I am a doula-in-training with four children of my own. I own many many books on birthing. This one was a revelation - to read a book written by a professional who was trained and worked in obstetrics confirming my own 'hippy' views on birth was an absolute joy! After my first hospital birth and then three beautiful homebirths, I feel really strongly that pregnancy and birth is a journey of the soul, an inner journey that cannot simply be reduced to numbers, timescales, measurements on a screen or clipboard. Each pregnancy has its own rhythm, each mother and baby are a unique dyad....., the biochemic, spiritual, and emotional aspect of pregnancy is completely ignored by obstetrics and this is what Dr. Amali discovered for herself. She fell down the rabbit hole and lost her faith in the machines, the micro-managed, no-can-do approach to birthing and instead listened more closely to her body and her baby. She became empowered by surrounding herself with wise women, by learning alternative solutions to pregnancy-related challenges, overcame her pregnancy diabetes, and softened into her pregnancy in a really inspiring and beautiful way. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are wavering about whether you 'qualify' for a home birth, are being bullied into an obstetric birth you don't want, read this book and take heart. If an obstetrician can write a book telling you to listen to your own body, that's a pretty good endorsement of this 'unscientific' and yet life affirming, life-altering alternative journey! If your GP needs convincing, leave this copy lying around at their surgery or shove it under their door! Sometimes those entrenched in the medical model needs to be taught or reminded of the mystery and magic of birth.... and all it's gifts, lessons and joy!