The Ethics & Realities of Forced Cesarean Surgery
- Duration: 60 Mins
- Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 1 CNE, 1 Midwifery CEU
- Learning Format: Webinar
- Handout: Yes
- Origin: goldlearning.com
Are women forced into cesarean surgery? How is this possible? When does it happen? Why does it occur? And what do forced/coerced cesareans really look like? This session will explore the extreme disconnect between medical evidence, national guidelines, ethical responsibilities and the current maternity care system. We will focus on the role of hospital “VBAC bans” which restrict access to vaginal birth after cesarean and mandate repeat cesarean as well as the public health fallout of such policies. We will review how forced cesareans can occur in the face of national guidelines that denounce them while professional ethics simultaneously affirm and honor the autonomy of the pregnant person. Finally we will close with how we can turn the tide, create change, and improve the care our clients and children will ultimately receive.
Objective 1: Describe how forced and coerced cesareans take many forms
Objective 2: Analyze how even though many hospitals cite national guidelines and patient safety as the foundation of their policies
Objective 3: Describe the many geographic, financial, and emotional barriers women seeking VBAC face in their quest to exercise their autonomy, mitigate cesarean risks, and plan the birth that is Right For Them.
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