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"A nice, uncomplicated way to talk to children about natural birth…"
I found this book to be really useful to talk about birth with my 4, almost 5 year old. When she saw the cover, she was delighted straight away with the picture, and loved all the illustrations inside. She liked the story so much, she asked me to read it to her again, and so I did.
It is simply put, uncomplicated way to start the conversation about natural birth. I loved the details about the parents planning for a homebirth, but also be ready to go to the hospital, and no further details are given, so the book could be used to discuss both a homebirth, and a hospital birth with the child.
My daughter really loved the book and asked related questions - did she swim in my belly like the baby from the book? Did I have a midwife? Did she greet my daughter on her arrival? Did her Daddy cut the cord like it happens in the book? She knows she breastfed the way this baby did, so she simply pointed out the breastfeeding pictures in the book.
It is a very gentle, simple book, yet giving all the details a 3-6 years old child might need to know about the beginning of life.Read moreLess
"A beautifully illustrated and factual introduction to birth…"
Because I have recently had baby number 2, I've spent a lot of time looking at the topics of pregnancy and birth with my three year old, and I have been sent a copy of How You Were Born to review.
It's a beautifully illustrated book, in which a couple tell their son the story of his own birth. I prefer to be very factual about such topics with my son, and this book contains plenty of information, including: waters breaking; contractions; foetal monitoring; and the delivery of the placenta. The birth in the story happens at home, but this is only mentioned once, so it could easily be used to discuss a vaginal hospital birth. There are lots of features to discuss, such as the use of a birth ball and labouring in water, and the author describes the emotions of the parents beautifully, from anticipation to welcoming their baby into the family. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and provide a great starting point for expanding or adapting the discussion with your child.
While the birth story in the book is beautiful and realistic, it is also quite specific, especially in terms of the order of events. When reading the book with my son I found myself saying "except at your birth X happened instead" and ""but for us, Y happened first" quite a lot. This really is where the illustrations come to the fore. I also found that some of the language a little coy, such as saying "tummy muscles" where I would have said uterus, or "between my legs" and "out of my tummy" where again I would have been more anatomical. I think this is a matter of taste though, and many people would prefer the language used.
I think this book would be a great tool for facilitating discussion about birth with a child under the age of eight, especially where their own birth was a fairly "normal" vaginal delivery, or the similar birth of a sibling is expected. This book is part of a set, in which the same family explore related themes, such as breastfeeding and pregnancy, by the same author and illustrator. I think the set would make a lovely gift for a child to use in developing their understanding in these delicate topics.
I hope somebody finds my review helpful, I always value a review of books on complicated topics for children from others. Would anybody care to comment on any that they especially recommend?Read moreLess
"A lovely book about birth…"
How You Were Born is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about pregnancy and birth, it’s part of a series of books around birth with a breastfeeding theme. The illustrations are absolutely adorable and really capture the love, expectation and excitement surrounding a new baby in the family.
I love the fact that the mum in the story has a home birth and breastfeeds; what a great way to normalise feeding and having a baby. Not many children’s books show birth and breastfeeding, certainly not without scenes of hospitals, scales and bottles, so this little series is a great find. It’s also a factual book too from the very rounded pregnant bump to the cutest placenta you have ever seen, it includes cord cutting and contractions. And mum’s hair is amazing as it threads its way around the family!
One of my favourite parts and one which I think children will like is the continuity within the series because How You Were Born leads on to You, Me and the Breast. I enjoyed comparing some of the spreads. For example in both books mum attends a baby group with the same four mums. In the two books they can be seen in different outfits and in You, Me and the Breast the rounded pregnant bumps have now all become babies.
You can see the cover and one of the illustrations here http://breastfeeding.support/how-you-were-born/Read moreLess