Yes, you can refuse glucose testing. You can also refuse to monitor your blood sugar at home if we asked you to do so. You always have the right to refuse your health care providers advice. At CCBC we will never force you to do anything against your will. Being able to say “no” is an important part of informed consent.
However, we want you to keep something else in mind any time you make an informed decision against your midwife’s advice. Your midwife’s counsel is not unreasonable, and I mean that in both senses of the term. In other words, her advice is neither irrational nor excessive. Her protocols are not random; she did not adopt them simply to follow the latest trend, or just to appeal to certain people.
At CCBC, your midwife uses the protocols she does because she believes they are in the best interest of you and your baby. She does what she does in order to assure a safe, healthy pregnancy and a birth that remains as natural as possible. This does not mean there is no room for differing opinions on the subject. Even midwives disagree amongst themselves about this subject, but most of us don’t choose our protocols without a lot of careful research and consideration first.
At CCBC we make every effort to continue to work with clients who might not agree with us about every test or procedure we want to do. But it is also very important to know we still have your trust. Trust is a key ingredient in the midwife/client relationship. Not all differences of opinion mean there has to be a breakdown in trust either. But on the other hand, a pattern of disagreement could be an indicator that trust is breaking down. So please talk openly with your midwife about your concerns. She will make every effort to work through the differences of opinion between you and her, she will respect your right to disagree and hopefully she will still be able to have your trust and provide you with the care you need.