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Stork Talk

Delivering Strategies for your ideal birth


Give yourself the best chance of a positive birth in a hospital setting.


The pregnancy and labour journey is exciting, scary and magical. Most importantly, you want the overall experience to be a positive one. But what would a positive hospital birth mean to you? Perhaps you're unsure of how to prepare or what choices are available. Perhaps you're considering the possibility of natural birth, but fear the reality of it may be too difficult. Perhaps you've experienced a previous birth that was less than ideal.


Whatever your questions, this book will provide you with the tools and strategies to prepare well, birth positively in hospital and move into parenting more easily. Using birth stories from other couples combined with valuable, evidence-based information, Stork Talk helps you understand the emotional, physical, psychological and cultural impact of the challenges you can expect to face.


Stork Talk examines:


  • hospital trends and how becoming informed will assist you in creating your ideal birth
  • how to choose care providers that meet your needs and identify the right support team for you
  • what type of birth is best for you and your baby
  • how to prepare for the intensity of labour and manage pain
  • steps to prepare for - and enjoy - the chaos of living with your newborn
  • ways partners can get involved and how the four trimesters look from a dad's perspective.

After reading this book you will have more direction, and feel confident, excited and less daunted by the experiences to come.


Cheryl Sheriff shares wisdom from her 30 years' experience as a midwife, and doula, and her presence at over 1000 hospital births. She is currently working closely with couples during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, and is passionate about women and their partners experiencing their best possible hospital birth.


What people are saying about Stork Talk

The ideal book for an ideal birth!

I loved this book. It's full of positive stories and empowering information to help readers achieve their best possible birth. Before I read this book, I didn't know how much I didn't know! So often we trust healthcare providers to have all the answers for us, and that the road they lead us down will be in our best interests. But there are so many factors in the hospital system that can interfere with having a great birth. From strict policies and procedures to the individual interests of our care providers. This book gives you the information on the hurdles you may encounter and how to overcome them so that you go into the labour and birth adventure empowered, and educated, with all the tools to have the best birth experience possible. Written in a well structured, positive, and uplifting way, Cheryl's experience and wealth of knowledge is evident. A brilliant read! - Jaki


I needed this years ago!

OMG this is the book I needed years ago when I had my 3 children. You don't realize how important it is to have a good birth experience until you've had a bad one. Nor how important it is to be informed about your options, supported in your decisions and well prepared for the big day. Whether you have had a bad experience or want to avoid having one - this book will get you well on the way to achieving a positive birth experience. Great read!! - Selena Rollason


Must read book for expectant parents - buy early in your pregnancy

I wish I had Stork Talk for my first child. Finally, a book that helps families prepare for their hospital birth from an outside perspective. Cheryl's 30 years experience shows that she understands the questions families have - for hospitals, for obstetricians, for midwives. These are the questions I was looking for in the first trimester but couldn't find - so I didn't ask and I certainly didn't get the answers. Stork Talk goes beyond the practical preparation and looks at emotional preparation also. It has sections that helps Dad/partners prepare also. It gets families thinking of things such as finances. It has case studies and scenarios for when things don't go as expected (which, is often!) This is much much much more than just a childbirth book. Cheryl has understood the broader issues and brought them into a one-stop-shop of knowledge. I don't think this book replaces the practical baby development books, but it certainly complements them and broadens them out. This will be my 'go to' book for subsequent births. - Cherie


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“ I was very passionate about making my birth experience as natural as possible and Cheryl was very supportive of that. ”


Cheryl Sheriff

Doula and Midwife for over 1000 births.

I work privately with couples who want the best possible hospital birth.


I share my wisdom, knowledge and belief from over 1,000 hospital births and 30 years of experience.


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