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Birth & Sex: The Power and the Passion
Birth & Sex: The Power and the Passion
by Sheila Kitzinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and revealing book, 24 Jun. 2013
Perhaps I'm more prudish than I thought, but it took me a while to read this book without an element of discomfort. But Sheila Kitzinger's writing is honest and liberating, describing intimate details of female body function from before birth, through pregnancy and post-birth. She answers questions I hadn't thought to ask, explains why we need to empower ourselves with information in this era of modern medical practices - this is, ultimately, another powerful, revealing and very important book about childbirth. A must read for mothers and mothers-to-be.


Confident Birth
Confident Birth
by Susanna Heli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential preparation reading, 8 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Confident Birth (Paperback)
For anyone wishing to take control of their birthing experience, this book is a must read.

For anyone wishing to support a woman who wants control of her birthing experience, this book is a must read.

It proffers calm and gentle information, explaining the biology of birth, with methods of dealing with labour. Fear and stress are a labouring woman's biggest enemy, the production of adrenaline all too likely to inhibit the process. Not denying that these emotions may play a big part for many women nor seeking to eliminate them, this handbag sized book explores ways of handling and coping. Neither does the book demonise intervention, rather it offers women tools to deal with all eventualities - giving them empowerment and control when at their most vulnerable.

A great little book, easy to read and of invaluable help.


Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Mums and Growing Families
Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Mums and Growing Families
by La Leche League International
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An all-round approach to family diet, 27 Sept. 2012
LLL have created a family recipe book that is just that bit more. From sound advice on nutrition during pregnancy and whilst nursing, to how to handle a toddler's fussy eating habits.

This is a gentle and non-preachy book; it gives simple scientific reasoning within it's 5 topics and makes the mouth water with recipes such Roasted Prawns with Baby Plum Tomatoes and Courgette. Post-birth recipes are predominantly quick, easy and freezable. There is even advice on the best one-handed food to eat, although it comes with no guarantees that you won't still drop crumbs/sauce on your nursing baby's head. Then as your children grow, there are ideas for fun food to make and eat with them - UFO's are a favourite in this house.

LLL have once again created a book that doesn't glamorise, preach or view parenthood through rose-tinted spectacles. It is honest ("If you're like most post-partum mothers, we'll assume you're still feeling a little tender here and there, but it gets better and it gets easier"), it normalises (breastfeeding, lack of sleep), it comforts and it calls to most people's obsession with what they'd like to eat for dinner.

My only criticism is that it a little difficult to navigate. Tabs within the sections, or coloured corners, would have made it easier to flick to recipes without having to resort to the index.


Rediscovering Birth
Rediscovering Birth
by Sheila Kitzinger
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Exploration of Birth, 10 July 2012
This review is from: Rediscovering Birth (Paperback)
Sheila Kitzinger is a must-read for all mothers-to-be; I firmly believe that her New Experience of Childbirth was one of the main reasons that the birth of my daughter was such a very special occasion - she changed my mindset and for the better.

Rediscovering Birth is an anthropological exploration of birth through history and around the globe. A fascinating read, it had me hooked from start to finish. There is a wistfulness throughout, at how much we have lost in our Westernised birth practises - how much wisdom, female solidarity and support has fallen by the wayside. And a sadness too, that so many societies look to the West in the belief that we somehow do things better. One can only hope that future generations in the cultures discussed, don't have to look to this book to see how their families used to birth.

I do feel though, that the book gives little credit for the times that modern birth practises truly are life saving. In 2000, 529000 women died during pregnancy or shortly after birth (United Nations) - only 1% of these deaths happened in industrialised countries. We MUST learn from other cultures; there is so much we have lost and so much we can gain, to truly empower women during birth. But we should also retain a a little gratitude for a system that, for all its flaws, does indeed save lives.


The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed Up Medicine is Bad for Your Health
The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed Up Medicine is Bad for Your Health
by Margaret McCartney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you care about your health, 4 May 2012
There is a very strong history of breast cancer in my family. Nevertheless, when I'm offered regular screening mammograms in a couple of years time, I will probably refuse them. It's also unlikely that I will go for any more smear tests, despite the recent 'Jade Goody effect'.

Controversial?

Margaret McCartney's book separates the facts from the headlines, explains the encroaching position of government and pharmaceutical companies on our welfare, and explains how thousands of healthy people are being turned into patients. She looks at the influence of charity and celebrity, and emphasises the increasingly difficult position that our GPs are placed in today.
This is a fascinating, well-researched and easy to read book that should make you question how the NHS works, how it ought to work, and how you want it to work for you.


Philips AVENT SCD288/00 Breastfeeding Support Set
Philips AVENT SCD288/00 Breastfeeding Support Set

29 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly frustrating, 20 Mar. 2012
This is not a 'Complete Breastfeeding Set'. All you need to breastfeed are breasts and a baby.

Yet more marketing to convince new parents to spend a huge amount of money on something they may never use or need.

By all means, prepare to express but there are better pumps than the Avent (I speak from experience). Oh, and a steriliser isn't really necessary for cleaning bottles that have contained breast milk. It's possible to buy any expressing equipment you might need for a lot less than £200. Don't be taken in.


My Child Won't Eat!: How to enjoy mealtimes without worry
My Child Won't Eat!: How to enjoy mealtimes without worry
by Carlos González
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all parents, 18 Mar. 2012
My Child Won't Eat should be read by every parent, regardless of whether they have concerns over their child's eating habits or not.

Carlos Gonzalez explains concisely and clearly the science and facts behind infant weight gain, fussiness, the importance of breastfeeding, and how modern life affects such a basic survival function as eating. The book is peppered with real life examples of parents worried about their children's eating habits - whilst some will find comfort in similarities, others will be horrified at the advice dished out by health professionals. Gonzalez seeks to reassure and does so without judgement.

Personally I wish there had been a final chapter on pre-schooler eating habits; but nevertheless I gained both calm strategy and reassurance from this very common-sense book.


The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing
The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love and Healing
by Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and insightful, 15 Dec. 2011
The Oxytocin Factor answered questions that I hadn't realised I needed to ask.

Written with simplicity and warmth, it explores a previously neglected area - one that has far reaching implications to the lives of everyone, young and old.

Whether you are a nursing mother experiencing that rush of love for your child; whether you are someone who values the peace and calm of yogic meditation; or if you are someone who craves an escape from daily chaos, this book explains why these feelings happen, and why they are so important.


Complementary Feeding: Nutrition, Culture and Politics
Complementary Feeding: Nutrition, Culture and Politics
by Gabrielle Palmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thought provoking book, 17 Nov. 2011
For anyone who read and enjoyed 'The Politics of Breastfeeding', Gabrielle Palmer's 'Complimentary Feeding' is a must read.

Quietly and simply she states the facts about what we eat, what we need to eat, and how we feed our children. It explores the manipulation of our society into certain beliefs and leaves you pondering the longevity of current global food culture.

This is a little gem of a book.


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