Blooming Birth: How to get the pregnancy and birth you want

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9780007184019: Blooming Birth: How to get the pregnancy and birth you want

The busy woman’s guide to taking control of pregnancy and birth.

Pregnancy titles have never been thicker on the ground, and women have supposedly more choices in childbirth than ever before. So why do 6 out of 10 women feel their antenatal classes completely failed to prepare them for birth? And 7 out of 10 say that they did not get the birth they wanted, and regretted it deeply?

Blooming Birth is a hands-on, focused guide to taking control of your pregnancy and birth, helping you prepare your body and brain for childbirth in the real world. It does not, like many pregnancy books, assume that all pregnant women have to do is sit around in sunny kitchens drinking orange juice. It is also a book for thinking women – both first time mums and those having second or subsequent babies who simply want it to be better this time. Each chapter contains crib sheets and bullet points for when you've only got a few minutes to spare.

In succinct, highly engaging language, in chapters from Birthing for Beginners to Frozen Peas and Pyjamas, it takes you through the realities of pregnancy and birth – from stretchmarks to guilt – and the decisions to be made, so that you can be confident of having a manageable, happy experience – whatever happens on the day.

Contents
• Pregnancy for busy women
• Birthing for Beginners
• Second Time Around
• Preconceptions
• The Unexpected
• Surgical Birth
• Your Options
• Your Support Team
• Your Partner
• Frozen Peas and Pyjamas – the keys to post-childbirth success

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‘It’s like listening to your best friends telling you what childbirth is really like – easy to read, brutally honest, full of advice.’ Sophie Raworth, BBC presenter and mother of three.

From the Author:

[Lucy Atkins] I wrote this book because it's the book I needed when I was pregnant - with each of my three babies. My first birth was a bit of a shock (an unexpected caesarean) and I was frankly terrified at the prospect of childbirth again. I was living in the states at the time, and met my co-author, Julia Guderian, a childbirth expert (a 'doula') who helped me to prepare myself, mentally as much as physically, so i'd cope with this birth brilliantly. I'm a journalist for The Guardian and other papers and magazines, and couldn't believe that with all the birth books out there, none really tackle what birth is like IN THE REAL WORLD - the pain and mess and unpredictability of the whole thing. I wanted to write a book that wasn't telling you how you SHOULD give birth, but was simply showing you how to make good decisions in advance,then COPE BRILLIANTLY with whatever happens on the day. Blooming Birth is the result. We've included a lot of practical information!
(you can dip in and out of these bits), but most importantly we're tackling the emotions of this whole scary, amazing business, so you get through it in brilliant shape whether this is your first baby or you have a whole brood already.

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