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Author: Kim Thomas
"For anyone who has had a 'difficult birth'…"
This is a really important book for anyone who has had a difficult birth, the kind that haunts you months or even years later (which is probably a lot of mothers). I’m not aware of any other books which cover how to cope with a difficult birth or longer-term problems relating to it. It is very readable, I sat down and read it in a few hours, and found it very cathartic (having had a ‘difficult birth’ myself). One of the best things about this book is that it contains lots of case-studies, telling the stories of women who have had traumatic birth experiences, and had treatment either for post-traumatic stress disorder or other problems. Their voices are really poignant and touching. There is also a section on family and friends’ reaction which I could relate to, as sometimes people can be quite dismissive or not really understand just how traumatic a birth can be and how much this can affect the time after birth.