There once was a woman in a Labour Ward,
Who was not feeling assured
Her dignity was left
Upon clinical request
Outside the room to be ignored.
–it doesn’t have to be like this!
Seven Ways for care providers to Facilitate Informed Decision Making
1. Encourage Questions
Allow time for questions to be asked and answered fully.
2. Use The Birth Map and The Game of Birth
Become a Birth Cartographer® using the online course or a zoom intensive, and you will be able to support clients to use their own copy of The Birth Map to consider all possibilities. You will also learn how to use the Game of Birth to revolutionise birth education. Birth Cartography boldly goes where no birth plan has gone before.
3. Encourage clients to join the free Member Access area.
This space is linked to the book, and provides access to resources, a forum and an online version of The Game of Birth. This will complement your support and help your clients to take responsibility for their journey. Because with Great Responsibility come Great Power!
4. Tell clients about ‘Mapping Your Birth and Beyond‘
Private one hour zoom sessions can be booked with Catherine. Some doulas offer Birth Mapping (be sure to check they have completed Birth Cartographer Training).
5. Tell clients about Independent Breastfeeding Education
Be sure to direct clients to independent breastfeeding classes and resources, and not those operated by formula companies or focused on selling products to ‘support’ breastfeeding.
6. Tell clients about Independent Childbirth Education Classes
Independent Childbirth Education is proven to improve outcomes, and there are many options.
7. Tell your clients about Postpartum Support
Preparing for life beyond birth is essential. Not just the early weeks, or even months, but the realities of the New Life. Give them the gift of understanding Matrescence.