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February 2012

Choosing Cesarean - A Natural Birth Plan Choosing Cesarean: A Natural Birth Plan - available on and (and other book websites).

I have co-written this book with Dr Magnus Murphy, a distinguished urogynecologist in Alberta, Canada, and it will be published by Prometheus Books (New York) in January 2012.

We are very excited about this project, and we hope to educate readers about the risks and benefits of a planned cesarean birth, and to expose some of the myths and untruths that are often reported about this most legitimate birth choice. SEE BOOK REVIEWS BELOW.

If you would like to be contacted with more information about our book as soon at it is available, or if you are a medical professional or journalist who would like to review it, please contact us.

BOOK FLYER (Prometheus Books, New York; published January 2012)  

May 2011  

The 21st Century Motherhood Movement The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It

My authored chapter, titled Surgery is a Natural Birth Plan for Many Women: The organization, was published in this book, edited by Andrea O’Reilly and published by Demeter Press, in May 2011.

This anthology, the first on the 21st century motherhood movement,includes seven sections: Becoming a Mother; Maternal Identities; Maternal Advocacy; Maternal Activism; Violence, Militarism, War and Peace; Social Change and Social Justice; Writing/Researching/Performing Motherhood—and features more than eighty motherhood organizations from around the globe. Each chapter discusses the context, history, mandate of the organization and examines the organization’s activities, challenges, future goals, and its relationship to the larger motherhood movement. The introduction provides an overview of the history and ideological frameworks of the 21st century motherhood movement, discusses the challenges and possibilities of maternalism, details the specific practices and strategies of 21st century maternal activism, and considers such in relation to feminist theory and practice. This book affirms that the 21st century motherhood movement is an autonomous and distinct social movement that makes possible a much needed and long overdue mother-centred theory and politic of feminism.


"An excellent presentation of the complex issues surrounding maternal request cesarean delivery. In this era of informed consent, the authors have addressed the most common and most debated pros and cons in such detail as to allow the individual patient and her physician to make a truly informed decision."
- Dr. Ralph W. Hale, MD, FACOG, executive vice president, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

"At last a sensible and ‘easy-to-read' book about the pros and cons of cesarean at the mother's request. It reviews the scientific evidence thoroughly enough to satisfy professionals but also explains it in straightforward language for the nonmedical reader."

- Phil Steer, BSc, MD, FRCOG, emeritus professor, Imperial College London; editor in chief, BJOG, An International Journal of Obstetrics
and Gynaecology

"A woman's right to choose how she will deliver her baby is the last bastion to overcome in women's long struggle to control their reproduction and sexuality-indeed, to control their lives. Choosing Cesarean is a powerful weapon to help women to finally win this battle."

- W. Benson Harer Jr., MD, retired obstetrician; former president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

"This book provides an outstanding summary of the potential for negative effects of childbirth on a woman's sexual anatomy. The anatomical details are clear and easy to understand, and it is a must-read for all women. Women need to be informed with all information related to elective c-section versus vaginal birth. This book arms women with the information needed to make the choice that suits them best."

- Dr. Jennifer R. Berman, urologist and sexual health expert, the Berman Women's Wellness Center

"Choosing Cesarean is a thoroughly readable book, beautifully written and well researched. The authors offer a supportive approach, with informed decision making. Their argument is cogent and clearly reasoned in favor of women's choice, including the right to elective cesarean section. This book opens the subject to a healthy debate. A compelling book I can thoroughly recommend."

- Dr. Peter De Jong, obstetrician and gynecologist, Christian Barnard Medical Centre, Cape Town

"As a global maternal health advocate, I hope that all women will someday have more birth options to choose from-and that once a woman has had access to information about her options and makes an informed decision about her birth, the rest of us will stand behind her to support that choice."

- Christy Turlington Burns, director/producer No Woman, No Cry; founder, Every Mother Counts

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