Let your BRAIN guide you
This simple acronym can help guide your questions and decision-making from conception through the postpartum period.
What are the benefits to me of this approach/procedure/intervention? What are the benefits for my baby? What are the benefits for my labour?
What are the risks to me of this approach/procedure/intervention? What are the risks to my baby? What are the risks for my labour?
What options or alternatives are there to going this route?
What is your gut telling you?
What happens if I/we/you do nothing?
This can be applied to everything from deciding whether or not to weigh yourself in pregnancy to whether or not you should have your labour boosted with pitocin.
Remember, even if it is not presented to you as such, every single thing is a choice – your choice. Using your BRAIN will help you and your partner in moments of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety.