Informed Choice – Making the Choices that are Appropriate for You
So, what does informed choice actually mean? What it really means is that you have the right to ask for more information to consider if this is the right choice for you and that you have the right to say no.
If you understand about the options you might be given before you go into labour it´s much easier to make the choices that are genuinely appropriate for you. So why is it that even after you´ve done antenatal classes that so many labours still go pear-shaped?
Safe Practice – Not Taking Risks With Your Health
The protocols of labour ward management are designed to not take risks with your health and ensure the safe delivery of your baby. This must always be the primary consideration. Sometimes interventions are just the right thing to do. The medical staff always have the safety of you and your baby as their primary concern.
But sometimes this can lead to just-in-case medicine where important decisions are made to try and avoid a problem that might be there. Sometimes the labour management can send people down a medicalised track that they were not expecting. This “intervention cascade” is the very nub of why a labour may become a bad birth experience.
Sometimes the process is sacrificed in favour of the outcome. The baby is safe, but the labour was stressful and difficult, and often very long. This is why many people feel they are having a bad birth experience.
Supportive Care – Continuity of Care in Your Pregnancy, Childbirth and Recovery
Having supportive care in your pregnancy can be a marvellous way to become Birth-Fit. Many women need interventions because they come into their labours under-powered, working up until 36 or 38 weeks approaching their labour with reduced energy. They´re not rested enough.
Antenatal classes, hypno-birthing, pregnancy yoga and acupuncture are all wonderful ways to help prepare for your labour. These things give you lots of time to prepare your heart and mind for the task ahead, feeling mentally ready, knowing what your choices may be, really understanding interventions and when you might need them.
The people who support you in preparing for your labour can also be the people who support you in your aftercare as you recover from your childbirth and step into your motherhood feeling healthy and strong.
Talk to Jani about a supportive care network in North London