’I would recommend this book to mums-to-be, fathers, birth partners, therapists and anyone interested in a natural birth.’
Title: Beautiful Birth: Practical techniques to help you enjoy your birth
Author: Suzanne Yates
Publisher: Pinter and Martin Ltd
Reviewer: Tara Dorn, Colorectal Nurse Practitioner, Nottingham University Hospitals.
What was it like?
Suzanne Yates has out done herself describing in detail the fundamentals and preparing for birth techniques. This 128 page book is clear to understand and follow, with its refreshing attitude towards a positive natural birth. It is easy to read and is not overwhelming like some of the pregnancy books I have come across. The colourful illustrations makes practicing the positions and massage techniques easy. The section detailing preparing for birth and discussing the stages of labour I found in particular informative as a expectant first time mum. There is a section within this, which discusses the different types of pain relief that is available during labour. It was lovely to read positivity surrounding epidurals, pethidine and so on and how you can use the techniques learned in the fundamentals section to get the most from the pain relief you choose.
What were the highlights?
The aspect of this book I like the most is that you can read it from cover to cover but it is also adaptable. You can use it as a manual and read particular sections relevant to you, your pregnancy and birth plan. Your birth partner can also use it in this way. This book is as useful to mothers as it is to them. The section on how to choose a birth partner clearly outlines points to consider but will also help prepare your birth partner in what is expected of them.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The only contribution I think, would make this book truly exceptional, would be real life examples. It would be nice to hear from women who have used the techniques outlined in this book and Suzanne Yates previous books. It is always nice to be able to relate to others experiences but it also gives the reader reassurance that they are not the only ones going through these experiences.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to mums-to-be, fathers, birth partners, therapists and anyone interested in a natural birth. I have a interest in hypnobirthing and this book accompanies that technique well.