In Your Own Time now available!

In Your Own Time – now available, and on the bestseller list!

In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop is Dr Sara Wickham’s newest book.

It has been written to help parents and professionals to understand the issues and the evidence relating to the current induction epidemic.

It has a foreword written by consultant midwife Julie Frohlich.

And it’s available and already on the bestseller list!

 

Where to get your copy

You can get the paperback from Amazon UKAmazon Australia and Amazon.com, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.* We’ll add more links as other bookstores start to stock it.

Or take the IBSN (which is 978-1-914465024) to your local indie bookstore and ask them to order you a copy in..

*We have affiliate accounts with some of these retailers. Any profit goes to the Birth Information Project.

There’s loads more info and links to buy it on the book’s web page.

I hope you’ll find it useful.

 

If you’ve already got yours and are enjoying it, please leave me a review wherever you bought it from – it really helps to get the book shown to others!

 

What’s it all about?

Pregnant women and maternity services are facing an induction epidemic. As medical guidelines include more “at risk” categories, women and our already overwhelmed and under resourced maternity systems are increasingly pressured to induce birth before labour begins spontaneously. Women are deemed to be too large and too old, while babies are estimated to be too big and too overdue. But is “better-out-than-in” really a safer option than waiting to birth in your own time?

Staggeringly, over a third of all pregnant women have their labour medically induced, and this is accompanied by a tsunami of avoidable medical interventions. Worldwide, this trend is growing at an alarming rate. This is despite both a lack of evidence demonstrating its benefits and a wealth of evidence indicating the significant short- and long-term negative impacts of induction on the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.

In this timely book, Dr Sara Wickham demystifies the evidence and highlights the significant discrepancies between guidelines and what we really know about the benefits of supporting women to birth spontaneously. With her renowned ability to make complex issues understandable, her holistic approach and more than twenty-five years’ experience as a midwife and researcher, Dr Wickham draws on a wide range of evidence, including the voices of women and practitioners, to answer vital questions such as: How accurate are due dates? Is it really that risky to wait? Does induction make a difference? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about this situation?

In Your Own Time is both a masterclass in what the evidence really says about induction of labour and a fascinating insight into how birth has come to be controlled and undermined by Western medicine.

 

“This is such a vitally important book. With her brilliant brain and extensive experience, Dr Sara Wickham has pulled together and clearly interpreted the complex evidence about induction of labour. This book provides clarity about why increasing numbers of women are having their labours induced, and the problems with current guideline recommendations. It also offers suggestions about what we can all do to reclaim the parameters of normal and support women to birth in their own time. Anyone who cares about women and their experiences of birth needs this book.” Dr Rachel Reed, midwife and researcher.

 

Read the book’s story – from the author

I had already written one book about induction of labour, but I realised we needed another.

I’ve been working in this area for more than two decades, and there’s more that people need to know.

Like the fact that there are numerous benefits to going into labour spontaneously.

That the evidence doesn’t really show what some people and obstetric organisations claim it does.

There’s also an important history here. And I do mean “his” story, for the roots of the current situation lie in the patriarchal approach that our culture and western medicine has taken towards birth for the past two or three hundred years.

Women and families need better information on which to base their decisions. This is especially pertinent for those who are older or larger than average, who are told that their baby may be larger than average or who are offered induction purely because of the colour of their skin.

 

We need to challenge the Induction Epidemic

I had already written one book about induction, but I realised we needed another.

I’ve been working in this area for more than two decades, and there’s more that people need to know.

Like the fact that there are numerous benefits to going into labour spontaneously.

That the evidence doesn’t really show what some people and obstetric organisations claim it does.

There’s also an important history here. And I do mean “his” story, for the roots of the current situation lie in the patriarchal approach that our culture and western medicine has taken towards birth for the past two or three hundred years.

 

This information needs sharing.

So I spent my summer writing another book.

It’s called In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop.

Unlike some of my other books, it’s not a balanced appraisal of the pros and cons of intervention.

This is a book in which I tell the story about how western medicine has sought to control the onset of labour, and in which I look at what the evidence really says about induction and how this affects women, babies and families.

I share the mountain of evidence discussing the benefits of going into labour spontaneously, or in your own time.

I also share and analyse the evidence in some other important areas.

Women and families need to know what the evidence really says about due dates, about induction for suspected big babies, and for women who are older or larger than average.

And we need more understanding of why induction isn’t the answer to the higher perinatal mortality rates experienced by Black, Brown, Asian and mixed-race women, babies and families.

 

Where to get your copy

You can get the paperback from Amazon UKAmazon Australia and Amazon.com, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.* We’ll add more links as other bookstores start to stock it.

Or take the IBSN (which is 978-1-914465024) to your local indie bookstore and ask them to order you a copy in..

*We have affiliate accounts with some of these retailers. Any profit goes to the Birth Information Project.

There’s loads more info and links to buy it on the book’s web page.

I hope you’ll find it useful.

 

About the Author

Dr Sara Wickham is an author, educator and researcher. She has been writing and lecturing about birth and midwifery for more than twenty years.

Sara is the author or editor of eighteen books and has edited three midwifery journals. She provides in-person and online educational and consultancy services for midwifery, medical and health-related practitioners and organisations around the world.

 

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My career has included being a home birth midwife, a midwife teacher, a researcher, a writer, a workshop leader, an explainer of research and statistics, a journal editor and a consultant. I have a passion for knowledge in all of its forms and this website is where I share it 🙂