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Pregnancy 'Must have' books 


The only book of it's kind

Need to know your rights if you are referred to social services for freebirthing, declining vaccines or simply going against the grain?

A fully comprehensive paperback book to help you understand your rights with social services

This is the ONLY book of it's kind. More and more women are deciding to freebirth, decline standard medical intervention and vaccinations. Even though this is completely within your rights and 100% legal, this does not stop ignorant healthcare workers from referring you to social services. This book will help you to understand how to navigate such a challenging system, your rights, steps to take to avoid social services and what to do if you find yourself under their watchful eye. Complete with template letters, steps to complain and even wise words from Beverely Beech - Author of ‘Am I Allowed’.

There is no other book available to help parents in these unprecedented times. This is a MUST have for awakened parents.


Can I choose where to give birth to my baby? Why do I have to have an ultrasound examination?Induction of labour -do I need one?Can I decide who will be with me during my labour? How do I complain about the care I received? This book focuses, primarily, on the maternity rights of women in the UK. Much of the information is also appropriate for those in other high income countries. It sets out to help you to understand your options and rights through all stages of pregnancy, birth, and postnatally. It has been written by Beverley Lawrence Beech an author, birth activist, international speaker and is based on 40 years' experience challenging the over-medicalised, hospital-based, model of childbirth. Most women, trust the system to provide them with the best of care, 'What is must be best' (Macintyre 1984) and discover, too late, and to their cost, that the care was often based on routine and rules to which they were expected to conform. Although women are often told that 'every birth is different' there is within the hospital system an expectation that every birth will fit a specific set of rules or guidelines. If your pregnancy or birth is not conforming to the guidelines then you can find yourself at odds with the staff or agreeing to something with which you are not comfortable. This book explains the issues and what choices you have. It is your body, your baby, and you are the one who makes the decisions. The current fashion is for 'joint decision making' a subtle phrase that still suggests that the professionals are the ones to make the decision when, indeed, their role is to discuss with the woman the risks and benefits of any particular intervention so that the woman can then make a decision. Even if the woman's decision is 'you do what you think is best doctor'. That is a decision. It is not a 'joint decision'. Most women expect to have a happy and normal straightforward birth, but there is a possibility that this may not include you, in which case it is better to be forewarned and forearmed so that you are well-placed to make a decision that is best for you and your baby. In which case, this book is a must read for every woman.

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Pregnant women and maternity services are facing an induction epidemic. As medical guidelines include more “at risk” categories, women and our already overwhelmed and under resourced maternity systems are increasingly pressured to induce birth before labour begins spontaneously. Women are deemed to be too large and too old, while babies are estimated to be too big and too overdue. But is ‘better-out-than-in’ really a safer option than waiting to birth in your own time?

Staggeringly, over a third of all pregnant women have their labour medically induced, and this is accompanied by a tsunami of avoidable medical interventions. Worldwide, this trend is growing at an alarming rate. This is despite both a lack of evidence demonstrating its benefits and a wealth of evidence indicating the significant short- and long-term negative impacts of induction on the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.

In this timely book, Dr Sara Wickham demystifies the evidence and highlights the significant discrepancies between guidelines and what we really know about the benefits of supporting women to birth spontaneously. With her renowned ability to make complex issues understandable, her holistic approach and more than twenty-five years’ experience as a midwife and researcher, Dr Wickham draws on a wide range of evidence, including the voices of women and practitioners, to answer vital questions such as: How accurate are due dates? Is it really that risky to wait? Does induction make a difference? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we address the induction epidemic?


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According to Laura Kaplan Shanley, a renowned leader in the natural-birth movement, childbirth is inherently safe and relatively painless — provided we refrain from physical or psychological interference. The problems often associated with birth can be traced to three main factors: poverty, unnecessary medical intervention, and fear. When these causes are eliminated, most women can give birth either alone or with the help of a partner, friends, or family.This third edition of Unassisted Childbirth leads with a history of childbirth and then describes how most deliveries occur today, detailing why these processes don't serve mothers or babies. The information in this ground-breaking book gives women yet another legitimate choice in childbirth that doesn't rely on doctors and technology, and allows parents, birth professionals, and general readers to reexamine their most basic ideas about birth and learn to think in new ways.