Britain’s best-known and experienced midwife has written an inspirational book, which aims to help all women achieve the births they want. As this is generally a birth that proceeds as naturally as possible, her main task is to help women rediscover the instincts that can guarantee a happy pregnancy and a successful delivery, whether this is at home or in hospital. Val Clarke’s lifetime of working with pregnant women has given her the experience to help women recognize and listen to this wise counsel. She goes through the entire birth process, explaining where instinct has a role to play, and why it is usually correct. Dotted within are reassuring anecdotes and stories of the mothers she’s attended.