Sadly, there have been numerous articles/reports of women who have felt “compelled” (e.g. forced) to endure an otherwise unnecessary c-section. They cite not feeling heard when they asked questions about the procedure or not being taken seriously when pushing the importance of wanting a vaginal birth especially when they were capable. Even I have encountered some pretty implacable doctors who imposed their personal beliefs on my medical choices, even options that have nothing to do with reproduction. It is fairly common for women to not be taken seriously when reporting symptoms and pain. Sad.