The decisions that we make about our pregnancy and childbirth journeys can shape our experiences, health and lives, as well as those of our families.
But many of those decisions are complex, confusing and overwhelming. They are often made harder by the fact that we live in a world full of information, options and opinions, which aren’t all woman-centred.
What’s Right For Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth explains the different perspectives and approaches that people take towards childbirth. It offers tips, tools and ways of thinking that will help you find the path that’s right for you.
“This is a wonderful book. I love its chatty style and real respect for women’s rights.” – Beverley Beech, Formerly Hon Chair, Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services.
A version of this book was first published as a booklet in 2002, but it went out of print. Sara decided to revisit the issues and write a significantly expanded and updated second edition in 2018 while she was also writing an updated version of ‘Inducing Labour: making informed decisions‘.
“I know that women and birth professionals really appreciate my books on topics like induction and group B strep, but I also realised that we needed something different; something that looked in more depth at issues like risk; a book that would serve as a signpost and a guide to help women and families all their consider birth-related decisions. So this book contains friendly but in-depth discussions and loads of tools and ways of thinking which I hope will help people better understand the landscape and the options that they have.” – Sara Wickham
- What does the childbirth decision making landscape look like?
- What is informed decision making?
- Perspectives on childbirth
- Putting risk into perspective
- The risks of focusing on risk
- Considering your own beliefs about life, birth and information
- A few tips on weighing up information
- Finding a path through the information jungle
- Understanding birth intervention
- Real-life birth decision making
The book also contains a ‘references, resources and reading’ section and a series of appendices which offer information on issues such as getting information about birh rights, changing care provider, defining consent and responding to fear-based information. The appendices also include expanded versions of Sara’s popular blog posts, ‘how to cancel a labour induction’ and ‘three things I wish every woman knew about pregnancy and birth knowledge’.
About the Author
Dr Sara Wickham is a midwife, educator and researcher who has been writing and lecturing about induction of labour for more than twenty years.She also wrote her PhD thesis on this topic.
Sara is the author or editor of fifteen books, has edited three midwifery journals and provides in-person and online educational and consultancy services for midwifery, medical and health-related practitioners and organisations around the world.
A Few Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get it? This book is available from Amazon and good bookstores. We usually have copies at Sara’s workshops and events. If you can’t get it in your country, please use our contact form and we’ll do our best to help. We’re also happy to mail out orders of 5 or more books if you want to get a few for clients, colleagues or friends.
“I’m really happy to be able to put these books together and am always delighted when people tell me that my books help them or their clients. I very much hope that this update will help more people to understand the issues and make the decisions that are right for them.” – Sara Wickham
Do let us know if you have more questions and we will add the answers in here.