Book Review

02 June 2015
2 min read
Volume 23 · Issue 6

This is a truly inspiring book for modern day midwifery. It is easy to read and the relatively short chapters by different authors keep the reader captivated.

The book provides a worldwide view of midwifery services, which is enlightening and fires up passion for change across the world, not just in the UK. Personally, I was shocked by the number of caesarean sections in China and Brazil, realising the effect the actions of the Western world have on other countries.

The book heavily promotes informed choice and informed refusal, both which should be respected by professionals: change needs to happen—women are entitled to the birth they want.

I particularly liked the action points and key messages for each chapter as it enables the reader to focus on what they can contribute to make changes in reality. There were lots of helpful tips to remind practitioners how to improve care, compassion and kindness for women and their families.

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