MEN AT BIRTH is a unique collection of stories from Australian men about the birth of their children. The stories range from the humorous to the highly emotional.
Many men are bewildered, put off or just plain scared by the idea of childbirth. Birth is one area of life where husbands and male partners do not have much control of what is going on. They may be left feeling helpless in their ability to assist their partner in one of the most significant moment of both their lives. All these factors can leave men feeling very out of place, awkward and sometimes downright useless!
However, these beautifully written stories about birth dispel many of the fears men have around birth and encourage and guide men in ways they can be of most assistance, both practically and emotionally during the big event.
The stories in MEN AT BIRTH cover a range of birth experiences, such as home births, hospital births, surgical births and births where postnatal depression was a factor.
-What's it like to be at the birth of your child?
-How do you cut the umbilical cord?
-How can you best support your partner?
-What happens if something doesn't go to plan?
Men at Birth is a collection of stories written by Australian men, for men, about their experiences of being at the birth of their children. More often than not men can be bewildered, put off or just plain scared by the idea of childbirth. They may feel helpless in the face of their partner?s distress and have no idea of what to expect or what they are meant to do. These 23 beautifully described stories,some humorous, some sad, but all of them written straight from the heart, will dispel many of the anxieties men have about birth and prepare them for one of the most important moments of their lives.
About the Author
David Vernon is an award-winning freelance writer and editor and the father of two boys. In recent years, he has focused on chronicling women's and men's experience of childbirth and promoting better support for pregnant women and their partners. David lives with his family on the outskirts of Canberra
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Reviews of Men At Birth - Stories of Men's Experiences of the Births of Their Children:
"This book of men telling the stories of their children?s births is a gift; an unbelievable resource with more trust, honesty and helpful information than you might find in a hundred years of conversations." Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Boys and The New Manhood
"Read a book about birth? You must be bloody joking. Well, that was my first thought. But, pressured by my wife (who is expecting), I read Men at Birth. I was blown away. It changed my whole perspective of birth and gave me confidence to walk into the labour room and 'be there' for my wife. Read this book about birth, Absolutely." Robert Underwood, soon-to-be-dad
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