Empower yourself with informed decision-making!
Use your BRAIN, listen to your heart, speak your truth and act in your and your baby’s highest good.
Benefits. Consider the benefits of the proposed course of action.
Risks. Weigh the risks, side effects, how it is done & the chances it will work.
Alternatives. Are there less invasive alternatives to the proposed course of action?
Intuition. Only you can listen to your inner guidance. What is your "gut feeling"? Make it a part of every decision you make.
Nothing. Is the situation urgent or can you wait awhile? Is it possible to do nothing?
When we feel we are not a part of the decision-making process in birth, our regrets can last a lifetime. We never forget our birth experience. Fourteen studies* found that having an active say in decision making was a pre-eminent issue in childbirth satisfaction. Since the majority of people that are giving birth are not birth experts, you and your birth team need to empower yourselves with information, good questions and be the focal point of the dialogue in the birth room to work together with your caregiver for the best possible experience, how you define it.
Birth 411 is here to provide you with the information that will help you learn how to have your voice be heard so that you can make the informed decisions that are best for you and your family.
*Hodnett ED. Pain and women's satisfaction with the experience of childbirth: a systematic review. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002; 286(5)(suppl):S160-72.
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