The Homebirth Handbook: How to Have Your Baby Calmly and Safely at Home

The Homebirth Handbook: How to Have Your Baby Calmly and Safely at Home

by Annie Francis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785040245
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Annie Francis has been a midwife for 17 years and is CEO of Neighbourhood Midwives, a busy and successful London-based midwifery service. She has four children, three of which she gave birth to at home.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Planning your Home Birth 7

The Context for Contemporary Home Birth 9

Thinking Ahead 23

Getting Things Ready 37

Labour and Birth 61

Pain Relief at Home 89

Possible Complications and Reasons for Transfer 107

Prolonged Pregnancy and Going 'Postdates' 133

The Immediate Postnatal Period 141

Part 2 Birth Stories 145

Second baby after poor experience with firstborn 147

A father's perspective 151

Hypnobirthing and water birth at home 155

Second baby born before arrival 158

Traumatic first birth; home birth with continuity for second baby 163

First birth preterm and traumatic; second baby home birth with continuity 167

A quick birth with hypnobirthing 174

A positive experience of continuity 175

Second baby at home after previous transfer 178

Second baby at home in water 180

Hypnobirthing second baby after traumatic first experience 184

Part 3 The History and Politics Underpinning Modern Childbirth 187

A History of Birth 189

Models of Care and Contemporary Home Birth 233

Whereto Give Birth 245

Resources 259

References 263

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