The Postdates and Postmaturity Handbook
Edited by Jan Tritten
[2012, Eugene, OR: Midwifery Today, 80 pages, paperback.]
[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 102, Summer 2012, © 2012, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Sunday Tortelli.]
Induction rates are at an all-time high with a corresponding increase in prematurity rates and adverse complications. The prevailing societal expectation is that it is perfectly acceptable to choose a baby’s birth date; in fact, women have been convinced that it is dangerous to allow a pregnancy to continue as long as it might need to. As well, methods of induction are purported to be safe and worry-free.
Along comes this very timely handbook containing well-researched articles that serve as a reminder that pregnancy and childbirth are perfectly designed to go well in the vast majority of circumstances, and any interference upsets the delicate balance with sometimes devastating consequences.
Everyone who serves pregnant women in any capacity, be they midwives, obstetricians, doulas or childbirth educators, will benefit from reading this mighty little handbook filled with pearls of wisdom. Readers will rediscover their trust in the infinite wisdom of a woman’s body and faith in nature’s grand design.
Reviewer Sunday Tortelli serves as President Elect for DONA International. She is a DONA certified birth doula and approved birth doula trainer, as well as a certified childbirth educator and lactation counselor.