We all love acronyms, right? A witty, brilliant way to remember something. Well, birth is no different. A popular acronym I love is B.R.A.I.N.
B - Benefits
Ask what the benefits of the procedure are? How will they benefit you and your baby? Why is this being suggested? Is it necessary?
R - Risks
Ask what the risks are? How will this affect you and your baby? Will other procedures follow? Will this change your birth plan or how you can labor? Are the benefits worth the risks?
A - Alternatives
What are your alternatives? Are there any other options? Go over the benefits and risks of your alternatives as well.
I - Intuition
What is your gut telling you? How does your partner feel? What are you going to feel most comfortable doing?
N - Now? Nothing?
Ask what will happen if you wait to decide. Can you wait an hour? Can you make a decision in 2-4 hours? What happens if you do nothing?
Going through these 5 steps with your birth team will help you make the best decision for you, your baby, and your birth!