Are you planning to get pregnant, are in the early stages of pregnancy or help care for pregnant women as a midwife, doula, nurse or doctor? I highly recommend adding what is sure to become a staple mom-to-be book to your library, The Happy Birth Book: Your Trusted A-Z of Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks written by Beverley Turner, a UK-based journalist, TV presenter, radio host and passionate birth and pregnancy advocate who founded the antenatal education course, The Happy Birth Club, with Pam Wild, a noted UK midwife who’s delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Offering a wide array of information–literally from A (acupuncture) to Z (zzz–sleep)–this book’s easy-to-navigate alphabetically-organized format is designed for women who want a lot of knowledge, but are short on time. Dive right into the topic you want to learn about (maybe a friend mentioned “Braxton Hicks contractions” in passing and you wanted to find out what it means), flag a section with a Post-It note for your partner to read or comb through each section one by one as you get the opportunity.
The Happy Birth Book isn’t just an informative guide, however. Turner, a mom of three, is driven by a mission to help women have more positive birth experiences. To do this, she encourages you to become an active member of your healthcare team in making your birth plan and helps you learn how to listen to your body and its needs. She also makes you aware of birth options that are available to you that a healthcare provider may not know about or suggest. And she offers practical advice based on years of experience working with future moms about how to avoid judgment, anxiety and worry about the choices you make–and how to find the kind of support that can help make your pregnancy, birth and early weeks a time to cherish.
As someone with a mission to educate women about their hormones to help make every day of their monthly cycles better, I’m inspired by Turner’s ongoing work to spread knowledge to women about the birth process to help make every pregnancy better.
The Happy Birth Book is currently available on Amazon’s UK website here in paperback and Kindle editions.
And I’m giving away one copy of this book to a lucky Hormonology reader. To enter the giveaway, simply click the button below, then type your email. I’ll be selecting a winner at random on June 17, 2017–and will be letting the winner know by email (so make sure you check all your folders!).