Do You Know the Risks?

So often we are told the benefits of procedures during pregnancy and birth, but how often are we given the risks associated with those procedures too? True informed consent means getting both and then being given the opportunity to consent or decline. The tricky part can be in not really understanding the options. How do you really know if you're getting all the information? Well, that's exactly what we break down for you in this episode!

Informed consent means that a provider explains the benefits and risks of a medication, procedure, (or lack of either), and then allows the mother to give consent.

Informed consent is NOT 

  • making you afraid to say no
  • telling you only the benefits and downplaying the risks
  • telling the mother, "I'm going to do ______". For example, "I'm going to preform a vaginal exam on you."

Our Top Tips for Informed Consent

Since providers may fail to give proper informed consent, you need to remember to use your B.R.A.I.N so that you can get the...

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Get It Started! Natural Ways to Induce Birth

 
You asked, we listened! This episode will give you some simple, fun ways to get birth started. Some you may have heard of, and others may be totally new to you. While we are careful to share only those things that are safe and evidence-based, we are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice so be sure to talk with your provider before trying these.
 
[3:05] When you want to utilize these tools and all the legitimate reasons to get things moving.
[11:47] Why we just spent all this time talking about why to not get things moving!
[12:23] Ways that you can jumpstart your birth from the comfort of your home; everything from dates, castor oil, baby positioning, herbs, sex and more.
[17:56] After 37 weeks and it's time to get things moving...
[19:00] Your cervix and the Bishop's Score
[23:21] Membrane sweeps and when it's a good time to give it a go!
[25:29] What if I tested positive for GBS?
[27:35] Wrapping it all up!
 
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