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Pregnancy and Birth

Giving birth to a child is one of life’s most intense experiences. And the nine months of pregnancy are an exciting time for many women and their partners. They may find their feelings ranging from joy and hope to worries and fears: How will everything go? Am I doing things right? How will life change once the baby has arrived?

From conception to birth, a woman’s body goes through a number of astonishing changes as it prepares to carry, grow and birth a new life. 

Nourish can support women during pregnancy, help families to prepare for the arrival of their little one(s) and provide ongoing support with breastfeeding and parenting. 

Resources for Pregnancy and Birth

Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an independent NHS working group and co-production forum. We exist to support the implementation of the NHS England Better Births plan across Somerset.

The Positive Birth Movement aims to challenge the epidemic of negativity and fear that surrounds modern birth, and help change birth for the better. We believe birth is a feminist issue and that every woman, no matter how she decides to have her baby, deserves to have a positive experience.

Books on Pregnancy and Birth

The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill

The Positive Birth Book challenges negativity and fear of childbirth, and contains extensive information about labour, birth and the early weeks of parenting. A widely acclaimed bestseller since it was first published, it has empowered hundreds of thousands of women worldwide to make informed, positive choices about their births.

Informed is Best by Dr Amy Brown

This isn't a book that is going to tell you which decisions to make, or that there is ever one right answer. It is not going to tell you that the same thing is always best for everyone. Instead this is a guide to help you evaluate information and evidence to decide what is right for you, your body and your baby.

Give Birth Like A Feminist by Milli Hill

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.

"There is a power that comes to women when they give birth"
- Sheryl Feldman

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