It is virtually impossible for a consumer to make birth choices in a vacuum – we are all influenced by internal and external factors, and some of these are more visible than others.
In reflecting on this idea of individual context and decision making, I created the Birth Choices: Influences resource to use with the birthing women, professionals and organisations with whom I work. This infographic captures the many factors which influence a consumer’s choices – factors which both support and erode personal autonomy.
Consumers can use this graphic to drive personal research, reflection and discussion; for care providers, this is a visual tool to examine the concept of choice and to encourage patients to critically appraise their own decision making context.
Please kindly share this image with source credit: (C) Tessa Kowaliw 2017, One Mother To Another.