Give Birth Like a Feminist

Narrated by: Milli Hill
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Birth is the feminist issue that nobody’s talking about - the land that feminism forgot - but this book aims to change that. This is Lean In for where it’s most needed: the birth room, from the founder of the global Positive Birth Movement.

Finally blasting the feminist spotlight into the labour ward, Milli Hill encourages women everywhere to stand and deliver, not lie back and think of England. As women consider anew their personal autonomy through the lens of #metoo, Give Birth Like a Feminist insists that birth is no longer left off the list in discussions about female power, control and agency.

Both a thought-provoking guide for pregnant women and a call to arms, this is a galvanising book that explains why women are the key decision makers in childbirth, why they need to know their rights and take an active role in their choices, and why they must find their voice and have their say in the birth room just as they have already done in the board room and the bedroom.

Milli Hill lays bare the modern experience of pregnancy and birth in the developed world through research, personal testament and the accounts of hundreds of mothers. She illustrates how medicalisation and systems laid down by a patriarchal society have developed to disempower, even dehumanise, women at the gateway to motherhood. She then prepares the current generation of women for what to expect, setting out their often overlooked options and rights.

This book answers the questions: why should women, their families and healthcare professionals care about women having a positive birth experience? And why should women expect or demand more from their birth? For too long, women have been told that a healthy baby is ‘all that matters’. Give Birth Like a Feminist dares to say: women matter too.

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

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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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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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  • G Fitz
  • 10-06-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-19

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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  • Zeke Taylor
  • 09-12-19

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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  • Mrs Fiona Emmett
  • 12-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-19

brilliant<br />

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-19

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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  • chucklebug
  • 09-11-19

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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  • Jule
  • 09-08-19

The best book to read before pregnancy

And during pregnancy. And after. Brilliant! Thank you Milli Hill for this book! I can only recommend it highly

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  • L Mengual
  • 03-16-20

EVERYONE should read this book!

I wish I had found this book sooner - everyone should read this book! Mind blowing... thought provoking.... amazing! #feminism #positivebirth #consent

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  • Julie Poirier
  • 02-06-20

empowering and liberating !

well researched subject, this book is educative empowering and liberating, opening new horizons for birthing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-20

Essential listening for ALL birthing people

I absolutely loved this book. It doesn't demonize or pit any specific kind of birth against another, so no birthing person will experience it's content as 'shaming'. Its emphasis is on everything you should know about your choices, your healthcare and your RIGHTS as a human. I wish it had been written before my 1st birth, but I've just read it in time for my 2nd and it has opened my eyes and empowered me on so many levels. I want this for every birthing person; please download it! It's invaluable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-19

A must read!

I’m a nurse in Australia and I’m also expecting my first baby. This has been so beneficial for me to read to challenge the current thoughts and ideas of birth. It will help influence my professional practise, as well as change the culture of birth for my friends and family for the better. I could not stop listening to this audio, it is so well written and read by the author Milli Hill. I feel so empowered and hopeful more people will educate themselves.

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  • miss l j bertie
  • 10-06-19

All pregnancy massage therapist should read

It gave me lots of thoughts on birth and talking points with my clients around informed consent and birth rights x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-19

Very empowering!!

I am a midwife from Australia & 100% recommend this book to all women & health care providers. Very important information regarding informed consent & fascinating pregnancy & birth statistics from all over the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-19

A must read for every pregnant family

Very empowering, informative, positive and sadly accurate portrayal of the global maternity system. She quoted thought leaders, particularly my favourites from Australia in such brilliant context. If you read this book I can promise you will love it and it will change your perspective on pregnancy and birth, for the better

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  • Warren
  • 09-11-19

important read for everyone!

This book by Milli Hill is a comprehensive look at the feminist issues in the current maternity system. Every maternal health worker and woman should read or listen to this! Thank you Milli!