The Complete Australian Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Everything you need as you journey through pregnancy and prepare for a positive birth experience
By Sophie Walker and Jodi Wilson
'I wish someone had told me!' It's a phrase uttered by countless women after they give birth for the first time. Here's the book that shares the wisdom of women and their birth stories, so that you can make informed and empowered decisions that are best for you.
The Complete Australian Guide to Pregnancy and Birth draws on the expertise of dozens of doctors, midwives and other health specialists to offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about pregnancy, labour, birth and early postpartum in Australia. From making essential care decisions, asking questions of care providers and managing overwhelm to navigating physical changes and preparing for labour, this book is your trusted companion as you make the transition to motherhood. And among all the facts, stats and info is a lot of gentle and kind advice, including first-hand accounts of births, in all kinds of birth settings, from families of diverse backgrounds.
On every page this book reminds you that your pregnancy matters, your labour matters, your birth matters.
About the Authors
Sophie Walker is the founder of Australian Birth Stories, which includes the #1 podcast for birth and postpartum advice (10m+ downloads) and an online education hub offering support and guidance from pre-conception through to the first 12 months. She has a master's degree in public health, is a mum of three and is passionate about empowering women on their journey into motherhood.
Jodi Wilson is a writer and prenatal yoga teacher who works alongside Sophie on the Australian Birth Stories podcast. This is her second book.
Instructions for use
Heat or cool the BodyICE Woman® range as per the following instructions. Slip on the protective, washable sleeves provided (optional) and place breast or perineum pack in place. Apply for the medically recommended time of 15 minutes.
Place in freezer without sleeves for approximately 2 hours or submerge in icy water until desired temperature is achieved.
Submerge in hot water without sleeves or microwave for the suggested times below. Heat in additional 5-second increments until desired temperature is achieved. Always test temperature before application.
• 700 Watt Microwave: 20 seconds
• 1000 Watt Microwave: 15 seconds
• 1200 Watt Microwave: 10 seconds
Care & Storage
Wash your gel-bead ice pack with warm soapy water. You can also hand wash your breast or perineal pack sleeves and air dry for continued use. Store in the freezer or in an airtight container and away from sunlight when not in use.
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