Have you got your BRAIN?

Do you know that you should always use your BRAIN when making medical decisions? This includes all the decisions you make regarding medical procedures and interventions during pregnancy, labour and birth. The BRAIN questions will help you get all the information you need to make informed decisions, whether that be consent or refusal. So, what does BRAIN stand for?

Benefits – How will this benefit

  • my baby
  • me
  • my labour?

Risks – How will this affect

  • my baby
  • me
  • my labour?

Alternatives – What are the alternatives available to us?
Intuition – *internal question* What is your gut saying?

No/Nothing/Not yet/Need time – What would happen if we did nothing? What would happen if we waited a week/day/hour? I need a moment to speak with my partner/think about this decision.

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Completing independent childbirth education is SO important. It will provide your with up-to-date, evidence-based information about all the options you’ll be presented with during pregnancy, labour and birth BEFORE you come across them, and will empower you to make the decisions that are best for you, your baby and your family.

Know your options. Be independently educated.

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