I am posting an interesting note I received from a British woman this morning. The email made me realize that as we become more of a global village every day, it becomes so much more important to understand how women around the world give birth in order to have the proper context for our own experiences. Here is what she said:
I have just listened to your National Public Radio interview (24th October) after reading about it on the "normal childbirth" myspace page. On the strength of this I've ordered a copy of your book, Birth: A surprising history, from Amazon, as I can't wait until the UK release date in March 2007!
I wanted to write to tell you about my own just-completed birth stories project, Speaking of Birth, in which a dozen first-time mothers living in my home-town of Brighton UK, talk about their diverse experiences of giving birth.
Speaking of Birth is an oral history of personal experiences of childbirth recounted with frankness, humour and passion. Realised as a one-hour radio programme, first broadcast on www.resonancefm.com, and also available as an audio CD, it documents the mothers' stories and provides a vivid snapshot of the realities of childbirth today. Five hundred copies of the cd were distributed free to new mothers in Brighton in October 2006.
I was motivated to produce Speaking of Birth following my own difficult experience with the birth of my daughter in December 2004 (five day labour ending in emergency caesarean, after failed forceps attempt), and am very interested to read your book - especially to compare women's experiences of childbirth historically and globally with experiences of the women I know.
[Here are the links she provided]