Currently, Washington State policy still allows shackling of pregnant women in some cases. But advocates are pursuing legislative efforts to ensure a complete prohibition on shackling of pregnant women.
More and more women are being refused the right to give birth on their own terms as more and more hospitals ban women from VBACs. Choice means that a woman must have the freedom and support to compare the risks of VBAC and the risks of cesarean surgery.
Despite the financial resources commanded by hospital-based birth
services, many experts, economists, and advocates are alarmed at the state of U.S. maternity care, which is driven by high rates of unproven medical interventions.