The decisions that we make about our pregnancy and childbirth journeys can shape our experiences, health and lives for years to come, as well as those of our children and families.
But many of those decisions are complex, confusing and made harder by the fact that we live in a world full of options and opinions that can feel overwhelming.
Twenty years after I published the first version of this popular book, I am delighted to announce the publication of the third edition of What’s Right For Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth.
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How can it help you?
What’s Right for Me? helps make pregnancy and birth-related decisions feel less daunting.
Where several of Sara’s other books guide you through the evidence on specific topics, this one helps you understand the bigger picture and learn about tools and ways of thinking which will help you make any decision you face with confidence.
In it, Sara covers everything from ideas about risk and different perspectives on birth, to how to interpret and consider information about tests, interventions and birth decisions.
You’ll find out about what the childbirth decision making landscape looks like, and why you’ll be better equipped if you have some tools to help you.
Discover how spending an hour or two thinking about your previous experiences can help you make the decisions that are right for you.
Learn about easy to remember ways to help you work through the different aspects of the interventions you might be offered. These aren’t just for birth: they can be used to help you make health-related decisions for the rest of your life.
Dr Sara Wickham’s easy-to-understand explanations, real-life examples and top tips are like having a friendly expert by your side, helping you to understand your options, your rights and ultimately why your decisions should be about what’s right for you and only you.
What are others saying?
“Everyone having a baby needs this book. The information in its pages is precious and vital. Sara is the ultimate information-sharer: experienced, knowledgeable and wise, at the same time as being honest, accessible and friendly.” Becky Reed, Midwife and Author.
“Dr Sara Wickham is renowned for writing fabulous books full of evidence-based information about options in maternity care. How perfect that she has also written the ultimate guide to making decisions!” Rachel Reed, Midwife and Author.
“Sara Wickham’s wide knowledge and talent for clear and concise writing makes this book a valuable asset for any woman who wants solid information based on good evidence and to be confident and well informed in decision-making.” Ina May Gaskin, Midwife and Author.
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What’s in it?
Some of the key chapter headings and topics include:
- What does the childbirth decision making landscape look like?
- Rights, consent, options and 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 finding and weighing up information
- Finding a path through the information jungle
- Understanding the different types of birth intervention
- Real-life birth decision making
The book also contains information on issues such as changing care provider and responding to fear-based information. It also includes 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‘.
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About the Author
Dr Sara Wickham is a midwife, educator and researcher who has been writing and lecturing about birth, midwifery and the underpinning evidence base for more than twenty-five years.
Sara is the author or editor of seventeen 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.
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A Few Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get it?
If you have a different favourite online bookshop, just search for ‘’What’s Right For Me? Making decisions in pregnancy and childbirth.”
Or take the IBSN (which is 978-1-914465048) 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.
We will have copies to sell at Sara’s workshops and events.
Is it available as an e-book?
Is it available as an audio book?
Not at the moment.
I’m really happy to be able to put these books together. And I 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.
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