In Your Own Time

Now available! Dr Sara Wickham’s newest book:

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

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.

 

Where to get it

You can get the paperback from Amazon UK.*

Don’t like Amazon? No worries. The paperback is available on Wordery with free worldwide postage!

It’s also available on Amazon Australia and Amazon.com, and we’ll add more links as other retailers pick it up. Or just search your favourite online or real life bookshop for ‘In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop.’

If you prefer e-books, the electronic version is also available for your Kindle or Kobo, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.*

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.

 

Reviews

“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.

 

From the Foreword:

“Sara can ‘think outside of the box’ in such a way that few others can. Sara asks questions that others haven’t considered and she isn’t afraid to challenge our perceptions and to ask us not to take things for granted and accept the perceived norm, without careful and thoughtful analysis of the rationale and, crucially, the evidence. Sara also has the rare ability, not only to process complex research-based evidence and data herself, but to translate and explain them in such a way that they become easily understandable and make complete sense, even to the least research-minded among us. The amount of reliable, useful and powerful information in this book is, quite simply, staggering! Julie Frohlich, consultant midwife.

 

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.

 

A Few Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get it?

This book is available in paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon Australia, and Amazon.com, and we’ll add other links and other bookshops stock it.

The paperback is also available on Wordery with free worldwide postage.

If you have a different favourite online bookshop, just search for ‘In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop’.

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.

We will have copies to sell at Sara’s workshops and events.

 

Is it available as an e-book?

Yes, If you prefer e-books, the electronic version is also available for your Kindle or Kobo, and from a whole load of other popular ebook retailers.

 

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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