On individualisation…

Individualised care is so important. Earlier this year, I published an updated version of my book, What’s Right For Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth. I went on to share a few quotes from the book on social media, and one of them got so much attention and positive feedback that I decided I would offer the whole quote here on my website as well. So here it is; a paragraph offering some thoughts on individualisation, along with the picture, which you are welcome to share**.


“It can also be helpful to find out whether you’re being offered an intervention because your care provider thinks there is a specific and individualised reason to offer it in your unique personal circumstances, or whether the intervention is offered to all women or babies at a certain time or under a certain set of circumstances. In other words, is this a routine intervention, which might warrant a bit more thinking about (because it may or may not be useful in your specific circumstances), or is the suggestion that intervention might be warranted already specifically tailored to your situation? There can be a huge difference. Some women, of course, are very happy to have the standard package of care that is offered to everyone, but others aren’t. 

Do be aware that some tests and interventions are offered to certain groups of women or babies, for instance small babies, women who have a particular blood type, older women, larger-than-average women or women who have had fertility treatment. This doesn’t mean that they are being offered on an individual basis. It means that they are being offered to everyone who falls into a particular group or category. When systems of care are trying to help thousands of women to have babies every year, it is understandable that they need to develop policies based on what might be good across the whole population, but that still doesn’t necessarily mean that their suggestion will point to the path that is right for you. On the other hand, it might be the perfect path for you, but it doesn’t hurt to ask a few questions so you can be sure of that before you agree.”

I’ve written a bit more about these issues, and about how you can equip yourself with tools and ways of thinking to help you make the decisions that are right for you. “What’s Right For Me?” Click here to find out more.

Sara Wickham

What’s Right For Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth.


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