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Publisher's Summary

It’s time for a childbirth revolution.

Childbirth has always been, and always will be, a significant rite of passage that transforms a woman into a mother. However, the modern approach to maternity care fails women, families, and care providers with outdated practices that center the needs of institutions rather than individuals.

In this audiobook, Rachel Reed demonstrates how childbirth can be reclaimed to center women and support birth physiology. The audiobook weaves history, science, and research with the experiences of women and care providers to create a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding birth. It takes the listener on a journey through childbirth physiology and practices and focuses on what can be done to create change one mother at a time, one birth at a time.

Reclaiming childbirth as a rite of passage acknowledges that self-transformation occurs regardless of how the experience unfolds. It recognizes that mothers hold the power and expertise when it comes to birthing their babies. This audiobook encourages women to find their individual pathway through their rite of passage and requires care providers to consider how their actions and interactions influence women’s experiences.

Whether you are a parent, care provider or educator, this audiobook will transform how you think and feel about childbirth.

©2021 Rachel Reed (P)2021 Rachel Reed

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Must Read for all Birth workers and families

Great book that is relevant and truthful.
Cannot recommend this read enough.
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Absolutely phenomenal

It is a must read. It is not a book just for birthing women, birth partners, midwives or birth workers but for all women, everywhere.

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A must read

I’m a mother of 4 and a midwife. I would go as far to say that this is a truly life changing book. Not all new information but a good framework to reflect upon and further intertwine this into both my personal and professional life. Thank you Rachel.

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A must read for anyone in the birth space

This is a wonderful book and so easy to digest the information surrounding birth.
Rachel Reed is exceptional at creating accessible information for anyone in the birth space or for curious people who want to know more about pregnancy and birth.
Use that credit :)

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Must read for every pregnant person

As a midwife and a woman who homebirthed this book is phenomenal.
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ahhhhh-mazing. every human on the planet must read

seriously i dont even know what to say. just read it. literally, understand birth as its where we have come from and what is happening in our world previously and current.
well done rachel reed!

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Possibly the greatest birth book ever written

This book is an excellent, excellent overview of the current maternity systems place, how we got there, and how to reclaim the right of passage to motherhood. (Or to a mother of 2, 3 or 4++++)

While Rachel intentionally plants seriously wild (yet relatable) seeds of doubt about the systems in place, she also recognises that women who need or choose intervention in their births also deserve to be treated with recognition for the transition that they are undertaking.

This is the most brilliant book and my favourite birth book ever. (And I've read a lot of birth books as a doula!)

Mandatory reading for all human beings, really. Go henceforth and enjoy all of Rachel's wisdom lapping over you. Her gorgeous, smooth voice doesn't at all detract from the delivery either. ;)

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A must read/listen

I love this book! I love the way it so elegantly describes all the components of childbirth and the herstory.
Rachel has such a great voice to listen to, it’s so calming but empowering! I often listen to it on my way to work or to births. It really puts your in such a great mindset!
It really is a must listen to midwives, and women!

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Fantastic

I’m a big fan of Dr Rachel Reed’s work. This book, narrated by her, is phenomenal. It is such an important piece of work for anyone who works in the birthing space, who has children, who wants children, who doesn’t want children, who supports any of the above. I love it.

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Highly recommend non bias fact based, the revolution we need.

Rachel eloquently puts everything into words that I wish I could share with every new mother and father to be. I’m going to purchase the physical book as a companion and re listen to help absorb this critical information to share with others. Well done, amazing book.

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  • 13-01-2022

Life changing

This book for me is life changing, making our journey a healing and beautiful one. Knowing how birth should unfold, knowing how the story goes of a body, a journey that is so effected by the past and current medical system allowed me to go back to basics. Thank you thank you

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  • 08-06-2022

Best book on childbirth

This is by far the best book on childbirth I have listened to or read. Super, super useful and informative. I love the author's work.

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  • 20-06-2022

A must read for all women

loved this book. at times and emotional read, but found the facts mind blowing and the messages inspiring.

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  • 05-05-2022

A must read for everyone

Packed with knowledge. It will change your life and outlook on what you thought birth is

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  • Dee
  • 30-12-2021

Best birth book I’ve ever read. Fact.

This book is a mind blowing journey through the history of human birth rituals as rites. Explains so much of the current crisis in maternity services and quite obvious ways we can take back control of our own births. This book has been an ideal part of the mental preparation for my upcoming 3rd homebirth. Congratulations and thank you for writing this brilliant book Dr Reed.

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