Where the Heart Is
Stories of home birth in New Zealand
Where the Heart Is contains the stories of over 30 women (and a couple of home birth dads). It is divided into five chapters, titled: Home Birth From the Start, Healing Birth, Facing the Unexpected, Birth and Death, and Māori Birth.
The end of each chapter gives a summary of the key ideas expressed in the stories that enabled the women to achieve positive and empowering births. Also included are a number of photographs, including two professionally produced photographic stories.
The readers for whom the book is intended are: pregnant people (especially those who are pregnant with their first baby or who had a previous traumatic birth experience), their partners and other birth support people, and anyone contemplating parenthood. My hope is that they will be encouraged and inspired to achieve a positive and gentle birth, and will feel empowered with the knowledge they need to make their dream birth become their reality. Where the Heart Is also contains valuable information for midwives about how their practice influences the experiences of the parents they support.
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