During labor and delivery, the doctor makes many choices that drastically affect the long-term health prognosis for both mother and child.  Choosing the method of delivery is one of the most pivotal decisions a physician makes.  Though mother and father should have input on this decision, in the stress of the moment the doctor is often free to make the choice on his or her own.  And if the parents do protest, the doctor can claim a medical emergency requires certain interventions.

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