A beautiful, powerful, important book on pregnancy and birth from a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth.
There are so many ways in which this book has educated me, devastated me, inspired me.
Set out into chapters following the path a pregnancy takes, Dr Chavi Karkowsky takes us on a journey through one of the most life-changing things that will ever happen to you. She sensitively and deftly explains procedures, decision making, and outcomes, and along the way takes you on a journey to discuss powerful things that you many never have thought of. The history and culture around morning sickness and HEG ("did we save enough of your life", oof); the usage of Medical Language, genetic testing including her own experience with it; intervention and along with it, consent; the challenges of trying to prevent stillbirth; the disparity between maternal death figures of white women and black women; and more.
If you're a woman, or know a woman, you should read this! (Although if you're pregnant, maybe leave it until baby is here.)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Scribe Publications (3 March 2020)
- ISBN-10: 192584997X
- ISBN-13: 978-1925849974
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.8 x 23.2 cm
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer ratings