Do I Have a Choice?
Very often when we find out that we are expecting, the first thing that we do is make an appointment to see our G.P. and then appointments are automatically booked with our midwife and a hospital consultant.
When do we decide within our pregnancy to actually ask questions such as ‘what are my rights?, ‘do I have a say regarding what tests I have during my pregnancy? Where will I be able to give birth?’ In our experience as a company that supports pregnant women, we believe that as soon as you find out that you are expecting, this is the time to start asking questions. Many of you may instantly go on google only to find information on pregnancy and birth that is contradictory and can be quite confusing! So we suggest visiting the website AIMS which has information that is up to date and easy to understand as well as birthrights.org.uk
So let’s take a look at some of the questions you may come across..
What kind of care do you want during pregnancy?
For instance do you want to be under the care of the NHS or would you like to pay for an Independent Midwife? You may look into hiring a doula for extra support during birth.
What type of Antenatal education do you wish to have?
Some of the choices are NHS classes, NCT courses, and Hypnobirthing, which is quickly becoming more popular the more that practise it, and that is just to name a few.
Where do you want to have your baby?
The options that are available to consider depend on your health, but with a pregnancy that is considered low risk you have a hospital, birth centre or homebirth to think about. The National Institute for Health and Care (NICE) advises that all low-risk women should be free to choose their birth setting, and be supported in this choice.
What kind of labour do you want?
During your labour you will have a choice of pain relief, should you feel you want it, or you may choose to use more natural techniques such as breathing and visualisation techniques.
So remember as an expectant mum, you and your partner have rights! You are always allowed to ask questions and be able to make informed decisions about you and your babies care. For more information visit aims.org.uk or birthrights.org.uk