Jodi Wilson and Sophie Walker

The Complete Australian Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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The definitive guide to help you navigate pregnancy and prepare for a positive birth experience by the creator of the top-rating podcast, Australian Birth Stories.
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Research claims that a positive birth experience - regardless of where or how a woman is birthing - is dependent on two things: a pregnant woman has the opportunity to make informed decisions, and those decisions are respected and supported by her care provider.

After interviewing over 300 Australian women for her hugely popular podcast Australian Birth Stories (over 9 million downloads and counting), Sophie Walker has written THE book for expecting parents.

The Complete Australian Guide to Pregnancy and Birth draws on the expertise of dozens of doctors, midwives and other health specialists to offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about pregnancy, labour, birth and early postpartum in Australia. From making essential care decisions, asking questions of care providers and managing being overwhelmed to navigating physical changes and preparing for labour, this book is your trusted companion as you make the transition to motherhood. And among all the facts, stats and info is a lot of gentle and kind advice, including first-hand accounts of births, in all kinds of birth settings, from families of diverse backgrounds.

This is the book that shares the wisdom of women and their birth stories, so that you can make informed and empowered decisions that are best for you. Every page reminds you that your pregnancy matters, your labour matters, your birth matters.

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Author Sophie Walker is the host of the top-rated weekly podcast Australian Birth Stories (9 million downloads and counting), creator of educational programs for pregnancy and motherhood, and mother to 3 boys under 8.

She has a Masters in Public Health, and for as long as she can remember, she’s been deeply interested in babies and birth; a fascination that only amplified when she became pregnant with her eldest son, Niko. Despite planning for a drug-free birth centre birth, what unfolded was a lengthy 36-hour labour with a hospital transfer, induction, epidural, episiotomy, forceps, and a postpartum haemorrhage

Along with her new baby and her aching postpartum body, Sophie carried significant physical and emotional trauma home from the hospital. Her second birth was the complete opposite; positive, redemptive, and empowering.

Sophie knows that women have positive births every day - in the comfort of their home, in surgical theatres, in birth centre bathtubs and on the bed in hospital labour wards, and that the foundation of these positive birth experiences is birth education. Her podcast is a beautiful collection of stories that have become a powerful, informative and, often entertaining, resource. It’s endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives and currently has over 9 million downloads. Sitting alongside the podcast is a series of online education courses that feature interviews with leading specialists in perinatal health, and now, this hugely important book.

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Everything you need to read as a new Mum

This guide has everything you need to read as a new Mum in Australia. It was easy to digest and included heaps of birth stories to shed light on many different things.

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I have no idea what I’m doing

First time mum-to-be - bought this book on recommendation from another pregnant friend & it has so much useful information. I almost feel like I know what I’m doing/what to expect along my pregnancy!

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Practical and Human

With a series of real stories and experiences mixed within the practical advice and theoretical insights this read is a must.

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The Complete Australian Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Jodi Wilson and Sophie Walker