Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan: A revolutionary guide to pregnancy, birth and the weeks that follow Paperback – 3 May 2018
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What a reassuring, informative and powerful tool for women! The book has everything a pregnant woman needs and is the perfect combination of facts and figures and personal stories and accounts of birth. I'm sure this will be the go-to book for women for many years to come (Helen Thorn, host of the 'Scummy Mummies' podcast)
I wish there'd been a book like this when I was pregnant. It almost makes me want to have another child. Almost (Bryony Gordon)
Rebecca is a living, breathing Wonder Woman heroine. In a sea of complicated, important and sometimes angry debate around childbirth, she is a mast to hold onto. I think she is wonderfully balanced, informed, highly respectful and compassionate (Cherry Healey, presenter and author of 'Letters to My Fanny')
In Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan Rebecca presents information, tips and suggestions about pregnancy, childbirth and the early days of motherhood in an accessible and honest way. Her approach is that every woman is unique and knows her own physical and emotional make up better than anyone else. She therefore avoids taking an ideological position on any issue and never uses words like must, allowed and can't. Instead women are supported to think through what they want and, even when life does not go to plan, to take control for themselves. This rights based approach is refreshing and hugely helpful for women. I loved and highly recommend this book (Dame Cathy Warwick MSc RM, CEO of Royal College Midwives 2008-2017 and Chair British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
I've spent most of my life as a midwife serving childbearing women and their families, and for the majority of that time, have striven to be open, to be alongside, and to create a unique space for each woman to be herself. Turning each page Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan made my heart leap with joy, as I felt Schiller was trying to do the same. This book provides an expectant mother (or reader) with unbiased, not prescriptive, non-judgemental suggestions when negotiating pregnancy, labour and birth, and the first few weeks of motherhood. The content is easy to read, simple to navigate, with reminders and reference to useful sections. What's more, there is a dedicated website with more references and further reading - an excellent idea to keep content current and topical. Schiller is clear, the book isn't a prescriptive manual, but a resource that aims to support decision making, and to be a 'doula in your pocket' I think this book is THE one for 2018 and beyond, and I'll definitely be recommending to all (Sheena Byrom, consultant midwife and co-lead of the Midwifery Unit Network)
It used to be that women could rely on a village to support them through the crazy rollercoaster that is pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. These days, what we invariably get is confusing and conflicting 'advice', endless judgment and crashing guilt. Enter the wonderful Rebecca Schiller, who counters this with wisdom, wit, genuine expertise - and absolutely zero judgement. She is a true sister for our times. (Clemency Burton-Hill, BBC broadcaster and author of 'Year of Wonder')
I picked up this up for a quick flick-through, 45 minutes later I was still deeply engrossed. Such an intelligent, informative and well-rounded guide to having a baby. It covers both the physical process, but also the impact it has on your sense of self. Love it! (Clemmie Telford, author of the 'Mother of All Lists' blog)
This book is wonderful - beautifully written, warm and full of compassion and wisdom. I can't think of a panicky question I had thought of through either of my pregnancies (and I thought of them at a rate of five per second) that wouldn't have been answered by this book. I wish I had had it, in fact. A very empowering guide to becoming a mother. I loved it. (Robyn Wilder The Pool)
When I gave birth I had Rebecca Schiller by my side, literally. Now every other pregnant woman can have her book. Real talk from real people about the glorious imperfection of it all (Sophie Heawood, Guardian feature writer)
Your No-Guilt Pregnancy Plan is destined to become THE BOOK you pass down to your sister with a little nod: as well as all the helpful stuff about babies, it's brilliant on prioritising your own mental health (Eva Wiseman)
About the Author
Rebecca Schiller is the CEO of Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, and a doula, who is known by her Twitter handle The Hackney Doula. She is the author of Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter and is a regular contributor to numerous publications including the Guardian and The Pool. Rebecca lives on a ramshackle smallholding withher husband, her two children and a motley crew of chickens and ducks.
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About Rebecca Schiller
Rebecca Schiller is the CEO of Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, and a doula, who is known by her Twitter handle The Hackney Doula. She is the author of Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter and is a regular contributor to numerous publications including the Guardian and The Pool. Rebecca lives on a ramshackle smallholding with her husband, her two children and a motley crew of chickens and ducks.
About the book
Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan is a revolutionary new guide to pregnancy and childbirth that puts the power firmly in your hands. It won't tell you what fruit your baby resembles week-by-week, but it will cover the huge shifts happening in your relationships, body, work and emotional life right now, giving you practical tools, tips and real stories to help you make a plan that is uniquely yours yet flexible enough to accommodate whatever your pregnancy, birth and life throw at you.
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I’ll be recommending it to all I know!
Unlike most pregnancy books, I didn't feel patronised or spoken down to. Rebecca understands that most woman do not want to sacrifice the rest of their lives and interests as soon and they become mothers, and it covers really practical stuff outside of the actual birth and pregnancy, such as relationships, work and mental health.
I'm so grateful this book exists and if you are going to buy any pregnancy book make sure it's this one!