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On Becoming a Mother

Welcoming Your New Baby and Your New Life with Wisdom from Around the World

A celebration of pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a new baby’s life

From Mexican rebozo used to rock the belly and ease back pain during pregnancy to the Bengali practice of taking off a woman’s bangles to help her visualize a speedy labour, from Arianna Huffington's advice for getting sleep in the early days of motherhood to Davina McCall's tribute to her midwife, from the inspiring proverbs printed on the kangas used to carry East African newborns on their mother’s back to the Japanese ritual where Sumo wrestlers are asked to make infants cry, discover a world’s worth of wisdom on becoming a mother.

Brigid McConville is the global creative director of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. An award-winning journalist and filmmaker, she is the author most recently of Stories of Mothers Lost. When she is not travelling the world to ensure WRA's mission that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all, she splits her time between London and the West Country of England.

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– Green Parent

‘Enlightening… a thoroughly enjoyable read that doesn’t chastise you or make you feel that you are doing anything wrong, in fact highlights that we are all different and choose to do what is right for us’ 9/10 stars

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