Kim Thomas, CEO, Birth Trauma Association
Many women who have experienced sexual abuse find giving birth traumatising. Using vivid and moving case studies, this book offers excellent guidance on supporting those women to have a better experience of pregnancy, labour and birth. It will be an invaluable resource for health professionals working in this area.
Maria Booker, Programmes Director, Birthrights
Kicki's book is a compelling reminder that being treated with kindness, dignity and respect is the number one source of safety in maternity care. Practical, accessible and with the voices of survivors threaded through every page, this is a must-read for all those who aspire to trauma informed and human rights centred practice.
Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery, Western Sydney University
It is great to see a book dedicated to guiding health professionals to support survivors of sexual abuse when they are pregnant and giving birth. This is an area of maternity care that can cause exacerbation of trauma for women if handled poorly and the opportunity for growth and healing if handled well. The health provider sits in that juncture between further trauma and a pathway to healing and this is a serious responsibility that can weigh heavily on us without guidance. This book provides that guidance.
Milli Hill, Founder of the Positive Birth Movement and author of 'The Positive Birth Book' and 'Give Birth Like a Feminist'
This book is so needed - although I truly wish it wasn't. We need more empathy in the birth room, so that no woman needs to feel she has to disclose her history in order to be treated with gentleness and respect.
Soo Downe, Professor of Midwifery Studies, UCLan
This is a very important area to address, and the content will be very useful for the target audience. The integration of women's stories provides very effective insights into what matters for pregnant women who have experienced sexual abuse specifically, and for pregnant women in general.