The Birth Book, 2nd Edition

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Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for Labour and Birth

The Birth Book is the ultimate guide for expectant parents-to-be. From one of Australia''s leading obstetricians, this best-selling book combines expert information, real stories and up-to-date research to earn its reputation as the essential ''birth-bible''.

Packed with vital information - the stages of labour, modern pain relief options, vaginal birth, inducing labour, caesareans, monitoring the baby and post-birth recovery - your birth options are expertly explained and demystified. With new chapters examining birthing of twins and options for those who have previously had a caesarean section, The Birth Book simplifies complex medical information to transform childbirth anxiety into empowerment.

Professor Stephen Tong has guided thousands of births and is renowned as a leading specialist obstetrician in Australia and internationally. He steers global research programs chasing discoveries to make pregnancy and birth safer for mothers and babies. His mission is to prepare you for an informed, confident and safe birth experience.

A warm, wonderful and reassuring birth day companion.

Praise for ''The Birth Book''

From Mums...

"Stephen''s unique way of approaching birth, steeped in science but swathed in soul, is an uplifting one that brings joy and laughter instead of fear and tears to the birthing suite."

Dani Venn, Celebrity Chef, mum of two

"It''s like no book that I read before the birth of my three children, and without a doubt the one book that I needed."

Melissa Wilson, teacher, mum of three

"It was INCREDIBLE! One minute I was wowing, then I was LOLING and at times even crying- especially at the end! This book honestly gave me goosebumps."

Kristie Gatanios, professional singer, mum of Pia

" Humorous anecdotes coupled with a clear, unbiased and supportive view on what to expect makes this a must-read for every soon-to-be Mum and her birthing team."

Sarah Ng, banker, mum of three

"I loved the book, it was fantastic! It was very informative and easy reading without getting lost in technical talk."

Gaby Cahill, teacher, mum of three

"A complete & comprehensive journey through labour & birth. Filled with current evidence, witty humour and raw honesty."

Cassie Penca, mother of three

From doctors, midwives and pregnancy researchers ...

"This is the birth-bible for expecting parents. It will provide you with all the knowledge that you need to feel safe throughout pregnancy and when giving birth."

Associate Professor Lina Bergman, Obstetrician, Eminent Pregnancy Researcher, mum of twins

Uppsala, Sweden

"We assume all will go to plan but during birth things can change in an instant. What better way to be prepared than to have all the information in an entertaining and easy to read book ...Funny, entertaining and educational. Read it and thank me later."

Associate Professor Cathy Cluver, Obstetrician, Eminent Pregnancy Researcher, Mum of three.

Cape Town, South Africa.

"Using humour and plain language, Professor Tong details how obstetricians think, and why. A great read for doctors; a must read for expectant parents. "

Dr Nick Walker, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Auckland

"An absolute gem in the jungle of obstetric (mis)information, and laugh-out-loud easy reading. Accurate and passionate writing. Loved it!"

Dr Aleide Vandewal, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Belgium.

"A great book explaining the workings of an obstetrician''s mind! A must read for soon-to-be parents"

Dr Prathima Chowdary, Gynaecologist, advanced laparoscopic surgeon, Auckland

"Hugely informative, witty and compassionate, this book completely demystified birth..."

Dr Roxanne Hastie, Pregnancy Researcher, mum of Charlie

"An informative and entertaining ''road-map'' towards birth and the many different routes the journey might take you on."

Associate Professor Tu''uhevaha Kaitu''u-Lino, Pregnancy Researcher, mum of four

"The Birth Book is approachable, amusing, and heartfelt."

Alex Roddy-Mitchell, midwife

"A realistic account exposing the truth behind one of the most intimate experiences in human life. Prepare yourself for a brilliantly written journey of laughter and enlightenment."

Alison Abboud, midwife

"A wonderful guide to birth that is both informative and engaging...This book provides an evidence based and non-biased approach to labour in all its facets.".

Courtney Bird, midwife

"Stephen makes complex information easy to understand, with his characteristic wit & humility."

Dr Lisa Begg, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Subspecialist, mum of three