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(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) — One of the best-selling pregnancy books in Australia, “Preparing for Birth: Mothers,” releases its sixth edition — the book has sold more than 500,000 copies since it first hit bookshelves in 1987.

The sixth edition is twenty pages longer than previous editions, and full-colour images replace line drawings. Unique paintings from well-known Australian midwife artist Holly Priddis help illustrate the reader’s journey through the pages. In addition, the sixth edition includes up-to-date, evidence-based information on pregnancy, birth and parenting a new baby. “Birth International is excited about the new release of our classic book,” said author Jane Palmer. “Now longer and in full colour, it’s a book we believe should be on every pregnant woman’s bookshelf.”

The book covers pregnancy diet, health care, labour positions in each stage, newborn care, and post-birth recovery. It emphasises active participation during labour.

The book empowers mums to assume control of the birthing process using their abilities and resources instead of hospital staff simply delivering their baby. “You only give birth to this baby once,” said Jane. “Take time to enjoy the discoveries of pregnancy and the richness that birth brings to your life as a woman. We wish you the best for a healthy pregnancy, a happy birth experience and a wonderful time with your new baby.”
The book is also an excellent resource for childhood educators to hand out to parents-to-be. In addition, hospitals across Australia use the book’s material as background notes for childbirth education programs.
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