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Home Birth: The Politics of Difficult Choices 2011

The rhetoric of
is much used in UK health policy and home birth is one of the
three options that women are entitled to choose between when deciding
where to have their baby. However, many women making this choice run
into considerable opposition from the maternity service.
   Home Birth: the politics of difficult choices
focuses on the experiences of women whose choices were opposed by
health professionals during their pregnancy journey. It confronts why
and how women are being denied home birth and raises some challenging
issues for current midwifery practice. Using ten women’s narratives,
this important volume explores why women might want to give birth at
home and considers ideas of risk and informed choice in pregnancy and
. The book includes chapters on communication and language; fear
and stress; advocacy and autonomy; fathers’ experience of contested
place of birth and free birthing.
   Pointers to best
practice are presented whilst the text incorporates women’s narratives
throughout, making this a practical and relevant read for midwifery
students as well as practising midwives and childbirth educators, all of
whom have a duty to make home birth a real option for women.

 'Why do women choose to give birth at home, even in
situations defined as medically risky? Are they ignorant? Irresponsible?
Risking their babies' lives for their own good experience? Mary L.
Nolan explores this uncharted territory with respect and intelligence,
creating a fascinating and invaluable resource for carers involved with
home birth and/or women with "high risk" pregnancies. Women and families
choosing home birth will especially enjoy the voices of strong-minded
women who are making their own choices.'
– Dr Sarah J. Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering,
using the stories of birthing women and an array of academic
literature, Mary Nolan has conveyed her findings with honest, depth and
richness and the women’s words speak volumes to the blatant shortcomings
of maternity services in catering to their needs...This book feeds
fantastically into homebirth and service provision debates around the
world and should not be overlooked by any health professional dedicated
to supporting women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and
– Midwifery News
     About the Author
 Mary L. Nolan is Professor of Perinatal Education
at the University of Worcester, UK. She is also Senior Tutor at the
National Childbirth Trust.


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