The Doula Issue 39 Autumn 2020 - Flipbook - Page 25
Birth Shock – How To Recover From Birth Trauma by Mia Scotland
Birth Shock shines a vital spotlight on why a healthy baby is not all that matters when it comes to
childbirth. With birth trauma on the rise, Mia Scotland sets to work challenging a toxic narrative that
distracts from the ongoing physical and emotional health of birthing women and people. She not only
offers an insight in to the causes of psychological trauma, but also equips us with practical tools and
techniques for processing birth trauma and navigating a path towards recovery.
As Mia delves into the history of childbirth and its journey towards medicalisation, the reader begins to
make sense of why women and birthing people often feel self-blame or guilt following a traumatic birth
experience. She then uses this important backstory to demonstrate how women cannot fail at giving
birth; rather they are failed by a patriarchal setting and an environment that does not always support
But we are not left simply with the whys and hows of birth trauma; rays of light flicker through the book
and light up an otherwise distressing subject. Mia provides compassionate guidance for families and
partners who want to help their loved ones recover from a traumatic birth experience, outlining effective
tools for self-care and how to access professional help when it’s needed.
Mia’s passion radiates throughout the book. She intertwines real-life experiences of the people she
has worked with to send a powerful message about the realities of birth for many people. This book is
honest, brave and empowering, and it left me feeling better equipped to support birthing people and
their families. If you believe that birth is a political and feminist issue, and you want more evidence to
back this up, Birth Shock is for you.
When Breastfeeding sucks by Zainab Yates
This book takes you through a clear understanding of what Nursing Aversion & Irritation is and what
factors can contribute to suffering from it. The book explores nursing and parenting in a historical
context, highlighting the problems that many parents face now that may not have been present before
the 21st century. The author speaks of her lived experience and how her feelings didn’t seem to be
recognised in other breastfeeding resources or sources of information and how that erasure of these
negative sensations can make a parent feel isolated and alone in what is already such a vulnerable and
challenging time for both them and the baby. This is a great book for parents who may be suffering
from Nursing Aversion or the families, friends and doulas supporting them through their breastfeeding
or chestfeeding journey.
Why Postnatal Recovery Matters by Sophie Messager
I had high hopes that this book would bring focus back to nurturing the mother and normalise the need
for support in the postnatal period and I was not disappointed.
The book itself is incredibly accessible and easy to read. It is not overcomplicated and offers very
simple solutions for anyone expecting a baby or supporting new parents. Sophie covers four main
areas: Rest, Food, Social Support and Bodywork. Not only does she offer various suggestions for each
of these areas but the historical references of where these postpartum rituals originate from are really
I thought the chapter on how to write a postnatal recovery plan was genius! The postnatal period is so
much longer than labour, why wouldn’t we want to prepare like we would for a birth?
A must read for doulas, healthcare professionals and parents alike.
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