’I would recommend this book to pregnant women, student midwives and healthcare professionals as it is such a balanced and informative read, without becoming boring’
Title: Why home birth matters
Author: Natalie Meddings
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
Reviewer: Elaine Williams, Innovation Lead & Freedom To Speak Up Guardian, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
The author addresses the loaded nature of this topic quite early on in the book. This makes the rest of her arguments a lot more comprehensible. The personal stories that were interspersed in the book at relevant times enabled the reader explore the notion that that home births have different sides, different flavours and in general unlike hospital births they don’t tend to follow a particular agenda. That’s actually one of the highlights of this book; it comfortably accommodates the variety of births that happen within a home setting.
What were the highlights?
The author doesn’t paint an extreme and wonderful picture of home birth as a lot of books and proponents of this ideology tend to do. She does not dismiss the need and place for medical intervention and that makes this book stand out amongst the general chatter of hyperbole of either extreme when it comes to home birth
Strengths & weaknesses:
The author dispels a lot of myths surrounding home birth and it was fascinating to discover more about the positive aspects of having a baby in one’s own home.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to pregnant women, student midwives and healthcare professionals as it is such a balanced and informative read, without becoming boring. It also handily fits in a bag so easy to have to hand when you’re travelling to work/midwife appointments.
why home birth matters