Title: Bump 2 Baby - A Young Persons Guide to Pregnancy
Author: Paul Mcabe
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Reviewer: Elisabeth McNair-Johnston. RN RM (Former Project Midwife)
What was it like?
Aimed at the younger population, Paul McCabe and Birmingham Youth Service have collaborated in putting this book together for younger people. They also took advice from other healthcare professionals to ensure that accurate information is provided.
The soft covered pocket book is a handy size and very clearly set out, covering the salient points of pregnancy and what to expect in a simple and informed manner. Much of the terminology used in the maternity setting is explained in an easy to understand way.
What were the highlights?
This is an ideal book to give a young person facing a first pregnancy and very appropriate to give at the initial booking appointment. It is an excellent resource that will inform throughout the pregnancy and birth.
The content is a ‘walk through’ of pregnancy and birth in simple terms. It explains what to expect and where to look for help should it be needed either in relation to the pregnancy or birth and more. Helpful information on housing and benefits is also included. These areas are a constantly changing vista so having such up to date information is very helpful.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The eye catching colour drawings and format are creatively aimed at the younger person and provides information in a way that encourages the reader to continue to the next page.
Areas in the book are provided to make lists of items needed to prepare for labour and the arrival of the new baby.
Who should read it?
Any reader would find this a valuable and accurate source of information. While much of its content could be found elsewhere, particularly in NHS publications and the internet, the most positive aspect of this book is that it touches on everything about pregnancy with the young person’s perspective in mind. This clear focus makes it an effective source of information for its target audience.