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The B.R.A.I.N Acronym for Pregnancy & Childbirth (Informed Consent Edition)

What is the B.R.A.I.N Acronym?

BRAIN is a simple acronym that you can use to help you make informed choices (decisions) about your healthcare during conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum + parenting. It provides a logical approach in weighing in on the many choices you face during uncertain times in your journey.

What does the B.R.A.I.N Acronym Stand For? Benefits

What are the benefits of making this decision?


What are the risks associated with this decision?


Are there alternatives? If so, what are they?


What does my gut say?


What if I do nothing or wait it out?

When Can I Use the BRAIN Acronym?

During conversations about procedures recommended by your healthcare provider, also known as the informed consent period.

You should be able to speak with your healthcare provider about ALL options before your refusal on a procesdures.

By exploring the benefits, risks, alternatives, as well listening to your intuition, you are exercising your ability to think through your options.

This will help you & your partner make the best choice(s) for your situation whether that looks like doing nothing at all, waiting it out, or moving forward.


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