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Dads Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting

  By turns informative and irreverent this book takes a new approach to tackling gender inequality in the home and at work, focusing on dads being entitled to a bigger role in parenting. It presents the barriers men face to being active dads – from sexist security guards to Tory MPs and even Homer Simpson –  and, crucially, it outlines how to tackle them for the good of men, women and children.   In Dads Don’t Babysit two dads outline some of the biggest problems facing families that want dad to get his turn at raising the kids, and offer a range of solutions in a manifesto for parents and policy makers to consider and hopefully adopt. The book tackles topics such as the gender pay gap, lack of a strong parental leave system in the UK, the financial penalties of taking time off to look after children and the limiting expectations parents find colleagues, relatives and the media have on mums and dads.   The authors draw on their own experience of parenting and that of others.  Interviews are backed up by extensive research so that the book presents these important issues in an accessible, personal and at times light-hearted way that the apolitical reader will be able to relate to.  There is a lively and growing argument about men’s role in the 21st century and this book offers a unique perspective, giving a feminist argument by men offering solutions to benefit everyone.     David Freed is a successful blogger and his website on shared parenting receives thousands of hits per week.  He works part-time as a civil servant, a job he returned to after taking six months parental leave.   James Millar has worked as a journalist for twenty years.  He co-authored The Gender Agenda  (published in 2017) which was based on a popular twitter account @GenderDiary. Read more…

Fine (Not Fine): Perspectives and Experiences of Postnatal Depression

What happens when a mother says she is ‘fine’ but really she is not?  Post-natal depression (PND), an illness which affects four in ten new mothers, is still stigmatised, and devastatingly misunderstood.   In Fine (not Fine), Bridget Hargreave charts her own experiences of depression following the birth of her sons and records the histories of a collection of mothers with a diverse range of perinatal mental health problems, such as anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and ante-natal depression.  She includes the stories of the mother who was hospitalised with severe depression, the mother who was so anxious she was physically sick every day, the mother whose birth trauma means just hearing the word “midwife” leaves her in a cold sweat, and the mother who bravely and honestly outlines the plans she made to end her own life.   Brought together by a series of interviews with mental health professionals and charities campaigning for changes in perinatal care, Fine (not Fine) tells the story of a hidden epidemic, and the remarkable people fighting it. Read more…

Sad Dad: An Exploration of Postnatal Depression in Fathers

: Olivia Spencer

Can fathers really get postnatal depression? What does this mean for their children and partners? How can we tell if a father is depressed? What can be done about it? Why has it gone undetected and under-acknowledged for so long? In a ground breaking project, the author explores recent research and  begins by asking whether the phenomenon is real. After interviewing a number of prominent experts she reaches a conclusion which will surprise many and could cause a shift in perceptions about childbirth. The author uses first hand accounts from fathers as well as contributions from experts like world-renowned obstetrician Michel Odent, writer and academic Andrew Solomon, psychotherapist Adam Jukes, paediatrician Aldo Naouri, and Jeszemma Garratt of the Fatherhood Institute who shed unique light on this potentially controversial but hitherto virtually unrecognised problem. Olivia Spencer is a writer and researcher living in London with her children and their father. Read more…

The Semen Book

: Marx, Vivien

Did you know that human sperm is ejaculated at a speed of 17km/h? Or that ejaculate is pushed out in 0.8 second intervals? Or that the male orgasm, which usually lasts between 3 and 10 seconds, only in exceptional cases lasts longer than 15 seconds? Or that it is accompanied by an increase in heart frequency to 180 beats per minute, and that breathing can accelerate to 40 breaths per minute? Just about any question about semen, fertility, male sexual potency, and sexual physiology, is answered by Vivien Marx in this lively, informed and entertainingly written book. It is a book for both men and women. It is a reference book, a textbook and a good read. If you ever wondered what the purpose of orgasm is, what determines the smell and colour of semen, wondered about delayed ejaculations – retrograde ejaculations, how best to look after testicles, how smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress and lifestyle affect potency and fertility, how the environment influences fertility, (are British men an endangered species?) , about semen and diseases – the unloved companions of the sperm cells, semen and criminology, the history of semen science, how semen is tested – you will find the answers to these and hundreds of other questions here. Read more…

