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Mind Your Language


How are you talking about your birth? How will you be talking about your birth?


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Research suggests that irrespective of HOW you birth your baby, it is how SUPPORTED, INFORMED and IN CONTROL you feel, which has the greatest impact on how we reflect upon our births.


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Shortly after I qualified I had lunch with the lovely independent midwife Kathryn Weymouth and in chatting about a friend of mine who'd just had a baby I said she 'had to have and C-section'. Kathryn quickly corrected me 'she had a C-section'. Something that has stuck with me since.


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No one can force you to do anything. You may be well advised to take the advice you are being offered but this should always be supplied with enough information for you to make an informed decision.


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So have a think about the way you are speaking about your birth. If you're sitting in the grey column it may be because you're happier leaving the decisions to someone else and that's absolutely fine.


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If you'd prefer to be in the driving seat and feel more in control of your birth, think about whether you feel able to use the language in the yellow column. Are you being given the information you'd like and being supported in your choices?


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