Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan: A revolutionary guide to pregnancy, birth and the weeks that follow
Out 3 May, published by Penguin Life.
"What a reassuring, informative and powerful tool for women! The book has everything a pregnant woman needs and is the perfect combination of facts and figures and personal stories and accounts of birth. I'm sure this will be the go-to book for women for many years to come. (Helen Thorne, host of the 'Scummy Mummies' podcast)
I wish there'd been a book like this when I was pregnant. It almost makes me want to have another child. Almost. (Bryony Gordon)
Rebecca is a living, breathing Wonder Woman heroine. I think she is wonderfully balanced, informed, highly respectful and compassionate. (Cherry Healey, presenter and author of 'Letters to My Fanny')
When I gave birth I had Rebecca Schiller by my side, literally. Now every other pregnant woman can have her book. Real talk from real people about the glorious imperfection of it all. (Sophie Heawood, Guardian feature writer)
This book is wonderful - beautifully written, warm and full of compassion and wisdom. I can't think of a panicky question I had thought of through either of my pregnancies (and I thought of them at a rate of five per second) that wouldn't have been answered by this book. I wish I had had it, in fact. A very empowering guide to becoming a mother. I loved it. (Robyn Wilder The Pool)"
In Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan Rebecca presents information, tips and suggestions about pregnancy, childbirth and the early days of motherhood in an accessible and honest way. Her approach is that every woman is unique and knows her own physical and emotional make up better than anyone else. She therefore avoids taking an ideological position on any issue and never uses words like must, allowed and can't. Instead women are supported to think through what they want and, even when life does not go to plan, to take control for themselves. This rights based approach is refreshing and hugely helpful for women. I loved and highly recommend this book. (Dame Cathy Warwick MSc RM, CEO of Royal College Midwives 2008-2017 and Chair British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
I've spent most of my life as a midwife serving childbearing women and their families, and for the majority of that time, have striven to be open, to be alongside, and to create a unique space for each woman to be herself. Turning each page Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan made my heart leap with joy, as I felt Schiller was trying to do the same. This book provides an expectant mother (or reader) with unbiased, not prescriptive, non-judgemental suggestions when negotiating pregnancy, labour and birth, and the first few weeks of motherhood. The content is easy to read, simple to navigate, with reminders and reference to useful sections. What's more, there is a dedicated website with more references and further reading - an excellent idea to keep content current and topical. Schiller is clear, the book isn't a prescriptive manual, but a resource that aims to support decision making, and to be a 'doula in your pocket' I think this book is THE one for 2018 and beyond, and I'll definitely be recommending to all. (Sheena Byrom OBE, consultant midwife and co-lead of the Midwifery Unit Network)
I picked up this up for a quick flick-through, 45 minutes later I was still deeply engrossed. Such an intelligent, informative and well-rounded guide to having a baby. It covers both the physical process, but also the impact it has on your sense of self. Love it! (Clemmie Telford, author of the 'Mother of All Lists' blog)
Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan is a revolutionary new guide to pregnancy and childbirth that puts the power firmly in your hands. It won't tell you what fruit your baby resembles week-by-week, but it will cover the huge shifts happening in your relationships, body, work and emotional life right now, giving you practical tools, tips and real stories to help you make a plan that is uniquely yours yet flexible enough to accommodate whatever your pregnancy, birth and life throw at you.
With so many decisions to make and so much conflicting advice from the internet, friends, healthcare professionals and in-laws, it's easy to feel overwhelmed during pregnancy. Throughout her career as CEO of Birthrights, the charity that promotes women's rights in childbirth, parenting journalist, and one of the UK's best known doulas, Rebecca Schiller has supported countless women through pregnancy, helping them to find the solutions that are right for them and their families. And she has discovered that whilst a stress-free pregnancy might not always be possible, a guilt-free one certainly is.
Packed full of unbiased information, helpful illustrations and a firm focus on your mental health and wellbeing, this is the definitive no-judgement companion to your pregnancy and birth, laying out all your options at every stage - from conception, to maternity leave and coping with labour, right through to your first weeks at home with your newborn. Full of Rebecca's characteristic warmth, reassurance and expertise, this book covers the topics that really matter in your life, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to be your own expert, take care of yourself, know when to ask for help and have your baby your way.