Whose Values? Whose Risk? Exploring Decision Making About Trial of Labor After Cesarean

Journal of Medical Humanities 39 (2):151-164 (2018)
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In this article, we discuss decision making during labor and delivery, specifically focusing on decision making around offering women a trial of labor after cesarean section. Many have discussed how humans are notoriously bad at assessing risks and how we often distort the nature of various risks surrounding childbirth. We will build on this discussion by showing that physicians make decisions around TOLAC not only based on distortions of risk, but also based on personal values rather than medical data. As a result of this, we will further suggest that the party who is best epistemically situated to make decisions about TOLAC is the woman herself.



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