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The story of three pregnancies, four friends, love, labour and birth. Birth in Suburbia is filled with information about pregnancy and labour. The story drives the novel so that it never feels like a data-laden textbook on pregnancy. Falaki places helpful tidbits of information throughout the story, never forcing the plot or turning the narrative into a field manual. The story culminates with all three women going into labour within a 24-hour period. With descriptions of a home birth, an emergency caesarean section, and a normal hospital birth,‘Under Falaki’s careful pen, Birth in Suburbia plays out like a quick-witted, more mature episode of Sex and the City, except in this episode the characters are British and pregnant. With witty banter and emotional relationships, readers will find themselves quickly drawn into the story.’ Carol Falaki was a midwife for 19 years with a special interest in helping to prepare women for childbirth and supporting normal labour.... More >< Less
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    Nov 19, 2011
    Review by Kim Thomas; New Digest, NCT professional, Edition 49 January 2010 (p19). Traditional advice to new authors is to write about what you know and Carol Falaki has certainly taken that to heart. A midwife for 19 years, and a mother of two, her novel Birth in Suburbia follows the lives of three friends in their journey from late pregnancy to giving birth. The three friends, Debbie, Helen and Liz, all residents of the fictional suburb of Wellonsey, find themselves in very different situations. Helen is happily married to Nigel. Debbie is married to Sean, but he seems distant and pre-occupied, and she worries that he is having an affair. Liz meanwhile, has split up with her partner, and moved back from London to Wellonsey to live with her parents. Falaki is obviously familiar with the concerns that women have in pregnancy -their fear of giving birth, their worries about whether they will be able to breast-feed and their anxieties about relationships. She knows what pregnant women... More > talk about, and offers a good account of the conflicting views about whether home birth is better than hospital birth. She is also excellent at showing the confusion women feel when confronted with so much contradictory advice. The author comes into her own when relating the very different birth experiences of the three women. Her descriptions of a home birth, a relatively straightforward hospital birth and a difficult hospital birth ending in an emergency Caesarean are realistic and packed with the kind of detail, both about the physical experience and the emotions of the women themselves that only an experienced midwife could convey. For antenatal teachers, these descriptions provide an excellent starting-point for a discussion of birth experiences, and the book as a whole does a great job of bringing into the open the often unspoken qualms of many pregnant women.< Less
  • By LK Gardner-Griffie
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Novel View of Birth - Part I" When this particular book was posted on the Pick Me! tab of the LL Book Review, I knew, being the only woman regular reviewer, if I didn't review it, the book would be declined. We keep a separate document with all of the review requests submitted where we, after reviewing the available information about the book, signify whether it is a selection we would like to review or not. Just for grins, after I added Birth in Suburbia to the list, I left it open to see how long it would take my fellow reviewers to place an N next to it. As soon as they looked at the list, they updated this selection as a No, and it was left to me to give it the final thumbs up or thumbs down. I went through my usual process of first reading the review request submission, then going to the product page and reading the preview available. When I read the preview for Birth in Suburbia, I was pleasantly surprised. Based on the write up, I knew this was a novel and not a... More > textbook, but was apprehensive about whether the author truly pulled this book off in novel format. The preview convinced me there was a story line and what I read was well written, so I asked for the book for review. I'm going to cover a couple of things that I feel hamper this book from being as good as it could be first, so then I can focus on what I liked about it. I'll be candid, I don't like the title. I feel that the title so limits the readership of the book that the author will lose some sales because of it. I'm not sure what I would call it, but I know I would take the word Birth out of the title, as that alone limits the appeal to expectant mothers. The same can be said for the book cover. Three pregnant women holding their bellies will appeal to expectant mothers and very few others. This may be the author's intent, in which case both the title and the cover should serve it well. The spacing of the book is double spaced and combined with the wide margins and large indents makes the book much longer in page length than it needs to be. Reformatting the book to widen the margins, decrease the indents, and changing to single spacing vs. double would significantly reduce the page length, and as a result, the base cost, which is something all POD authors need to be conscious of. By making those changes, the reduction in page length would allow the author a little more freedom with character development, which I felt was somewhat lacking. I believe Carol Falaki to be a good enough author to develop the characters well, but I had a sense as I read the book that some sacrifices were made to allow for detailed explanation of the birth process and to keep the page length down a bit. (Review continued in Part II)< Less
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