YOU CAN SAY NO TO YOUR PROVIDER

Are you or do you think you might be, uncomfortable saying no to your doctor or midwife?

Even with a trusting relationship, you still have the final say about decisions for you and your baby.

What you may want to say NO to:

  • Induction of labor
  • Pitocin augmentation
  • Breaking bag of water
  • Cervical (vaginal exam)
  • Cesarean section


“Thanks for the information. Give me a moment to think about it.”

“Got it. Let me talk to my (partner, doula, nurse) before I decide.

“I'd like to revisit this in 1 hour”

“I don’t understand.”

“Tell me all my options.”

“I’m still not 100 percent sure.”

When you’re not sure, ask questions.

When you’re not sure ask for more time.

When you’re not sure, use your nurse as a resource.

When you’re sure and you want to say no, you can just say “No.”

No guilt. No apologies. Your baby. Your body. Your decisions.