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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©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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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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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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DANGEROUS BOOK

As someone terrified of giving birth I thought this book would empower me.

This book is very pro natural birth and home birth, and saying no to doctors advice or requests. Some of these stories about women turning down medical advice (for example a previous c section patient with a breech baby wanting a vaginal birth and ignoring doctors concerns). This is dangerous and can result in rupture of uterus and possible death.

The author does not take into account the risks of declining medical advice and examinations. Yes, it's important every woman has a choice, just like what I want for my own labour. But her words are dangerous and please don't listen to seriously to this. Your choices and your birth plan is important, but you also need to listen to medical advice to ensure you have the best and healthiest care available.

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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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Not great if you are looking for reassurance!

I found this to be more of a political piece, than a book for new Mothers or Fathers to be. Really interesting and important, but not if you want reassurance on the birthing and labour process. However, the main point which I took away from this is that you can be in control of your birth and don't HAVE to do anything you don't want...although for me, I trust the medical professionals to know what is best for my baby and my baby's health will always come first.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • 26-08-19

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
  • 19-01-21

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 Hammett
  • 07-11-20

Absolutely Amazing

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

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  • christine
  • 24-11-19

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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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  • D. Anima
  • 28-05-22

Love it!!!

Great information and delivery. Super empowering to listen and to uncover parts of myself I didn’t realize were hidden.

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  • Alethya Howells
  • 21-03-22

I hope every woman had a chance to read/listen to this book while pregnant

I wish that we all had access to this information, and to the empowerment that it brings! It has given my strength and practical tips on how to make sure everyone around me understands that it is me who has the right to chose what I want, my body my choice my birth, whatever type it is.
Thank you!