Tag Archives: Birth

KarenBirth Plan Prompt Sheet

Birth planning is a vague science; some birth workers now refer to “birth preferences” instead, and some prefer to avoid this sort of planning altogether. I’ve found a few resources online including this comprehensive tool from the NHS, and cobbled … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin is an author, doula, childbirth educator, and birth counsellor. I was advised to read this book prior to my first job as a birth doula, and having now read it through, I will probably take it with me … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: Life After Birth, by Kate Figes

Kate Figes seems to make a living writing about how awful things are. According to her, birth is awful, and motherhood is awful, and if you haven’t done either of these things yet, this book is pretty certain to put … Continue reading

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KarenTropes about homebirth

I like Alice Roberts, she is interesting and clever. Some of the things she has written about birth have given me plenty to think about, and it’s good for me to think. This evening twitter drew my attention to an … Continue reading

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KarenThe science of birthplace

My work now includes talking to parents-to-be about where they choose to give birth, and so this subject is of increasing interest, particularly since the skeptics I hang out with suck their teeth a little when we get on to … Continue reading

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KarenFirstborn by Katherine Gallagher

For years I dreamt you my lost child, a face unpromised. I gather you in, gambling, making maps over your head. You were the beginning of wish and when I finally held you, like some mother-cat I looked you over … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Severe Pre-eclampsia – Clair’s Story

Like the majority of people who get pregnant, when my husband and I became pregnant with our first child in late 2008, we had no reasons to suspect that we would have anything other than a totally normal pregnancy, hopefully … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: The Hormone of Closeness, by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg

The Hormone of Closeness: The role of oxytocin in relationships, is the second book I’ve read by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg on the subject of oxytocin, the hormone involved in childbirth, bonding and so much more. Moberg posits an explanation of … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: Bumpology, by Linda Geddes

Bumpology is an attractive and accessible book with a very clear and logical layout, which compensates for the lack of an index. It is as easy to dip into as it is to read from cover to cover; I know … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: Confident Birth, by Susanna Heli

Confident Birth is an attractive book with a well-argued premise that empowering women with confidence in their own bodies and a good understanding of what happens during birth is a deeply positive move. Heli asks why we should be so … Continue reading

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