Posted: 31st August, 2023

Issue 10 : Empower Your Pregnancy Choices with the BRAIN Method

Making informed decisions during pregnancy is crucial. Introducing the BRAIN method—Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, and Nothing— an easy-to-follow method that empowers expectant parents to make well-informed choices. Get ready to navigate your pregnancy journey with confidence!

Informed Pregnancy Choices: Using the BRAIN Approach

Benefits: What are the benefits of this? Why is it being offered? Are there any benefits to not doing this?

Risks: What are the risks this is trying to prevent? Are there any risks of having this? Does this impact my choices?

Alternatives: Are there any other options? What does the evidence say?

Intuition: How do I feel about this? Does it make sense to me? Do I understand?

Nothing:What if I wait? Can I have time to think? What happens if I choose to do nothing?

By using the BRAIN approach, you become an active participant in your pregnancy decisions. This method encourages shared decision-making with your healthcare provider and ensures your choices are aligned with your values and preferences. In your pregnancy journey, let your BRAIN guide you toward informed and confident choices.

Your Personalised Care and Support Plan (PCSP)

The PCSP places you at the centre of your maternity journey

It tailors services to your unique needs, preferences and choices.

The plan covers physical, emotional, and social well-being. It’s a collaborative process between you and your healthcare team, a way of capturing and recording conversations, thoughts and decisions in a way that makes sense. You can regularly review your plan and update your preferences if you change your mind, you are empowered to actively manage your pregnancy, leading to improved outcomes and a more satisfying experience.

Watch our video for a detailed overview of what the PCSP is and how it can work for you. You can use the BRAIN method outlined above to help you make informed decisions about your care.

Do you have any Concerns about your plan of care?

Maybe you changed your mind, didn't feel listened to, or you have been sitting at home worrying about something in your plan.

If so please REACH OUT so we can listen to your concerns and make a plan that YOU are happy with. We are always ready to talk.

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