Mothering Touch is pleased and proud to be hosting a Book Launch for one of our favourite Victoria midwives - Ilana Stanger-Ross. Her book, A is for Advice, is a brief and compelling reflection on pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period for expectant mothers of all kinds.
Whether you prefer a water birth at home or a scheduled C-section in a hospital, whether you believe in painkillers or an all-natural labour, breast milk or formula, this book speaks to you and your pregnancy. Written in the approachable and friendly tone of a best-friend blogger but informed by the insight of a Registered Midwife, A is for Advice seeks to comfort and inspire, providing realistic and soothing advice at a time when most women desperately seek out information.
Through 26 lesson/letters of the alphabet (C is for Control; F is for Fear; W is for Water), A is for Advice offers practical and emotional insights into the often overwhelming transition to motherhood. Using a combination of humor, story-telling, research distillation, and personal reflection, A is for Advice speaks to concerns common to all women as they approach birth and motherhood. Eschewing the “birth wars” for a women-centred, feminist perspective, A is for Advice does not argue for any one type of birth experience, but rather empowers each woman to be her own advocate.
When I first met Ilana, she was a student-midwife and had just published Sima's Undergarments for Women. It is a charming novel about a bra-fitter. I found it especially charming, because I had just opened Mothering Touch and was learning to fit bras myself. I am very excited to read Ilana's new work. Please come and join me to hear her talk about it!
Ilana will be at Mothering Touch on Saturday April 6, from 6-8pm. We will start with a brief interview, and then give the audience a chance to ask questions. And of course, Ilana will be happy to sign copies of her book.