The Positive Birth Book
The Positive Birth Book is written for pregnant women and is not specifically aimed at midwives. However, midwives may find it interesting to read as it contains personal reflections that could help midwives to understand women's thoughts and feelings.
The book is written well with some humorous twists that make it an enjoyable read. The chapters cover many aspects of pregnancy and birth and include some of the author's introspective moments as well as carefully presented evidence to support women's decision making. The book highlights and prompts reader consideration on topics such as mode of birth, induction of labour, coping mechanisms for birth and general transition to motherhood. The book's main focus is empowerment of women through accurate information and unbiased debate.
The content reflects current practice and up-to-date evidence but Hill presents this in an readable and comprehensible format for pregnant women. The chapters are well balanced and the language used is very practical and down to earth. Milli's ability to inject a little levity into the discussion is a welcome aspect that makes the book's heavier discussions a little bit easier to digest. I think the book will be well-received by parents from across the world and will support parents in making their own pregnancy and birth choices.
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