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on 8 April 2009
To me this book read like a long whinge about pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, from someone who's life beforehand had pehaps been just a little too easy and comfortable, who didn't enjoy the hard work and weight gain (in her case) associated with childbirth. The author came across as melodramatic and spoilt, she appeared to be actively searching her experiences for any slight insult or difficulty to include in this long complaint of a book.

It was quite clear that having written the book entirely from an American perspective, her publishers suggested that she tack on a few token bits about maternity rights and childbirth in the UK and a couple of interviews with (educated, successful, middle class) British women so the book could be marketed over here.

There are genuine gripes, like over medicalised births in the US & many other western countries. Undoubtedly the transition to motherhood is a difficult one for many, however many of the concerns listed in this book could only be the preserve of wealthy and priviledged minority.
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