There are a lot of tough choices surrounding pregnancy, birth, and parenting. A great way to process all that information is by using your BRAIN.
What is BRAIN?
BRAIN is an acronym used to help you remember what kinds of questions to ask your care provider about your care options. It makes it easier to remember to ask those questions when dealing with a stressful situation (such as a problem in pregnancy, giving birth, or parenting through tough phases).
When meeting with our clients prenatally, we always go over this process and ask if they would like us to remind them to use it when making tough decisions while pregnant, giving birth, or parenting. We want to make sure our clients have the tools in their toolboxes to feel safe and prepared for whatever may come. By providing this additional tool, we know they can feel confident with all their decisions.
B- Benefits. Know the benefits of the option being given.
R- Risks. Know the risks of the option.
A- Alternatives. What other options are available? Ask about the benefits/risks of those options.
I- Intuition. How do you feel about the option? How do you feel about the alternative options?
N- Need Time/Nothing. What happens if you take a bit more time or do nothing?
This acronym will help you remember to ask all the questions needed to find the information and make the choices that are best for you, your baby, and your family.