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Pinter & Martin Book Launch Special

These occasional podcasts feature interviews with Pinter & Martin authors, talking about their latest publications. Find out about the passions that drive them to write, what's in the book, and where you can get your own copy!

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Apple: Sex, Drugs, Motherhood and the Recovery of the Feminine

Initially, I planned a straightforward book about maternal feminism and, whilst researching a chapter, stumbled across a piece of information that had a domino effect and led to my turfing the work I'd done and beginning again. The piece of information in question was that scopolamine, one of the two primary ingredients of early obstetric drug cocktail Twilight Sleep, was both an hallucinogen and a sweat retardant. Apple evolved from that point. For the past 150 years, babies have literally been born tripping. I was in shock. Cultural movements and related ideologies suddenly fell into place, as did the shift in the maternal paradigm.


2 Jun 2022

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The Positive Birth Book

Challenging negativity and fear of childbirth, and brimming with everything you need to know about labour, birth and the early weeks of parenting, The Positive Birth Book is the must-have guide for pregnant women. A widely acclaimed bestseller since it was first published, it has empowered hundreds of thousands of women worldwide to make informed, positive choices about their births. In this Book Launch Special, Megan Stephenson of The Breastfeeding Show interviews author Milli Hill about the changes she's made to the book, and why it's such a popular and important manual for anyone approaching their birth. Whether you plan to have your baby in hospital, in a birth centre, at home or by elective caesarean, this essential, non-judgemental guide shows you how to raise your expectations and have the best possible birth experience.


20 May 2022

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HIV and Breastfeeding - Pamela Morrison

In the early 1980s it was discovered that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, could be passed through a mother’s milk to her baby. Almost overnight in the industrialised countries, and later in the African countries most ravaged by HIV, breastfeeding became an endangered practice. But in the rush to reduce transmission of HIV, everything we already knew about breastfeeding’s life-saving effects was overlooked, with devastating consequences for mothers and babies. In HIV and Breastfeeding – the untold story, former IBCLC Pamela Morrison, an acknowledged authority on HIV and breastfeeding, reveals how women in the world’s most poverty-stricken areas were persuaded to abandon breastfeeding as part of a short-sighted and deadly policy that led to an humanitarian disaster. The dilemma that breastfeeding, an act of nurturing which confers food, comfort and love, could be at once life-saving yet lethal, has been called ‘the ultimate paradox’. This critical account reveals how vital breastfeeding is, even in the most difficult of circumstances, and examines the lessons that can be learned from the mistakes of the past – which is particularly relevant as we deal with the consequences for mothers and babies of another global pandemic, Covid-19.


21 Feb 2022

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Why Formula Feeding Matters, by Shel Banks

In this Book Launch Special, Karen Hall chats with author Shel Banks about the big question of why formula feeding matters. Nearly all babies in the UK receive formula milk at some point during their first year of life. Yet finding independent and factual information about formula feeding can be surprisingly difficult, as much of the material available to parents, carers and health professionals is generated by the formula industry for marketing purposes. How can parents make properly informed decisions about which brand to choose, how much to feed and when, and how to prepare products safely? In Why Formula Feeding Matters infant feeding specialist Shel Banks tackles all these questions and many more, drawing on the evidence and her extensive experience supporting families with infant feeding to communicate essential information for anyone involved in caring for formula feeding babies.


17 Jan 2022

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Covid Babies, by Amy Brown

Karen Hall chats with Professor Amy Brown about her tenth book (we counted!) Covid Babies, an important acknowledgement of the experiences of parents and health professionals during the Coivd-19 Pandemic. As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, pregnancy and maternity services underwent a rapid transformation in an attempt to deal with transmission of the virus and the growing pressure on healthcare services. In a climate of fear, and with many unknowns about the virus and the risks to pregnant women and their babies, restrictions and hastily implemented policies often overrode years of work to improve maternity care, with devastating consequences for new families. Covid Babies: how pandemic health measures undermined pregnancy, birth and early parenting considers how policies put in place to protect us from the immediate threat of the virus ultimately had the unintended consequence of harming many who needed maternity and postnatal care. It highlights how hard-won gains, even when supported by overwhelming evidence, can be lost at the drop of a hat in a crisis. By learning the lessons of the pandemic – through close examination of the evidence base that is now emerging – Amy Brown shows how we can begin to move forward and unravel what has gone wrong. This is no easy task when our health services continue to face significant challenges, but one that is necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of our new families and those who care for them.


18 Nov 2021

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The Maternal Journal, by Samantha McGowan and Laura Godfrey-Isaacs

Maternal Journal is filled to the brim with ideas, support and inspiration to create your very own journal through your pregnancy, birth and parenthood. This easy-to-use and beautifully illustrated book will help you explore your creative voice and develop a regular journaling practice using artistic tools and techniques that fit in with everyday parenting. In this Book Launch Special, Karen Hall talks to the authors about how the journal came about, who it's for, and how proud they are to have produced it!


17 Oct 2021

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Why Infant Reflux Matters, by Carol Smyth

Carol Smyth talks to Karen Hall about her new book in the Why It Matters series.


5 Oct 2021

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Nurturing Maternity Staff, by Jan Smith

That maternity staff are under pressure, with many leaving their jobs each year, is well known. Personal sacrifices, long working hours, lack of resources and an overstretched system take their toll, and occasionally staff are involved in traumatic and emotionally difficult situations. Many tolerate these conditions in the service of doing a job they love, but what happens to their mental health over time? Nurturing Maternity Staff explains how the system and individuals within it relate to each other, highlighting both the vital role compassionate leadership has in creating psychologically safe working environments, as well as tools individuals can use to optimise their own mental wellbeing. Let’s dare to dream maternity services could be different.


17 Sep 2021

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Let's talk about feeding your baby, by Amy Brown

Amy Brown and Karen Hall chat about Amy's new book, Let's Talk About Feeding Your Baby


25 Aug 2021

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Breastfeeding Uncovered, by Amy Brown

Amy Brown and Karen Hall talk about the latest edition of Breastfeeding Uncovered


24 Aug 2021

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