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Home Birth: a practical guide
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2009
Please, please do not be swayed by the negative reviews of this book. It truly is the only book you need to read to plan a home birth, as it says on the cover. It's great that some women are encouraged by health care professionals to have a home birth but I wasn't! My Midwife did all she could to try to stop me not for medical reasons but because she was not a supporter of home births. It is the book's duty to show the positives and potential negatives of home birth so it is fair and realistic. This book is the reason why I got my home birth. It's not all about fighting your corner as some other reviews suggest either. There is a list of items to buy ready for the birth, exercises to do to make the birth managable and keep the baby in a head down position and templates of letters to send to request a home birth or a change of Midwife (both of which I used). The book suggests other agencies to contact for support. Living in the county that has the fewest home births in the country this was important to me.
Forwarned is forarmed. This book can prepare you totally which means you can be more confident and relaxed on the day which in turn is the best frame of mind to be in to deliver a baby!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2010
I read this book yesterday and found it very empowering. I've bookmarked several pages in case I need to refer to them again, and I will definately refer to it before my midwifery appointments.

I think the user who has nothing but support from their health professionals has been extremely lucky. My midwives have not said 'no' outright, but neither have they been supportive and enthusiastic and I am expecting that they will try to put me off at the last minute and convince me to go to hospital. This book really made me feel prepared to stand my ground, and gave me some tips that have made me feel ready to justify my decision.

As the title suggests, this is a very practically focused book. I've bookmarked the list of things to have prepared and it seems very comprehensive.
If you're considering a first home birth I'd also suggest you invest in a book that is focused on the physical and emotional birth process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2010
I liked this book very much due to the fact it covered both positive and negative aspects of homebirth and birth in general. Written by an experienced midwife, the book gives a balanced and informative overview of everything to think about when weighing up the pros and cons of homebirth. I like the fact that the author covers all eventualities, I wish I'd paid a little more attention to some sections - although it would have made no difference whatsoever in the end! My first homebirth experience resulted in the thing I'd least planned for - an emergency C-section - but I'm so glad I tried attempted to have my baby at home in the first place!
A great source of information!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2011
I ordered this book because I really want a home birth and all the books I have, although they touch on the subject of home birth, they mostly assume you are going to the hospital, so I thought this would be perfect for questions such as when to call the midwife, what equipment you need etc, and it was! I must admit I did not realise how difficult it is for some women to have their home birth through the NHS and never expected to hear such the awful reports of people receiving such negativity from their medical professionals when they requested a home birth. I am not pregnant yet so have not experienced any of it but now I know what I could expect and how to go about it. It is a fascinating read and would recommend it to anyone even just considering the idea of a home birth!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2007
A practical guide that makes sound sense, written by someone who

really knows what she is talking about, Nicky Wesson's Home Birth is

an invaluable handbook for pregnant couples. Updated and revised in

2006, Home Birth comprehensively takes couples through every stage of

their decision making, informing and questioning their choices in an

unbiased and balanced way. A good blend of well researched evidence,

practical hints and gripping birth reports makes for easy reading, and

couples who have not previously considered opting to have their baby

at home may well find that they start to doubt their decision to go to

hospital. Why move out of your cosy, familiar surroundings when you

can stay in your own home, supported by a familiar midwife who will

help make your birth experience even more fulfilling? Nicky Wesson

helps answer these questions and more, and by giving the reader up to

date information and advice, encourages and supports couples in their

decision to opt for birth at home. This is the book to buy for all

your pregnant friends, but do not let your copy out of your sight, if

you lend it out you will never get it back!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2009
if your considering a home birth but still not convinced this book is for you, tons of practical advice and positive birth stories, along with those all important facts and figures, a great resource!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2011
This book is an essential read for anyone planning a home birth. It gives an accurate an unbiased guide. The book gives important information and guidance to women and their partners about what to expect when requesting a home birth right through to the birth and aftercare. It is written in an easy to read yet informative manner. It details how to request a home birth, your rights as a woman to give birth at home and how you should prepare yourself, your home and your family should you wish to have a homebirth. There is guidance on the safety aspects, complications during pregnancy, problems in labour, problems after birth and so on. There are true stories of women who plan and achieve a homebirth and these are useful to read. The further reading and useful addresses are worth considering.
The book is written in an informative tone that both my partner and I enjoyed to read. We were able to read the book within a day or two and upon completion felt more confident having gained more knowlegde and a sense of support. A must for anyone planning a home birth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2014
This was a great help to me when the option of homebirth presented itself. I found that there is a lot of historical information such as why homebirths stopped being the norm etc. But I did find at times that the stories featured ran on for a little longer than necessary so I'd end up skipping some of the pages to save my sanity. It's a shame there wasn't much information for Dads in the book that may have reassured my partner before the birth.

This definitely convinced me that I was safe having a homebirth, but the book is only a reference guide - your midwife should be your main assistance in the decision.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2009
Having read some really inspriational books such as Ina May Gaskins Guid to Childbirth, Marie Mongans Hypnobirthing and Janet Balaskas Active Birth I found this to be really discouraging. Many of the birth stories are of things going wrong and although it is good to know what can go wrong I found this book to focus too much on the negative aspects. I am going ahead with my home birth DESPITE this book!!
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on 8 February 2013
Useful book if considering home birth. I bought it though because I was trying to weigh up the risks of having the baby at home over giving birth in a hospital setting. The book isn't really geared up for this argument. It is more an advocate of home birth full stop and there were moments that I would have appreciated more 'stats' for the two rather than hearing the author's preference for home birth. Essentially, it's not very objective and you will need to do a lot of background reading to get a comprehensive view. If you've decided on home birth then this book would be very useful.
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