At The Queer Parenting Partnership, we believe in informed consent and autonomy above all else. BRAINS is an acronym that you can use to help you make informed decisions. Sometimes, we feel pressured into consenting to procedures we didn’t want because we struggle with “white coat syndrome”. White coat syndrome (or white coat hypertension) is when a person experiences higher blood pressure in a clinical setting. It is believed to be related to anxiety. Studies have shown that when a person is involved in the decision making process, they have greater satisfaction with the outcome - even if that outcome is not necessarily what they had hoped for. Empirical evidence from various health specialties indicates that the majority of physicians underestimate patient preferences to participate in health-care decisions. Save this to your phone or contact us using the form below to order some small cards with this information on.