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New Book early 2017: Spirituality and Childbirth: meaning and care at the start of life

Goal: This unique book will draw upon a variety of disciplines gathering a myriad of perspectives such as midwifery, anthropology, psychology, hermeneutics and other sources in a style that is innovative which will engage you the reader and invoke reflection on aspects of birth normally taken for granted, ignored or left silenced. In doing so the art and meaning of childbirth will be surfaced and contribute to deeper understandings and appreciation. The book will draw attention to the beginning of life; a poignant human journey that holds meaning and significance within and beyond current maternity care systems.

There is considerable literature on spirituality at the end of life (i.e. Hospice care, palliative care, chaplaincy for the dying) yet there are no books that draw together global academic researchers and practitioners who have an interest in spirituality at the start of life. Although Dr Jenny Hall (co-editor on this book) has previously published ‘Midwifery, mind and spirit: emerging issues of care’ in 2000 we felt there was currently no other professional book covering spirituality in childbirth. Jenny and I share a passion about this aspect of childbirth and saw a real gap in the published literature that needed to be addressed and the idea was born for this joint project.
For more information go to: drsusan.crowther.com

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Chapter explores the meaningfulness of childbirth. Notions of celebration, joy, transformation, shared natality, Kairos time and ecology of birth are explored
Highlighting aspects of birth often taken for granted, ignored or left silenced, this book questions the art and meaning of childbirth. Addressing spirituality in and around the start of life from a variety of thought-provoking perspectives, it examines the apparent paradox of impersonal biomedical-technocratic systems operating alongside the meaningful experiences encountered by those involved. Themes covered include: Notions of holism and spirituality, culture, religion and spirituality Childbirth significance at societal level Spiritual care in maternity care provision Birth environment, mood, space and place Spiritual experience of all those involved, including health professionals Spiritual experience when birth is complex and challenging When birth and death are juxtaposed. Although there is considerable literature on spirituality at the end of life, this is the only book that draws together a global and multidisciplinary selection of academic researchers and practitioners to reflect on spirituality at the start of life. Each chapter explores the relevant theoretical background and makes links to practice, using case studies from research and practice. The chapters conclude by discussing: how spiritual care is, and should be, provided in this context; what practice approaches are beneficial; cross-cultural perspectives; and future directions for research. It is an important read for all those interested in childbirth, maternity care, social science perspectives on health and illness, and spirituality. on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirituality-Childbirth-Meaning-Care-Start/dp/1138229415
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Confirmation of publish date - sept 2017.
Pre orders now available:
 
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Spirituality and Childbirth book now available for pre ordering. Publishing date Sept 2017
 
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We are working on proofs this month, and book cover design now confirmed. Next update in a few weeks.
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The manuscript for the book has now been submitted to the publishers. Jenny and I are hoping to get the book launched by or during the International Confederation of Midwives conference in June 2017, Toronto.
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HI
thank you for inquiry.
Jenny and I hope to have this published by UK Spring 2017.
you can also follow the twitter account for publication updates @spiritbirthbook
Go well
Susan
 
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This unique book will draw upon a variety of disciplines gathering a myriad of perspectives such as midwifery, anthropology, psychology, hermeneutics and other sources in a style that is innovative which will engage you the reader and invoke reflection on aspects of birth normally taken for granted, ignored or left silenced. In doing so the art and meaning of childbirth will be surfaced and contribute to deeper understandings and appreciation. The book will draw attention to the beginning of life; a poignant human journey that holds meaning and significance within and beyond current maternity care systems.
There is considerable literature on spirituality at the end of life (i.e. Hospice care, palliative care, chaplaincy for the dying) yet there are no books that draw together global academic researchers and practitioners who have an interest in spirituality at the start of life. Although Dr Jenny Hall (co-editor on this book) has previously published ‘Midwifery, mind and spirit: emerging issues of care’ in 2000 we felt there was currently no other professional book covering spirituality in childbirth. Jenny and I share a passion about this aspect of childbirth and saw a real gap in the published literature that needed to be addressed and the idea was born for this joint project.
For more information go to: drsusan.crowther.com