own risks. In spite of this, many hospitals have attempted to ban VBAC in order to limit their exposure to liability. As a result, many women around the U.S. have been told they must choose unnecessary surgery or forgo hospital care altogether. Below is a guide for women in this situation. Women who are seeking to avoid other medical interventions will also find this information useful.