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For all women with healthy pregnancies who want to arm themselves with knowledge and avoid unnecessary interventions.
Author and mother Sonia Killik, urges and empowers expectant mothers to take back control of their bodies and their births. In a medicated world dominated by caesareans, interventions and impersonality, this step-by-step guide navigates the world of childbirth procedures.
It provides an in-depth account of all the options available to expectant women - from midwives and doulas, home and hospital births, and all the drugs and interventions in between, leaving the reader fully-equipped, knowledgeable and ready to choose the method of their baby's birth.
By sharing her own personal experience of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, this book is an honest, empowering and highly readable guideline to childbirth.
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Why did I write Birth?
The global caesarean rate far exceeds WHO's recommendation of 10-15%, in South Africa (where I live) our statistics are above 70%. Why is that? Are 70% of our women in need of medical intervention during their birth? Or is there another reason?
I am pretty hard hitting in my opinion of Obstetricians who push for unnecessary birth interventions, there are of course ob/gyn's who genuinely support their patients in their choice for a natural birth - however the truth is that it is far easier and more profitable for doctors to control the labour, duration and method of their patients birth than it is to allow nature to take its course. As a midwife once told me - for every one natural birth taking place in a hospital - 18 caesareans are performed. You do the maths.
I wrote Birth for the sole purpose of educating moms-to-be about the side effects of unnecessary birth interventions; from inducing labour, to epidurals, pictocin, to forceps and beyond. Medicine has its place in childbirth and in the instances where there is distress to mom or baby - we should employ all skills available to assist. Unfortunately healthy pregnancy are interfered with despite medical necessity or in some cases, even the agreement of a labouring mom.
It is an emotional topic - but an important one. I believe that childbirth must return to more respectful and sacred practices (regardless of the method). As the thousands of childbirth activism groups around the world attest - women are beginning to question their treatment in hospitals, as they should. I hope my contribution towards the childbirth movement results in empowering women and perhaps influencing hospital procedures to place the beauty of childbirth above profit.
Sonia Killik is a metaphysician who is deeply committed to helping people heal and lead awesome lives. Before turning to full-time writing she managed an NGO where she had the pleasure of bugging big business to change their ways. Her candid and honest approach has made her a popular guest speaker and a frequent contributor to many publications. Her first book Birth: F**k Yeah! debunks many of the myths surrounding childbirth, and is soon to be followed by Human: What to do about it. When not dancing around her house with her daughter Lulu, Sonia can be found night-running with a barely working headlamp. Visit her website at www.soniakillik.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Google +
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