Labor and delivery is a very unique experience for every woman. It can be peaceful, terrifying, funny or shocking. When you are in labor it can be difficult to think or focus on anything other than what is happening at the moment, but sometimes decisions will need to be made. If and when that time comes this is by far the best tool you can have in your hospital bag. My hope is that it helps you and your birth partner maintain control of the situation and keep a level head. I think this is a MUST HAVE for anyone wishing to have a natural birth or who wants to avoid medical interventions as much as possible.
Before any procedure or when faced with a situation apply the acronym B.R.A.I.N.
(This can be applied in many circumstances, not just child birth)
Benefits – What are the benefits of the procedure?
Risks – What are the risks involved?
Alternatives – What are the alternatives and other options?
Intuition – What is your intuition/gut telling you?
Nothing – What happens if you do nothing?
Seems obvious, but you might not remember it at the time, so write it down or print it out, but certainly have it in your hospital bag!
*In the photo I was not in labor. They were doing some routine checks after a growth scan because I was carrying small.