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With the lack of information we’re given during pregnancy, it can make it really difficult to make the right choices for you. I mean…if we don’t what our choices are…we don’t have any right?

So with pregnancy and birth being such a significant period in your life, it’s so important you what your options are. Not only will it help you to feel calmer and more in control, but it can reduce birth trauma as you won’t need to make difficult decisions in the midst of labour!

We use the BRAIN acronym with our clients to help them make an informed decision, which is what you can use too. Use each letter to ask yourself that particular question for each of these:

➡ diagnostic test

➡ intervention

➡ pain management approach

➡ medication

➡ procedure

➡ protocol

As well as that, you can also ask yourself the following questions…

B is for BENEFITS

What problem will this solve?

How will this be helpful?

If there’s a problem, how serious is it?

R is for RISKS

What are the risks of this procedure?

What are the risks relative to the benefits?

Are there any side effects?

A is for ALTERNATIVES

What are all the options available?

What are my other choices?

Use BRAIN for each alternative offered

Once you’ve asked these, it might be helpful to ask for ten minutes alone to talk to your partner. Especially in a non-emergency situation (like after a consultation or scan), you don’t need to make a decision NOW. Go home, talk to your birth partner/doula. Call your midwife. Use BRAIN to go through all options, and think about these:

I is for INSTINCT

What does your gut say about what’s been offered?

If you’re not sure, think about what kind of birth you want

What are the options to make it happen?

N is for NOTHING

What would happen if I do nothing?

What would happen if we wait an hour? A day? A week?

What are the benefits and risks of waiting?

To help you make choices that are right for you and feel confident enough to make them, book on to our next workshop. It will be delivered by Anna, who’s an experienced Antenatal Teacher and Doula. She’ll use evidence-based information to tell you everything you need to know from pain relief and places of birth to how to communicating with your midwives and consultants, so you can feel calm, confident and in control. Click link below for more info 👇