B.R.A.I.N.E.D - An Informed Decision Making Tool With Free Printable | Cincinnati Doula

An important piece of feeling empowered during birth is being an active participant in any decision-making processes. After all, you have the right to know all of your options and you are in charge of all of the decisions that are made during your birth experience. My desire is for you to feel confident about the choices that you make during your childbearing year, because research has shown that the more a person is part of the decision making process during birth, they will be happier about the outcome.

Outside of listening and trusting your own intuition, being confident with using the B.R.A.I.N.E.D acronym would be one thing I recommend being equipped with when preparing for your birth.

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The B.R.A.I.N.E.D Acronym:

Benefits: What are the benefits of making this decision? How might this positively impact myself, the baby, and the labor?

Risks: What are the risks involved? How might this negatively impact myself, the baby, and the labor? Alternatives: Are there any alternatives to this recommendation? What are the other options available to me at this time?

Intuition: What are my instincts telling me about this situation?

Nothing: What if we wait it out or do nothing at this time?

Evaluate - I need time to evaluate and consider my choices.

Decide - Now that I have the information I need, I’m ready to make a decision.

When To Use The B.R.A.I.N.E.D Acronym:

During my support as your Cincinnati doula, I may ask you if you've used your brain, and this is what I'm referring to. At our first prenatal visit, this is given to you in the informational packet and we review how you can use this a variety of scenarios. During the full spectrum of your childbearing care, this acronym can be used to review the benefits, risks, and alternatives of recommended care and treatment. It is your responsibility to make informed decisions for yourself and on behalf of the baby. Whenever a medical procedure, drug, test, or treatment is offered to you - it is your legal right to give or deny consent for care. The purpose of the B.R.A.I.N.E.D acronym is to exercise your rights to autonomy, using the best information available to you.

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