Book Review – The Birth Space

The Birth Space – A Doula’s Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond written by Gabrielle Nancarrow.
Book Review by doula India Simpson.

“If there is one thing I want all pregnant people to know, it is you have rights and you have options, and you’re not always going to be informed of them.”

This is truly a wonderful book. I have read many books about pregnancy and childbirth and most are absolutely fantastic but some for newly pregnant women or parents can be overwhelming with all the technical terms, statistics and information; often leading to information overload.

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The Birth Space gets straight to the point with all the essential information you need to know about conceiving, pregnancy, birth and postpartum in an easy to digest manner.

The Birth Space is aesthetically pleasing with an array of beautiful photos, quotes and many birth stories/ perspectives to open your mind to the beauty of conceiving, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.

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“What is important to remember is that your body is unique, babies are unpredictable and you are not overdue if you go past forty weeks”

Amazing topics this book includes:

  • Birthplace options (advanages and considerations)
  • Questions to ask different healthcare workers
  • Termination
  • Pregnancy after loss
  • Looking after your mental health
  • The langaue of pregnancy
  • Gender dissappointment
  • Setting up the birth space
  • What happens after birth
  • Postparum healing
  • Stages of labour
  • Sex after birth


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A bit about the author:

Gabrielle Nancarrow is a mother of three, a birth doula and the founder of Gather, a space for women. Gabrielle hired a doula for her daughters birth at 35 weeks pregnant, and shortly after the birth of her daughter decided she wanted to provide the same support and care to women. Previously she was living in New York and leading the editorial team at Victoria’s Secret PINK. She now lives with her husband and children in Melbourne.

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I’m India Simpson, a student Doula training at the Doula Training Academy. I am also a Registered Nurse working in a Postnatal ward with plans to study Midwifery. I am extremely passionate about all things to do with birth and women’s health.

I am based in Sydney and you can contact me at:

[email protected]

0429 929 236

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