Health, Family & Lifestyle Pregnancy & Childcare Books

The Unmumsy Mums: A Collection of Your Hysterical Stories from the Frontline of Parenting

Whenever the Unmumsy Mum shares a story about life with her two young boys, she is inundated with anecdotes from other mums who have had similar experiences. As she herself puts it: 'I have spent many an evening over the past year absolutely howling with laughter at all the comments and messages received via my blog and social media pages. The Facebook page, in particular, has become a place for mums and dads to share their hilarious stories about the reality of life with children. I was confident that there would be further undiscovered gems out there - hysterical things that children have said, embarrassing things that they have done - so I invited my followers to send their own tales to me. This is a collection of the best of those stories - enjoy!'This ebook collection is released to celebrate publication of The Unmumsy Mum's first book and includes an exclusive preview of The Unmumsy Mum.

Fear Free Childbirth: Your Guide to a Stress-Free Pregnancy and a Fear-Free Childbirth

This 146-page e-book will help you to take the fear out of birth and includes contributions from best-selling birth and pregnancy authors as well as world-class birthing and wellbeing experts. It is the ideal accompaniment to the Fear Free Childbirth podcast and includes access to the extensive free resources that are provided to the regular podcast listeners.Alexia launched the Fear Free Childbirth Podcast because she wanted to create a source of information about pregnancy and birth that she wished she’d had when she was pregnant. She had no idea that it would grow to become as popular as it is today. Since its launch the podcast has been nominated in the UK Podcasting Awards and it has been downloaded over 110,000 times and is listened to in over 120 countries.When Alexia was pregnant she was terrified of giving birth, so much so that she was sure she’d opt for a c-section; just to avoid the pain of giving birth. Fortunately her pregnancy coincided with her training in a new therapeutic technique that could clear fears quickly and effectively. It was also where someone told her about hypnobirthing and the possibility of a pain-free birth. Once she learned that fears are directly responsible for the pain we experience in childbirth she knew what she had to do; clear her fears! Alexia spent her second trimester clearing her fears and had experienced such a transformation that by her third trimester she opted for a natural birth at home. When she was pregnant for the second time, she had lots of new fears and she dealt with those in the same way and went on to have her second beautiful home birth.But one thing stood out for her; the lack of readily available information for pregnant women to help them navigate their pregnancy journey so that they can approach birth without fear. For women to feel confident and calm about their births, two things are required. Firstly, they need to feel empowered and this means being well-informed about childbirth. The second aspect is that they need to be able to move past their fears, and this isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t know how.Through her podcast, Alexia helps her listeners with both of these. She is regularly joined by world-class birthing professionals and experts who share their wisdom about birth and the choices women face. Alexia also talks to mothers who share their positive birth stories to inspire women that birth really can be a beautiful and positive experience. And finally, she shares the method that she used for clearing her fears and that she credits with helping her to ditch her plan for a c-section and choose a natural home birth.A whole range of topics are covered including hypnobirthing, coping with a miscarriage, conscious birthing, tokophobia (fear of pregnancy and birth), micro biome, overcoming fear, particularly the fear of pain and the fear of losing control, how dads can prepare for birth, how to avoid inductions and much more.The ebook includes contributions from Jacqui Blue (director of the Beautiful Films documentary), Sophie Fletcher (best-selling author of "Mindful Hypnobirthing", doula and founder of Mindful Mamma), Mark Harris (best-selling author of "Men, Love and Birth", midwife, founder of Birthing4Blokes), Lisa-Jane Merridue (conscious birthing doula), Susie Gower (holistic fertility, pregnancy and birth support expert), Catherine Holland (Rebirthing breath worker, author, breastfeeding counsellor) and Charan Surdhar (author, epigeneticist), as well as many more through interviews.To easily access the podcast episodes that are featured in this book, you can use the Podcasts app (Apple) or Stitcher app (Android). Just search for Fear Free Childbirth.

Open Adoption, Open Mind: (book 3) An Adoptive Father's Inspiring True Story (Glass Half-Full Adoption Memoirs)

