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Publisher's Summary

As featured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live selected as one of the Independent’s 10 best pregnancy books for expectant parents.

Birth is a feminist issue. It’s the feminist issue nobody’s talking about. For too long women have been told, ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’. This book dares to say women matter too. Finally blasting the feminist spotlight into the labour ward, Milli Hill encourages women everywhere to stand and deliver, insisting that birth is no longer left off the list in discussions about female power, control and agency. From the importance of birth plans to your human rights in childbirth and including birth stories from women across the world, this call-to-arms will help you find your voice, take an active role in your choices and change the way you think about childbirth.

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©2019 Milli Hill (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"I feel so lucky to have read Milli’s book while pregnant, she completely changed my way of looking at giving birth." (Ella Mills, author of Deliciously Ella)

"Milli is a compassionate and passionate writer who puts women squarely at the heart of her endeavours." (Emma Barnett, Woman’s Hour

"A much-needed, brilliant, reassuring, pioneering, kick-ass book that all women – especially mothers – should read!" (Emma Jane Unsworth)

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Very empowering!!

I am a midwife from Australia & 100% recommend this book to all women & health care providers. Very important information regarding informed consent & fascinating pregnancy & birth statistics from all over the world.

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All pregnancy massage therapist should read

It gave me lots of thoughts on birth and talking points with my clients around informed consent and birth rights x

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important read for everyone!

This book by Milli Hill is a comprehensive look at the feminist issues in the current maternity system. Every maternal health worker and woman should read or listen to this! Thank you Milli!

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Changed my pregnancy and life

Is not the feminazi book that people expect. Insightful, empowering and informative. I recommend this book to any expectant mothers, any mothers who have not had a good birth and all doctors and health care staff!!

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A great pregnancy read

All women need to read this! Positive and empowering births are possible. Educating yourself is empowering. This book covers it all!

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Exactly what I needed

I’m 37 weeks pregnant and only now having listened to this book do I finally feel a sense of confidence and empowerment about my imminent birth. This book is delivered with tenderness, strength, compassion and inclusivity and non-judgement that I feel many other resources have lacked. So happy I downloaded this.

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Every women should read. Such an important topic.

Eye opening, empowering. important. All women and birth field workers should read this book.

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terrible

biased and badly researched. what should be about female empowerment is instead a front for dangerous home birth.

stop attacking doctors and nurses and learn some actually health care

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Wow.

well written and thought provoking. Im a midwife and mother turned birth activist, thank you!

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Really helped me

This book has really helped to change my mindset about birth. Rather than this scary painful medical endeavour that will probably go wrong, I am starting to see that birth can an incredible life-affirming experience ; something to revere and celebrate. Thanks Milli

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  • Leiko
  • 26-08-2019

Great resource to make informed decisions

From my experience with most feminist groups when addressing pregnancy and birth I was a bit skeptical and hopeful at the same time when I found this book. The way it is written and how it addresses the subject presents information in a way that makes it easy to understand what is happening, why some things are the way they are, why they should change and how it is, indeed, a subject that must be included in the feminist agenda as part of women's rights which are human rights.

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  • amyron
  • 19-01-2021

Empowering

Amazing worth while read. If you are an American reading it as I was, understand that there is a lot of UK based data so do more research on your own country to get a more specific view. Overall great book that left me confident and ready to talk to my midwife.

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  • Arica
  • 07-11-2020

Absolutely Amazing

This was such an empowering and inspiring book. I loved every minute. Easy 5 stars

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  • christine
  • 24-11-2019

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Wonderful educational perspective. I’ll be searching for a hard copy for myself and add it to my list of suggested reads for clients.

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  • Manila Mostofian
  • 08-06-2020

Totally one sided

Feminism should be about choice. This book basically starts talking about choice but very one sidedly makes you feel guilty for wanting anything other than a natural birth without medical intervention unless the baby is in danger.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2019

Policy Makers need this

Fabulous book for women/birthing people and partners preparing for birth, but even more important for those planning and providing maternity care.

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  • G Fitz
  • 06-10-2019

yes to all of it!

I loved this book! a must read for midwives, doctors and women. It spoke to me on so many levels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2019

Exceptional and inspiring, I loved it!

Milli, this book is everything women need to know when considering pregnancy or if they are pregnant. This book will hopefully empower women to know and to embrace their right to bodily autonomy in the birth room and without fear...as Milli passionately tells the reader, you are most certainly 'not a vessel'! Give Birth like a Feminist would be my first choice as a mother and a midwife to give my daughter if or when she was considering becoming a mother herself!

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  • Zeke Taylor
  • 12-09-2019

incredible

I have admired Milli Hill for a long time but j loved every minute of this book and fell in love with her even more. I believe that ALL humans should read this book whether they are male or female or whether they plan to or have already had children or not.

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  • chucklebug
  • 11-09-2019

Recommended reading for all birth professionals

This book says it how it is...advocating an approach to maternity care that includes putting control over our bodies right back where it should be ... with women.
As a midwife I see all to often the damage not being in control does ... the loss of self belief and the impact on parents is immense.
Understanding the history of birth allows to appreciate how the current situation has evolved and the analogies with #metoo should focus the minds of all maternity staff to make real changes wherever they can.
READ THIS BOOK!!!!

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  • Mrs Fiona Emmett
  • 04-12-2019

Phenomenal writing from Milli

Exciting and insightful on every page. A must read for all birth workers and basically all women!

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  • Rene
  • 20-11-2019

brilliant

Explains to women what they can expect and do to help themselves during their maternity care. Really sad it is needed but very grateful it is here. I would recommend everyone read this book.

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  • Jule
  • 08-09-2019

The best book to read before pregnancy

And during pregnancy. And after. Brilliant! Thank you Milli Hill for this book! I can only recommend it highly

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  • Daisyam
  • 11-05-2021

A Must Read (or listen)

This book gave me the information and push I needed to plan for the birth I want, and gave me the courage to make decisions, and speak up for myself.

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