Interpreting 'the facts' can be difficult.
We google for information, a legitimate and awesome modern tool, but get lost in misinformation and propaganda.
How do you work out what information is simple fact, what is manipulated fact and what is out right lie?
There are several divisive issues that we face in pregnancy and then as parents. In particular:
It is very difficult for parents to find unbias information and interpreting 'the facts' can be difficult. It can be very difficult for parents to get facts without being subjected to scare tactics and propaganda.
Decisions based on fear, are not informed.
We can use our fears to guide our research. We can use our assumptions as a starting point.
In light of this, here are some questions to help guide your own research.
What do I fear most?
What do I currently understand and are these assumptions or facts?
What is the 'agenda' of the resource?
What personal circumstances influence my decision?
What are the repercussions of my decision?
How do I feel about other people's decisions?
The last question is the most interesting.
If you feel strongly about people concluding differently to you, why is that?
What do you fear?
What are your main concerns?
Does it make you worry that your decision is 'wrong' or that their conclusion will affect you?
It is important to explore this particular issue fully, and when you reach a point that you feel comfortable with your conclusions and unconcerned by others, then you can pat yourself on the back and rest assured that you have made the right decision for your family.
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