Birth Without Fear: The Judgement-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum by January Harshe
Published March 5th, 2019 by Hachette Books
In Birth Without Fear, January Harshe–founder of the global online community Birth Without Fear–delivers an honest, positive, and passionate message of empowerment surrounding everything that involves having a baby. It’s a guide that fills in the considerable cracks in the information available to women and families when they’re preparing to welcome a child–covering care provider choices, medical freedom, birth options, breastfeeding, intimacy, postpartum depression, and much more. Birth Without Fear shows moms, dads, partners, and families how to choose the best provider for them, how to trust in themselves and the birth process, and how to seek the necessary help after the baby has arrived. In addition, it will educate them about their rights–and how to use their voice to exercise them–as well as how to cope with the messy postpartum feelings many people aren’t willing to talk about. Unlike other pregnancy books, Birth Without Fear will also help partners understand what mothers are going through, as well as discuss the challenges that they, too, will face–and how they can navigate them.
This is such a great book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting pregnant or is currently pregnant. I am currently TTC and have been reading a lot of different books. I tend to gravitate towards a more natural approach to pregnancy and labor & delivery. However, as I have yet to experience either of these, some of the natural approach books can be a bit intimidating on certain aspects. But, I really didn’t like some of the “traditional” pregnancy books because some of them skipped out on a lot of important information. The great things about Birth Without Fear is that is covers both perspectives in a completely non-judgemental way. You want to have a medication free birth with a doula and a midwife? Great! You want to have a scheduled c-section with your OB? Great! The author respects the fact that everyone has a different approach to pregnancy and birth. And although there are of course things that have been proven to be effective, there are many other choices that each woman needs to make for herself.
This book goes through pregnancy, labor & delivery and post-partum. The author includes some of her own experiences and touches on topics such as plus size pregnancy, that I really haven’t read about in any other books. Birth Without Fear is a great book for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. And if you enjoy the book, check out the community around the Birth Without Fear movement on Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book!