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Read if your a midwife and very open minded, parents choose another book
on 29 November 2015
This book is slightly strange in that it is split into two almost completely different genres - one half is birth stories and the other is like a medical text book and is almost impossible for a person without a background in midwifery to read. This book was actually recommended by our independent midwife and we bought it as we were aiming for a home birth with minimal medical intervention. In principle the work of Ina May is very good and she is definitely sails a flagship for au natural births, however I found the book quite boring and wasn't really representative of modern day British couples because it's all based on her work in America, which would be fine but I couldn't find any commonality with how her work could transcend to achieving a home birth in the UK where the law and medical system work very differently. There were a lot of pictures of people from the 70's who left nothing to the imagination and I think a lot of people would be put off this book just by seeing these.