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The Father's Home Birth Handbook
What do a Dutch university lecturer, a US Marine, a Scottish artist, and an English engineer have in common? They have all experienced the transformative power of home birth, and their stories - and many others - are told in this groundbreaking book. As hospital-based maternity services become increasingly medicalised, more and more parents are deciding that birth belongs ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 3rd 2008 by Victoria Park Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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This book is more a collection of encouraging anecdotes and statistical information for those considering home birth than a “handbook” or how to guide. It’s also full of typos. If you’ve already decided to go the route of home birth, rather than read this book I’d recommend a class on the Bradley method—which was invaluable in helping me prepare—though the book on the Bradley method is pretty outdated and heteronormative. For alternative reading, I’d highly recommend The Essential Homebirth Guid ...more
Leah Hazard grew up in the United States and graduated from Harvard University before moving to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in journalism and the arts. The birth of her first child promoted her to change direction; she is now a midwife and continues to promote positive change in the maternity services.