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Kicki Hansard


Imagine if there was more to birth than being afraid? Imagine if birth could be empowering and joyful? Whether you are planning a homebirth or a caesarean, the birth of your baby has the potential to be a positive experience you will look back on with pride. This book shows you how it can be done, answering all your questions about birth, arming you with the knowledge you need to make informed choices, and filling you with confidence to trust your instincts and take control.


In The Secrets of Birth, award-winning doula and mother of two, Kicki Hansard, lets you in on her birth and parenting secrets, gathered over 15 years of supporting hundreds of families. Straight-talking and honest, packed with real-world examples, and filled with evidence based information, The Secrets of Birth is your secret weapon to help you prepare for a positive birth.


“Encouraging women to really examine what it is they want and reminding them that they have the right to choose and be respected in these choices needs to be to first thing we communicate to women. Kicki does this right up front.”

Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery


“A book that can be your friend and companion through pregnancy and birth.”  

Rebecca Schiller, Birthrights


“Potent, truthful and an incredible gift of insight to give women at this very precious time.”

Katy Appleton, appleyoga

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Katerine Graves


The widely popular Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves is available. The book comes with a relaxation audio and is based on the effective and sympathetic approach Katharine Graves has developed over the past 10 years and will appeal to those who have an interest in promoting calm and natural births and positive early years development.

Expectant mothers and fathers will find within this book essential knowledge with skills that release fear, build confidence, and help them look forward positively to the birth of their baby.

Hypnobirthing Teachers, especially those that have been trained by Katharine, will find this book inspiring and helpful as they run their own training courses. Midwives will find it invaluable as it throws fresh light on their midwifery practice and re-kindles the inspiration that first brought them into midwifery. All health professionals that take an interest in birth will find it serves as a positive introduction to Hypnobirthing and its growing acceptance in the UK.

Katharine Graves, leading hypnobirthing teacher, is the founder of KGHypnobirthing the original UK Hypnobirthing.

She has personally taught KGHypnobirthing to over 2000 couples, and KGHypnobirthing has trained over 1000 teachers, a large number being midwives.

Katharine is the author of the best selling book, The Hypnobirthing Book, which sells internationally.


Milli Hill

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"I only wish I had read this when I was pregnant. Full to bursting with useful stuff!" Sarah Turner, The Unmumsy Mum

"A great read: honest, lively, fresh and helpful. This book puts women in the driving seat which is key to positive change." Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives

Work out what kind of birth you really want, and learn how to maximise your chances of getting it, in this refreshing, warm and witty guide to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks. Packed with vital and cutting-edge information on everything from building the ultimate birth plan, to your choices and rights in the birth room; from optimal cord clamping, to seeding the microbiome; from the inside track on breastfeeding, to woman-centred caesarean, The Positive Birth Book shows you how to have the best possible birth, regardless of whether you plan to have your baby in hospital, in the birth centre, at home or by elective caesarean. Find out how the environment you give birth in, your mindset and your expectations can influence the kind of birth you have, and be inspired by the voices of real women, who tell you the truth about what giving birth really feels like.

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Ina May Gaskin

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Ina May Gaskin, America's leading midwife, shares her exceptional birthing wisdom in this intuitive guide to childbirth. By sharing a wealth of knowledge generated by three decades of experience she explains why the natural birthing process, when left to its own devices, can proceed so beautifully on its own.
In this invaluable book Ina May teaches you:
- What really happens during labour
- How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting
- Tips for maximising your chances of an unmedicated labour and birth
- The risks of anaesthesia and caesareans - what your doctor doesn't necessarily tell you
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is an inspiring read and gives women the opportunity to take back the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies. It tells you everything you need to know to have the best birth experience for you - whether in a hospital, birthing centre or the comfort of home

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