Talking with Mothers

: Breen, Dana

Dana Breen’s book is about being a mother – a mother with a baby inside her and then outside her. It is about fears, fantasies and expectations. Centring on almost weekly conversations with one woman, ‘Barbara’, and her feelings over the months of pregnancy, the book conveys the continuity in the inner world of a woman during the experience of carrying, bringing into existence, nurturing and weaning a baby. The reader is thus able to share the suspense inherent in every pregnancy and in every woman’s mind as she approaches labour and her first meeting with her baby. Read more…

The Complete Guide to Infertility : Diagnosis, treatment, options.: Its Diagnosis and Treatment

: Van Den Akker, Olga

Infertility has a major impact on the lives of people. This title is written by Olga Van Den Akker for the many couples who, following diagnosis of infertility, desperately want an account of the problems of infertility and the help and services available. It is also aimed at the many professionals who are looking for an overall view. Read more…

Breech Birth: A Guide to Breech Pregnancy and Birth

: Waites, Benna

This work by Benna Waites on breech birth is for parents, obstetricians, midwives and all who come into contact with women carrying breech babies. It addresses the whole experience of breech from causes to turning techniques to the options for birth. It engages with the controversial debate on caesarean versus vaginal breech birth and provides a powerful critique of recent evidence which has led to an increase in caesarean section. The book encourages parents to make an informed choice about the birth they want. For professionals this book is an essential resource on breech, deepening knowledge on breech, encouraging a critical examination of their own approach to breech and improving the quality of care they are able to offer to parents of breech babies. Read more…

The Farmer and the Obstetrician

: Odent, Michel

Michel Odent’s title seeks to show how farming and childbirth have been industrialized side by side during the 20th century with dramatic and disturbing consequences. In both cases innovations have been presented as the long awaited solution to an old problem. The advent of synthetic pesticides has increased agricultural productivity, similarly the advent of the safe caesarean section has offerd new reasons to create gigantic obstetrical departments. In both spheres sceptics voiced fears concerning the negative long term consequences of the use of novel, little tested practices. The industrialization of farming has sparked a series of disasters, industrialized childbirth has not, yet, reached the same phase of its history. Read more…

The Caesarean

: Odent, Michel

How did a magnificent rescue operation become such a common way of giving birth? And how safe is it really? Why do some countries have 10 percent caesarean births, and some more than 50 percent? Why have risky procedures, such as forceps deliveries, not been eliminated by the C-section? What are the very first microbes met by a caesarean-born baby? Is it easy to breastfeed after a caesarean? What do mother and baby miss out on by not sharing a vaginal birth? What do we know about the long-term consequences of being born by caesarean and of giving birth by caesarean? What is the future of a civilization born by caesarean? Having been involved in half a century of the history of the caesarean, Dr. Michel Odent is uniquely and authoritatively equipped to deal with these vital and urgent questions. Read more…

High-risk Pregnancy and Foetal Diagnosis

: Azri, Stephanie

Stephanie Azri’s book offers practical guidance to women who are suddenly confronted with medical diagnoses that place them in a high-risk category or indicate abnormalities in their developing babies. The author draws on her own personal experience to provide useful information about a wide range of medical conditions in a way that takes account of the emotional and psychological impact. The sections devoted to the diagnosis of high-risk pregnancy and foetal anomalies include a range of first-person accounts of these experiences. In sections on pregnancy and labour and on the death of a child, the author provides a wealth of advice for dealing with the practical, ethical and emotional issues that can arise in the different stages of these experiences of pregnancy. The author refers to recent scientific findings in this field and provides a comprehensive glossary of medical terms, as well as a further reading section for both adults and children within families affected by these medical conditions. The book has a strong practical focus throughout and the author provides a list of recipes to accompany the dietary advice and suggestions of specific exercises to promote health during this journey. She also supplies comprehensive lists of support organisations throughout the world that specialise in helping people to deal with the requirements of specific medical conditions. Read more…