ACOG discourages physicians “in the strongest possible terms” from the use of coercion and court-ordered threats or interventions against pregnant women.
For pregnant people and those who work with them, these ethical concepts around their care are critical.
“As if birthing a baby isn’t hard enough, I gave birth while engaged in a physical struggle against the people I trusted to care for us.”
The legal authority in childbirth lies with the woman giving birth, not the providers of care. Our words should reflect that.
It was great to see this story in such a prestigious paper, but disappointing that the magnitude of the problem wasn’t mentioned.