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Why it Matters

There is more information available on giving birth and raising children than ever before. With each new scientific advance or fad, more questions arise: Fertility issues? Screening tests? Antenatal classes, hypnobirthing or yoga? Home, hospital or birth centre? Breast or bottle, or both? Attachment parenting or parent-led routine? Co-sleeping or their own room? Spoon-feeding or baby-led weaning? To vaccinate, or not? Researching any or all of these topics can be time-consuming and frustrating, as good information and support sits alongside that provided by ‘experts’ or those with vested interests keen to prey on our anxieties and relieve us of our cash. Contradictory articles in the press, one-sided, heavily edited TV shows and social media commentary muddy the waters even further.

Pinter & Martin’s series, Why It Matters, seeks to steer a course through this sea of information, to give a broad perspective on the topics that affect family life in the 21st century. Readers will find that the books give a succinct, balanced and evidence-based introduction to each subject, giving them a firm framework from which to make confident, informed decisions of their own. With concise, readable text, and an up-to-date perspective that will bring new ideas into the mainstream, the books will appeal to a wide range of readers, including new parents, health professionals and all those with an interest in birth and parenting.

Pinter & Martin’s reputation for bringing clear thinking to complex subjects, coupled with a team of talented authors and a wide range of thought-provoking titles, ensures that the Why It Matters series is an invaluable guide to the ins-and-outs of modern parenting.

The Why It Matters series editor is Susan Last. Her blog can be found here.

1 Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters Sarah Ockwell-Smith
2 Why Hypnobirthing Matters Katrina Berry
3 Why Doulas Matter Maddie McMahon
4 Why Perinatal Depression Matters Mia Scotland
5 Why Babywearing Matters Rosie Knowles
6 Why the Politics of Breastfeeding Matter Gabrielle Palmer
7 Why Breastfeeding Matters Charlotte Young
8 Why Starting Solids Matters Amy Brown
9 Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter Rebecca Schiller
10 Why Mothers’ Medication Matters Wendy Jones
11 Why Home Birth Matters Natalie Meddings
12 Why Caesarean Matters Clare Goggin
13 Why Mothering Matters Maddie McMahon
14 Why Induction Matters Rachel Reed
15 Why Birth Trauma Matters Emma Svanberg
16 Why Oxytocin Matters Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg