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Hello Baby [Paperback]

Jenni Overend , Julie Vivas
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Aug 2009
On a winter night, in a cottage far away from the town, Mum's baby is ready to be born. The midwife arrives and the whole family prepare for the home birth. In this honest and moving portrayal, Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas celebrate the birth of a baby at home with warmth and joy.

This is a book for the whole family to share in preparation for a home birth or the arrival of a new baby.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (1 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845071107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845071103
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 22.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very realistic and moving portrayal of the birth of a baby at home. The book exudes warmth, and effortlessly captures the joy of a family sharing preparations for the new arrival. (Bookseller )

In this honest and moving portrayal, Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas celebrate the birth of a baby at home with warmth and joy. This is a wonderful tale to share in preparation for a home birth. (Green Magazine )

An honest but moving celebration of a home birth. (Nursery Education )

About the Author

Jenni Overend is a teacher and writer. She lives in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia with her husband and four children. She avoids writing and housework at all costs by gardening, riding a yellow bicycle, and observing big trees and small dogs.

Julie Vivas is the illustrator of many superb picture books. She lives in Victoria, Australia.

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We've been waiting a long time for this day, Mum, Dad, Bea, Janie and me. Read the first page
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Hello Baby 18 Jun 2004
This is a wonderful book, which was recommended to me by a friend and midwife.
It tells the story of the home birth of a baby through the eyes of the youngest child in the family.
The text and illustrations are beautifully done, gentle yet accurate.
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if you have children and are planning a home birth. It has really helped us to explain what will happen to our 3 yr old daughter, and has helped her articulate her questions and excitement!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book to prepare my children for the forthcoming homebirth of their new sibling. It is a truly beautiful book, with soft natural illustrations and appealing text. The homebirth of the new baby boy is described in a straightforward and comforting manner. Although there are pictures depicting the baby's head emerging and the placenta, they are not overly graphic and can easily be understood by young children. My three year old son was fascinated by the pictures, particularly the newborn illustration where the baby still has a cord attached.

This book is very useful for families who do not find books depicting birth as a medical procedure in hospital or babies being bottlefed relevant to their own birth choices.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, a pleasure to share and enjoy. 11 April 2010
When this book first arrived i really wasn't sure about it...you will understand what i mean when you first look at it. However we have all grown to love it. As I was having another home birth I wanted to prepare my son in case he was around when i went into labour or witnessed the birth - it was not my plan that he would be there and in the end he slept through the whole thing as i went into labour at 2.30am and baby was born at 5.30am. But just in case i wanted him to know what might happen. Our son asked for it again and again before his sibling arrived and after. It was one of his favourite of the books we got on this subject. We got it two months before i was due when he was 20 months.

The illustrations are beautiful and it is a beautiful story - though not necessarily everyone's experience of a home birth, in a log cabin in the forest etc. At first we just told the story by using more simple language but as we have continued to read the story we followed the written text more and more. Our son's favourite page is when the baby appears, he turns to it again and again and delights in saying "Hello baby!". He was also fascinated by the baby socks and he looked at the baby socks we had at home.

It was wonderful to have a book about home birth which was also a well told story and rich visually. It stands up on it's own two feet as a piece of children's literature.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and beautifully illustrated 5 Mar 2011
I bought this book after dismissing 'There's A House Inside My Mummy' and others for being to twee, mysterious (mum disappears off and re-appears with baby) and all about hospital birth when I am planning a homebirth. I don't plan for my toddler son to be around, but in case he is, or he has questions, I wanted a book that was relevant to our own situation.

The illustrations are soft, beautifully done, and very warm. There IS a picture of the baby's head emerging from the mum, but she is standing up side-on and it isn't as graphic as I had imagined after reading the reviews here. The pictures of the cord and placenta are great too as these bits of birth are so often forgotten.

It's quite wordy for the younger ones, but like everything you can skip and tailor to their understanding. My son loves it and takes it very seriously- he had been going on about baby coming out of my belly button but he's got that idea out of his head now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for home birthing mums 2 Mar 2010
my 3 year old and i have been reading this over the last month or so - getting ready for our home birth - it is great in that it is very clear about the process of birth so i think she now knows what to expect even if she does not see any of it in reality!

- it is american so for an older child you may need to explain that there would be more than one midwife

- also there is no birth pool so will not help to explain about water births

all in all a great book for helping all the family talk about a home birth
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 4 year old loved it and knew what to expect! 24 Aug 2014
Lovely book! It does show baby coming out, but its a side view of mom, so it's not graphic, and the illustrations include picture of the placenta and cord. Recommended for families that plan a home birth where the older sibling(s) are going to see these things, and for those who would like a gently realistic story that still captures and protects the dignity and sacredness of natural childbirth at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Kids love reading and re-reading this - just waiting for our little one to arrive now :)
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Planning a home birth and want my 4 year old to be prepared if she wants to be there. Lovely story with beautiful illustrations that generated a lot of conversation. Would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to prepare your child for the new baby
This book contains beautiful drawings and explains a lot about child birth, without being too explicit. I would recommend it to everyone!
Published 3 months ago by Jeanine Hoekstra
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This was a fantastic book to prepare my 2 and a half year old daughter for the birth of her brother at home. She still wants this reading to her now. Would highly recommend
Published 3 months ago by s l dodenhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!
I bought this for my two year old to help prepare him for our impending home birth. It is beautifully written and illustrated, and he loves it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by RGW
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely though deeply hippyish book
Used this book twice to prepare older siblings for a home birth of their younger sibling. It is a beautifully illustrated and fairly graphic (though not scarily so I think)... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Missfitz
5.0 out of 5 stars great sensitive book
Bought this along with several other books to prepare my 21month old for the arrival of her sibling. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Margarita S
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for any homebirth parent
I bought this book to help prepare my nearly 2 year old for the imminent arrival of his sibling and it has suited us perfectly. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Tasha Batsford
5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro for school-age children
Good intro to home birth (and childbirth generally) for young-ish children - my 4yo loves this book and it's led to discussions about pregnancy and birth generally, which is also... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Baby
This book is simply perfect if you are planning a homebirth and siblings are hoping to be part of it all. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book
I bought it for my almost two year old to prepare for a home birth, she learned so much from the book, questions I wouldn't know how to start explaining to a young child. Read more
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