Always Bring Your B.R.A.I.N To your appointments and of course to your labor.

The acronym B.R.A.I.N. stands for:

Benefits – What are the benefits to this procedure you are recommending? What results are you looking for?

Risks – What are the risks for doing this procedure? What if it doesn’t work or give the results you are looking to achieve?

Alternatives – Are there alternatives to going ahead with this procedure? What are the benefits and the risks to the alternatives?

Intuition – This means that once you have the information you should take anywhere from a few moments to a couple of days to assess the information and use your intuition to make an informed decision with your care provider.

Nothing – There is always the option of doing nothing and waiting for nature to take its course. Two important questions to ask are, Is mom okay and healthy? Is baby okay and healthy?

Questions To Ask If Your Care Provider Recommends Induction of Labor

• Why are you recommending induction of labor?

• What are the risks to my baby and me if I wait for labor to begin naturally?

• Do research studies confirm that inducing labor in this situation is safe and will reduce my risk of an unhealthy outcome?

• Can we try more natural methods of induction before using drugs?

• Is induction likely to be successful for me?

• Is my cervix ripe? (Your provider can tell you if your cervix is ripe. Women who are induced before their cervix is ripe are much more likely to have cesareans, even if cervical ripening drugs are used.)