For more than a decade, Aussie dads have prepared for fatherhood with this best-selling guide to childbirth. And pregnant women are reading it too. This here is the best childbirth book as recommended by midwives, obstetricians and expectant couples all over Australia.
Childbirth can be a daunting prospect for men who are usually overlooked when it comes to birth preparation. Yet, when it comes to the big day, they are expected to know exactly how to support their partner through what can be the most physically challenging and emotionally charged event in their whole lives. Birth is not a spectator sport and support partners have a profound impact on their partner’s birth experience.
This book tells it to you straight, without the fluff, all wrapped in down-to-earth birth stories from the trenches of birthing units and home birth pools all over the country. Discover how to help your partner have a faster, easier birth. Learm what to say and what not to say during childbirth, understand how to adjust your support for each stage of labour. This book gives dads-to-be (and any other support people) the info they need to be involved in the birth of their baby in the best way possible, together with birth stories from men who’ve been there before and learned the hard way. And sometimes the funny way. Always the hands-on way.
Lucy is the creator of Beer + Bubs, childbirth education for men run in pubs all over Australia. Shes a certified doula too. Lucy is the founder and former MD of a creative agency and the former founding director and CEO of an international aid organisation which funded obstetric hospitals and a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Lucy is an award-winning keynote speaker, writer, management consultant and mother of three. She is also the author of Get the Girls Out: a memoir of love, loss and letting loose.
Why would a woman be the author of a book for the lads? Only a woman can really explain how childbirth actually feels and as a professional doula or birth attendant, Lucy has supported many couples to give birth. Furthermore, she was married to a man for 20 years and this taught her that men are terrible mind readers. They prefer you tell it to them straight and thats the only way she knows how.
Cheers to Childbirth also includes the expert opinion of midwife Edwina Sharrock, obstetrician Dr John Keogh and a number of other professional health practitioners, with the foreword by retired obstetrician Dr Ric Porter.
* The only guide that prepares men and other support partners for childbirth.
* Packed with practical info and wrapped in memorable birth stories.
* Recommended by obstetricians, midwives and couples.