The Glass Half-Full Adoption Memoirs series has won multiple awards, including North American Book Awards and Idaho Author Awards three consecutive years.Everybody knows what adoption is, but adoption has changed dramatically over recent decades. “Open adoptions” used to be unheard of, but have quickly become the norm over recent years. Open adoptions create an opportunity for biological parents to remain connected with the child even after the adoption takes place. Emotionally, this is still largely uncharted territory for everybody involved and relationships can be difficult to navigate. Although these connections can be stressful and challenging, they are also beautiful and inspiring. Whether you are simply someone interested in an amazing and touching story, or whether you are hoping to be educated on what it might be like to walk a mile in the shoes of an adoptive parent, Russell Elkins holds nothing back as he takes you along for the ride. Told from the point of view of an adoptive father, the journey Russell and his wife took is such a roller coaster ride you would think this true story was fiction.Book 1: Open Adoption, Open HeartRussell and Jammie have struggled with infertility issues for years before deciding that adoption is right way to build their family. They quickly find out that adoption is not as simple as filling out some paperwork and waiting for the right child to join them at home. Sometimes adoptions fall through. People change their mind. Hearts are often broken during the process. The actual adoption does not take place at the end of the book because it is by no means the end of the story—it’s the midpoint of the journey as adoption relationships have only just begun. Book 2: Open Adoption, Open Arms Russell and Jammie thought their second adoption would be a bit easier since they had already gone through the process once before and knew better what to expect. They were wrong. A new situation and new relationships came with unique trials. This new situation stirred up emotions from Russell’s past—from before he even met his wife, Jammie—making it possible for him to relate to the biological parents on a level he had never experienced before. Book 3: Open Adoption, Open MindRussell and Jammie’s journey did not end with the details of the last page of book two. Not by a long shot. Some relationships blossom while others find hard times. Russell and Jammie even begin to develop a relationship with a birthfather who previously wanted nothing to do with them—a relationship that proves to be unpredictable and difficult. Most importantly, the journey takes new twists and turns as the children become old enough to think for themselves (and they do not process their story the same way as each other).

St. John Ambulance First Aid Reference Guide

Build confidence in your ability to save lives and remain calm in emergencies with this succinct and comprehensive guide to first aid. Developed by St. John Ambulance, a leader in first aid training, this book teaches thousands each year how to help in a wide range of emergencies. Become familiar with signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, choking, allergic reactions, bleeding, and injuries to bones and muscles, and be prepared to take action. This guide was built on scientific recommendations from leading authorities in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the deep understanding of first aid training by St. John Ambulance experts. Get prepared for emergencies that come your way at work, home and play.

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement: Stories from the Frontline

This open access book marks the first historical overview of the autism rights branch of the neurodiversity movement, describing the activities and rationales of key leaders in their own words since it organized into a unique community in 1992. Sandwiched by editorial chapters that include critical analysis, the book contains 19 chapters by 21 authors about the forming of the autistic community and neurodiversity movement, progress in their influence on the broader autism community and field, and their possible threshold of the advocacy establishment. The actions covered are legendary in the autistic community, including manifestos such as “Don’t Mourn for Us”, mailing lists, websites or webpages, conferences, issue campaigns, academic project and journal, a book, and advisory roles. These actions have shifted the landscape toward viewing autism in social terms of human rights and identity to accept, rather than as a medical collection of deficits and symptoms to cure.

Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment: International, European and National Perspectives

Fundamental rights for all people with disabilities, education and employment are key for the inclusion of people with autism. They play as facilitators for the social inclusion of persons with autism and as multipliers for their enjoyment of other fundamental rights. After outlining the international and European dimensions of the legal protection of the rights to education and employment of people with autism, the book provides an in-depth analysis of domestic legislative, judicial and administrative practice of the EU Member States in these fields. Each chapter identifies the good practices on inclusive education and employment of people with autism consistent with principles and obligations enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Articles 24 and 27). The book contains the scientific results of the European Project “Promoting equal rights of people with autism in the field of employment and education” aimed at supporting the implementation of the UN Convention in the fields of inclusive education and employment.

Pregnancy & Baby Guide by Mumbook

Pregnancy and Baby Guide by Mumbook is your essential source to having a baby. The book encompasses detailed information from conception to managing pregnancy, labour and birth to caring for your newborn baby. Full of the all the things you need to know including useful tips and links to organisations that can support you and your new family. The chapters are presented in an easy to read format that will make this book your go to guide that you’ll pick up time and time again. Having a baby is one of nature’s wondrous experiences, make the most of this special time in your life, creating your own family and joyous memories.

The Rise of Autism: Risk and Resistance in the Age of Diagnosis

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429285912, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.This innovative book addresses the question of why increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with autism since the 1990s. Providing an engaging account of competing and widely debated explanations, it investigates how these have led to differing interpretations of the same data. Crucially, the author argues that the increased use of autism diagnosis is due to medicalisation across the life course, whilst holding open the possibility that the rise may also be partly accounted for by modern-day environmental exposures, again, across the life course.A further focus of the book is not on whether autism itself is valid as a diagnostic category, but whether and how it is useful as a diagnostic category, and how the utility of the diagnosis has contributed to the rise. This serves to move beyond the question of whether diagnoses are 'real' or social constructions, and instead asks: who do diagnoses serve to benefit, and at what cost do they come?The book will appeal to clinicians and health professionals, as well as medical researchers, who are interested in a review of the data which demonstrates the rising use of autism as a diagnosis, and an analysis of the reasons why this has occurred. Providing theory through which to interpret the expanding application of the diagnosis and the broadening of autism as a concept, it will also be of interest to scholars and students of sociology, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, social work, disability studies and childhood studies.