Every person, every pregnancy, every birth and every baby is unique. And how you choose to give birth, and care for your baby is your choice. Yes your choice.
You maybe sitting down reading this and thinking “Well I don’t feel like I have a choice,” as not much in the way of choice has been given to me by my care provider. You may feel inundated with information from friends, family, the Internet and TV or even every well-intended stranger in the street!
If the information you are receiving feels good and feels satisfactory then that’s great, however if what you are hearing and being presented with doesn’t align with your maternal instinct and birth preferences, you could be left feeling a bit confused. The question you may be asking is “How do I learn more about my options and/or alternatives?” Knowing this will make you feel that you are making empowered and informed decisions based on your pregnancy, birth and as a parent.
The BRAIN acronym below is simple tool of asking for more information on anything at all that you feel unclear about from your care providers, so you can move forward to making better-informed choices.
B – Benefits What are the benefits?
R – Risks What are the risks?
A – Alternatives What are the alternatives?
I – Instincts What is my instinct telling me? What is your gut feeling?
N – Nothing What if we do nothing? for 5 mins, an hour – a week?
And finally if there is anything out there that you would like to know more about be it homebirth, medical intervention, alternatives, support there are really good links to be found on my resource page.
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen” - Rumi