Here is a reference book that is long awaited by many, and our patience has been rewarded with a remarkable volume that is filled to bursting with the information needed to answer every possible query in the domain of Holistic Maternity Care. With nearly 400 pages of practical information, photographs, diagrams, tables and case histories it is an awesome resource. One of the things that impressed me most about this book is the scope and practicality of it. For example there is a useful section on the medical approach to labour, where interventions are covered in a non judgemental and factual manner, showing what they are, what are the benefits, what are the drawbacks, and what are the implications of these for us as practitioners. Here we see an illustration of Suzanne's gift for a truly integrated approach to using Shiatsu in pregnancy. She shows us how we can effectively combine what a Shiatsu practitioner or massage therapist has to offer, within the framework of medical care and a woman's own choices.
This is Suzanne's third book, coming hot on the heels of last year's Beautiful Birth. Each book is different in nature, relevant to its purpose. Where Beautiful Birth is a friendly, accessible book aimed at guiding couples through shiatsu and self-care techniques, Pregnancy and Childbirth is entirely geared to supporting the professional practitioner with information that is not only comprehensive, but also clinically and theoretically thorough and accurate. There can be no doubt that we have here a gem of a resource, unique in its field. It deserves pride of place on our bookshelves, and for me personally, for a good while to come, on my bedside table.