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Couldn't have done it without this book!
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!