All That Matters landed in my inbox one afternoon last week as I had been trusted with reviewing the book before its official release (which was this week). I opened the book and thought I'd just read through the beginning as I had just started cooking dinner that evening.
Straight from the outset I was hooked as the introduction drew my straight in and left me wanting to continue reading. After serving and eating a half-hearted attempt at dinner, I sat down to finish reading the book which took just a couple of hours.
As the subject of the book is close to my heart, I could feel the passion with which Rebecca discusses the view of childbirth in today's society and how women, still in the 21st century, lose their dignity and autonomy at a time when the should be celebrating their strength as women. I experienced a roller coaster of emotions as I worked my way through the book and felt great anger, overwhelming compassion, goosebumps and tears of joy as Rebecca shared stories from women around the world.
The book is written in a very clear and concise way, making it easy to read and the message about human rights in childbirth is strongly voiced. The compassion and warmth of Rebecca can be felt throughout the book and the human voice behind the words is palpable.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone and especially doulas, midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, anaesthetists and anyone else involved with maternity services. We need to get the message out there that women can and should be trusted to choose for themselves how and where they birth their babies and be treated with compassion, dignity and kindness at all times.
You can download the book here
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.