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B.R.A.I.N Model for Decision Making

Decision making during pregnancy has a big impact on you, your family and of course your growing baby. Knowing how to make decisions is just as important as knowing what choice you are going to make.

To help you know how to make informed decisions, there are multiple models you can use that are all similar. You can use such a model for nearly every decision made during pregnancy and birth. The one I like best is the BRAIN Model. This stands for the following:

  • Benefits
  • Risks
  • Alternatives
  • Intuition
  • Nothing

So to use this model here is an example:

Your caregiver tells you that it’s time for you to do a glucose test. Your response should be (instead of just saying “Okay”) is to ask,

“What are the benefits to taking this test?”

“What are the risks in taking this test?”

“What are, or are there any alternatives to taking this test?”

(Ask yourself) “What is my intuition telling me about this test?”

“What would/could happen if I choose to do nothing and not take the test or alternatives?”

After going through these questions and thinking about your choices comes your informed decision. It’s consistently important that you take charge of your pregnancy and birth. You should feel empowered to make these decisions for yourself and your family. No matter what you decide is best for you, knowing that you are informed and ready to make a decision is an impeccably amazing feeling.

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