…by Kim Lock.
24 year old Amy Silva lives in Darwin with her long-term boyfriend Dylan who is an army man. Her life is thrown out of order by a surprise pregnancy. Despite the initial support of Dylan and her best friend Hannah, Amy at first feels nothing but fear and confusion around the idea of being a mother. Having an overly clinical and not very empathic doctor does nothing to make Amy feel positive about the future and the pregnancy in general. Until she meets a woman who gives her an idea of how empowering it would be to have a homebirth. With the plan of the home birth deeply rooted in her brain, Amy feels more positive and more in control. Except, she could possibly lose Dylan in the process given his worry about going against the norm.
The characters of Amy, Dylan and Hannah were all very believable and well-developed. The conflicts between them too were quite realistic as was Amy’s dilemma and her fears. While I myself am not a mother nor have I ever been pregnant, I could understand the fear that might come when you suddenly find yourself pregnant and realise that your whole world is about to change. I could also understand the fear of whether or not she would be a good mother because despite not being one, I fear that if I ever have a child, I am not sure if I can be a good parent. And the pressures society puts on women these days makes one far less confident. However, the book lost me at the point when it almost seemed to have a bias against births in hospitals. Amy chooses to deliver at home with the help of a midwife but does a very one-sided research on it. And let’s face it, when it’s your first child, I really doubt you would risk it’s health and not get regular check ups with your obstetrician. I understand that the author was trying to make the protagonist feel empowered but I think you can be empowered through delivering in a hospital setting with doctors. Not everything empowering has to be hippie like and letting nature take its course.
Maybe it’s because I’ve not been pregnant that I don’t get it. But having worked with children, adolescents and families, I would question a parent that didn’t do their research well enough and thought it wise to just have a homebirth without having regular check-ups in the hospital.
Having said that, the book is an easy and engaging read.
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***This book has been reviewed as part of the 2013 Aussie Author Challenge and the Australian Women Writers Challenge. A copy of the book was provided by the author for review but this in no way has influenced my review***
Until next time,