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Informed Choice

Pregnancy is often a woman’s first significant introduction to the healthcare system. Suddenly, you have to make all sorts of decisions for you, your baby and your family unit. You’ll be faced with difficult choices around your healthcare during your pregnancy and birth. Often you’ll be influenced by healthcare professionals, your family and friends, media, social media and books. All claiming to know best and leaving you torn…

Whatever choices you are contemplating, you can positively impact your ability to make informed choises you’ll be happy with and you’ll feel empowered by.

BRIAN aka BRAIN is a simple acronym to help you in gathering all the information you need to make informed decisions about your own and your baby’s health care. If you come to any of my classes or courses you’ll get to meet BRIAN 🙂 meet brian

Benefits:
What are the benefits of the treatment/procedure/etc? Is this what is usually done?

Risks:
Are there any risks? What risks are there with the treatment/procedure/etc? Is this what is usually done?

Intuition:
How do you feel about the treatment/procedure/etc. offered? What does your gut tell you?

Alternatives:
Are there any alternatives? Can I have a second opinion?

Nothing:
What would happen if I do nothing? Do we have time to think? Is it an emergency? Can we wait a little longer? Do we have to make a decision now?