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A new appendix to the new edition is called a 'Record of Understanding', to be used when a woman chooses to act outside the Guidelines or against the advice of her midwife. As I read through the Record of Understanding for the first time, my thoughts went to situations in which I might consider using this tool. Recent situations in which I have prepared a written record of discussions between myself and a client, when the woman has chosen a pathway that may be at odds with usual professional advice include women who are planning homebirth after a previous caesarean, or women who have had a large number of children.
When using the new Guidelines' Appendix B: Record of Understanding, I will be required to ask the woman to answer, in writing, a series of questions: