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Stand and Deliver!: And other Brilliant Ways to Give Birth [Kindle Edition]

Emma Mahony
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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A book full of practical information on choosing the best type of birth experience for you and your baby and what to do in the final 8 weeks to prepare. Full of humour and encouraging birth stories, every mother-to-be will find it invaluable.

• Emma Mahony, humorous Times columnist whose Double Trouble stories about her two young twins charmed the nation, now gives you a first book on birth and the 8-week run-up to it. Taking a practical but lighthearted approach, she helps every new mother-to-be feel in control and ready for the big day.

• With positive stories from women who insisted on the right birth for them, as well as advice from experts in the field of childbirth, such as midwives, obstetricians and advocates of natural and water births.

• Why a good birth experience is a great objective
• How and why it’s best to avoid a ‘medicalised’ birth
• Everything you need to know about Caesarians
• What every woman is entitled to before labour
• How to write a birth plan and why it is useful

• Illustrated throughout with lighthearted cartoons from The Times’ front page cartoonist.

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About the Author

Emma Mahony is a successful journalist who currently works as feature writer for the Times. After being told she had to have her twins by caesarian and having a successful natural home birth instead she decided to write a book for women who want to know their choices and be comforted by a different perspective from the standard ‘obstetrician speak’.
Jonathan Pugh has been the front page cartoonist for the Times since 1996 and was voted Cartoonist of the Year at the 2001 Press Gazette Awards.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5 4 May 2006
I've read extensively throughout my pregnancy (this is my first) and this book would be one of the best. Full of positive birth stories from natural to c-sections. I wanted to give it a five but one of the birth stories was a bit too new age for me. These stories fill the second part of the book.

Emma also provides good info in the first and third section with birthing in the UK in mind.

It's given me the confidence I need to get informed and accept what might happen. I'm preparing for an active birth with as little medical intervention as possible. However this book has given me permission to feel okay if an extra hand is needed and how any scenario can be a positive one and not leave me feeling like a failure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice for second time mum 6 Jun. 2007
After a very long first birth with pethidine, an epidural and almost a c-section, I decided I wanted a different experience this time round...... I read the book cover to cover and re-read some parts over again.. needless to say it put me in the right frame of mind and helped to make me feel that I was in control of the situation.

The result? I arrived at the hospital at 8pm and my beautiful second daughter 'Freya' was born just before 10pm with no pain relief except a little gas and air.

Great book, easy to read, worth every penny. A must for all you pregnant ladies out there. Happy Birthing! PS. Im just a down to earth kinda girl - Im not an 'Earth Mother!'
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What if... not How to... 6 Jun. 2008
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There is no doubt that this is an entertaining book and a very easy read. I enjoyed it but there wasn't any "How to..." information in it. I think if you are trying to decide IF you should go natural or trying to choose WHICH approach you might take, it could be useful. I wanted something more substantial, with actual tips and instructions, and this provided none of those things.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for this book 2 Mar. 2005
I am a first time mother-to-be and was given this book as a present. After a gripping read, as most first timers will probably agree your life and thoughts become pre occupied with babies, pregnancy and birth, I am so positive and excited at the thought of giving birth that I am literally wishing the months away. It left me feeling empowered, strong and very well informed, as to what my options and rights are for labour. It gave me a sense of calm and control about giving birth and now no amount of horror stories from wicked friends and families about stitches and pain can change how positive I feel about this upcoming adventure of child birth. A must read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book... 23 Aug. 2005
By A Customer
Second time round (after an emergency c section) I really wanted a different experience and this book helped inspire me to a natural birth at home (fast, very relaxed and no pain relief) and all the fantastic feelings that go with it. It is informative but in a best friends kind of way and has loads of detailed experiences from other mothers - well worth a read...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHOA, a surprising read. 15 May 2009
NOTE: I am an American who had a very traumatic 24 hour labor resulting in a c-section and subsequent medical complications that went on for MONTHS after the birth of my first child in the US. I am now residing in the UK, and this book had special insight for me because of the comparisons it gives on better child-birth in the UK as well as the many non-medical techniques for pain relief during birth (without being too new-age-hippy-like).

However, this book majorly surprised me with a description of-all-things, lesbian fantasies! I'll leave it to you to read, but the end idea was that you need to ACCEPT your body and BE SEXY in order to have a baby! HA! I thought. Well, I ended up having the best sex of my life with my husband within the next couple of days. And now I'm thinking that there is a point to all that talk of sex. (In another book I'm reading now, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, they suggest for the partners to KISS during a contraction! My husband is leery of me biting his tongue off, but I'm willing to give it a try for its ability to lossen the cervix... and create a special bond for us)

OK, on to the other useful bits in this book... being new to this country, I got a good review of all the non-medical ways to cope with pain during labor. Ideas such as gas & air, aromatherapy, TENS and essential oils. I literally was doodling away in my book noting places where I wanted to ask my OB questions. The book then goes on to have different birth stories that highlight ways to labor and birth your baby (hence the title). I have to admit I began scanning towards the end of the book, which is why I give it a 4-star review, it just couldn't hold my attention any longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best labour book around 23 Sept. 2007
By Debi25
I have read a lot of books in the 23 weeks I have been pregnant (as a science teacher I have an unhealthy thirst for facts and information)and this has made me view the whole labour issue with totally different eyes. I feel more confident in myself and aware of what I want and how to get it. I think this book should be given to all women at their booking in appointment! I couldn't recoomed it more highly
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative read 20 July 2005
By A Customer
I found this book really easy to read and very informative - it really opened my eyes and made me reconsdier my birthing options.
Too often everything is presumed when having a baby and choice seems to get lost. This book really highlights all the options and makes a lot of sense - esp. for new mums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend !
I loved this book . I read it the week before I had my baby . It has accounts from all different types of labour . I intended to keep it and read it again with my next pregnancy .
Published 1 month ago by holly
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected at all.
I found this book vastly out of touch with your average mum-to-be. It's great if you live in London as there are so many options to explore (if money is no option. Read more
Published 20 months ago by emma smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book to read for labor-wimps like me!
At 29 weeks, after a prenatal class focused on labour, I realized that sooner rather than later I would have to go through that scary process called "LABOUR" before we could... Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by peniche5
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read but far too biased
The birth stories in this book are varied and interesting. The author's persistently biased interpretation of all the stories is not. Read more
Published on 8 Dec. 2012 by Bath reviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the not-so-hidden agenda
When I ordered this book, I was expecting it to say more about positions for bith, as the title suggests. Read more
Published on 30 Mar. 2011 by Anatouskia
2.0 out of 5 stars So much potential; could have been better...
This book could have been great. It's written in a very chatty style and is keen on empowering the pregnant woman and ensuring that she knows she has choices. Read more
Published on 10 Mar. 2011 by B (Geordie Watcher)
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! Make your partner read it too..
Loved the book, loved the birth stories. I have a copy and bought one for husband too.
Published on 9 July 2010 by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
An absolute must - read it first and if you only read one, read this one! funny, with lots of real life short stories that helped me understand the main issues, but it was fast... Read more
Published on 14 Jun. 2010 by K. Brassington
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
Please do not buy this book. It is a complete waste of money. If you are really interested in natural childbirth then buy a real book such as Ina May Gaskins Guide to CHildbirth or... Read more
Published on 20 Nov. 2009 by Anna's Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice overview of different types of birthing experiences
I read this book about 3 years ago when expecting my first child and I am about to re-read in prep for number 2. Read more
Published on 15 Sept. 2009 by Jan
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