FREE and Informed consent, what does it mean during pregnancy?

When a woman becomes pregnant she can often be flooded with “advice” and feel like she has to do things even when they don’t make sense to her.

From the top of buildings, we say “ASK QUESTIONS“.

 

Now we’re not talking about just asking friends and family. Ask your doctor or midwife; understand what a procedure involves. This is your birth, asking questions and weighing out options about your care are ways we can feel more comfortable in our decisions.

Ok, so we’ve chatted briefly about informed consent, but what about “FREE and Informed consent”
Informed consent is what we say when we usually mean free and informed consent.
When we are free to find out information, ask questions, weigh out options and make a decision without being shamed or bullied into a different one, then we are practicing free and informed consent.

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