The booklet is 52 pages long, and is A5 in size (A4 folded, or approximately 6 x 8.5 inches). It is crammed full of information detailing the physical and emotional aspects of caesarean birth, and the challenges of planning future births - exploring the VBAC option in some detail, but also outlining ways to plan a positive caesarean. The booklet considers issues in a before/during/after format to enable women to make informed choices and provides relevant information in relation to caesarean section birth.
The Birthrites booklet has been developed following extensive consultation with consumers, midwives, obstetricians and other parties. Any medical information it contains was proofread by medical practitioners, to make sure it was as accurate as possible at the time of printing, as our organization does not claim to have the qualifications to provide this.
You can download a free copy of the Birthrites' booklet in PDF format via this link: Birthrites Booklet 500kb)
You can also obtain a hard copy(s) within Australia by ordering directly through Birthrites. Please note that printing and postage costs will apply.
Please note that as at December 2007, the booklet is undergoing revision and a new version should be available soon.
Below is a 'hotlinked' index of the booklet's contents in html format, to allow you to browse through the many aspects it explores in regard to birthing by caesarean and planning future birth choices. Please click on any of the headings to go directly to that page.
* To find out how to obtain a hard copies (within