During pregnancy, you will be asked to make health care decisions.
In many cases there isn't a clear "good" or "bad" choice. The best decision is one that feels right for you and your circumstances.
When you face a tough decision, this guide can help you organize your thinking:
Ask your health care provider to explain the options. If you want more information, read books and articles about the topic. Check the Internet. Ask your health care provider for trusted sites, or see our resources page for recommended sites.
Talk with your health care provider about any information you find online.
Watch a series of short videos about pain management. Videos are broken into topic by Cesarean and vaginal birth and include:
You can also view the mother and baby care video library for additional topics.
When talking with your health care provider, ask questions until you feel you have all the facts you need. Here are some questions you can ask:
Talk with your partner, family or trusted friends. Ask other parents how they made their decision.
If you are being pressed for an immediate medical decision, ask if you can have time alone with your partner or family to talk.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts