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Do Birth - A gentle guide to labour and childbirth Caroline Flint


Whether it’s your first, second or fifth baby, most of us approach childbirth with some trepidation. Yet this life-changing experience can, and should, be a positive one.

Midwife Caroline Flint is one of the most inspirational figures in the world of childbirth. Over the years, she has helped hundreds of women give birth comfortably and confidently. And now she will help you.

In this newly updated edition, you'll find out:

  • Preparations to make if you choose a homebirth
  • Intuitive ways to help labour progress smoothly
  • How to make a hospital birth more homely
  • Advice on breastfeeding and the first hours, days and weeks with your newborn

  • Having a baby is one of life’s most exciting adventures. This book will help you to embrace it.

    This paperback purchase includes a free ebook download. 


    • This 2023 edition features a new introduction, updates throughout and additional resources
    • Full of practical advice so women can have a better birth experience – whether at home or in hospital
    • Written by one of the most inspirational figures in the world of childbirth
    • Featuring charming and useful illustrations by Helen Chown
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    'Caroline uses her unparalleled expertise to empower mothers. Her loving, no‑nonsense approach helped make the births of my two daughters the best hours of my life. This wonderful book shows how that’s possible.'
    Thandiwe Newton, actress and campaigner
    'This is a wonderful book; honest, wise and immensely practical. Highly recommended.'
    Nicole Croft, doula and author of The Good Birth Companion
    'Flint's new book, Do Birth, is her first aimed at new mothers...[She] has important wisdom to impart, based on a formidable 35-year career.'
    'I really liked Caroline Flint's style of writing – supportive of mothers, non-judgemental, and based on years of experience'.
    Amazon reviewer

    About the author

    Caroline Flint knew from the age of eight years old, when her baby sister was born at home, that she wanted to be a midwife. Since then she has become an inspirational figure in the world of childbirth. She has been a midwife for nearly 50 years working in hospitals, women’s homes and she ran the Birth Centre in London for over two decades. She is a former President of the Royal College of Midwives (1994‑5), a founder member of the Association of Radical Midwives, and the first Chair of the Midwives Information and Resource Service.

    Caroline has three children of her own and 12 grandchildren – nine of which she delivered. She continues to run antenatal courses for the NCT.

    Caroline’s Do Lecture: The importance of natural births

    A passionate and emotive talk from Caroline Flint. A birth teaches a woman how powerful and amazing she is. So why are we treating births like a production line, and not as the most natural thing in the world?

    Product Details

    Pub date: May 2013, new edn 2023
    Dimensions: 120x178mm
    ISBN: 978-1-914168-33-8
    eBook ISBN: 978-1-914168-34-5


    Contains line drawings by Helen Chown

    Paper & print details

    Paperback editions are printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper