The Birth Space: A Doula's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond (Hardcover)
"In The Birth Space . you will find the information and support that will take you from conception through matrescence, with deeper calm, confidence and power." Aviva Romm, MD
The Birth Space is a doula's guide to conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum that highlights choice and rights in the perinatal space.
In this beautiful book, trained and experienced doula Gabrielle Nancarrow offers comprehensive information about the birthing landscape that will empower you to choose the right birth for you – whether that be an obstetric, midwife or home birth. The Birth Space shows us how to prepare our minds and bodies for pregnancy and labor, from conscious conception through to postpartum and into matrescence. Gabrielle helps us understand what to expect during this period and translates the medical terminology so we are informed. She also provides remedies for common ailments, shares insights from other birth specialists, and is a constant spiritual guide from conception and beyond.talk about continuity of care!
Filled with moving photography by Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd (@ilsa_whk), Lisa Sorgini @lisa.sorgini, and Hayden Trace (@feelinghomeagain) as well as intimate real-life stories from contributors covering pregnancy loss, IVF, same-sex conception, home births, caesareans and more, The Birth Space is the essential companion for anyone who is seeking guidance as they enter this new chapter of their life.
About the Author
Gabrielle Nancarrow is a mother of two, a birth doula and the founder of Gather—a space for women in Melbourne, Australia. The experience of birthing and mothering her two daughters has changed the direction of Gabrielle's life and career. When she became pregnant with her first baby in 2013, she was living in New York and leading the editorial team at Victoria's Secret PINK. She hired a doula at 35 weeks pregnant and decided the minute her daughter was born that she too wanted to provide that same level of support and care to others. Gabrielle is an advocate for women's and reproductive rights and wants every birthing person to feel empowered, safe, supported and in control of their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience.
"In her new and very thoughtful book, The Birth Space, doula and author Gabrielle Nancarrow renews our appreciation for the magnificence and wonder of the process. From preconception to matrescence, with sensitive storytelling and beautiful photography her words of wisdom bring back normalcy and common sense. The Birth Space fills a large void in the world of pregnancy books and I highly recommend it." — Stuart J. Fischbein, MD FACOG
"Gabrielle Nancarrow has gathered and shared the wisdom of this pathway, honed by midwives, doulas, and mothers, to which she’s added her own special sauce of lived experience and stories, blended with the latest in innate birthing practices. The result? The Birth Space, in which you will find the information and support that will take you from conception through matrescence, with deeper calm, confidence and power. As a midwife and MD, I welcome you into this sacred space, with joy." — Aviva Romm, MD, author of The Natural Pregnancy Book, Natural Health After Birth and Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health
"Blending heartfelt storytelling with the wisdom of a doula and a mother, The Birth Space will educate and empower you to own your birth experience and make informed choices that feel right to you. A must-read for all birthing families." — Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, filmmakers of The Business of Being Born