Don't Forget to Use Your BRAINS for Informed Consent in the birth space

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

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"Don't forget to use your brains in the birth space"

"Use my brains in the birth space? What does that even mean?"

Well, I can't wait to share with you, something that is easy to remember and extremely helpful in almost everything you need to decide on. Specifically, using your BRAINS in the birth space, will provide you the knowledge and time needed, to make truly informed decisions, resulting in either informed consent OR refusal.

Have you ever heard the doctor or nurse say "I will break your water in 15 minutes if ____ hasn't happened." Or, "I need you to lay back so we can get a cervical check." If you have, you may notice that instead of asking you for your consent, they word it in a way that sometimes feels like you don't have the option to say no, or yes. Of course, this doesn't always happen, but it happens more than it should and it is worth a discussion.

I'm not here to blame the doctors, nurses, or assistants; I value and respect them and the hard work they do on a daily basis. I think sometimes it comes as second nature to them as our work routines do to us, but being equipped with the right tools may help you get that consent you deserve.

There is a quote from Birth Monopoly that I truly love: