I'm a FTM due in January, and my goal is to deliver my son naturally and with minimum interventions. In all the material I've read to prepare, it seems like there can be a lot of tension between a woman and her doctor regarding interventions (induction, augmentation, pain management, c section, etc...). When one is suggested, it can be a struggle to figure out what to do. In my hypnobirthing class, the instructor went over a way to guide discussions with doctors so a woman can feel comfortable with any decision made during birth. I found it incredibly helpful and thought I would share in case anyone else finds it useful.
Here it is:
When a medical professional suggests or offers any intervention, follow the acronym BRAND and ask the following questions:
B - BENEFITS - what are the benefits of this procedure?
R - RISKS - what are the risks associated with this procedure?
A - ALTERNATIVES - are there any alternatives to what you are suggesting?
N - NOTHING - what happens if we do nothing (for 10 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week)?
D - DECISION - please give me a few minutes to think this over and I will then make a decision and let you know.
I hope you ladies find this helpful as you prepare to meet your little ones!