Hi Alison,
I’ll be at the conference and would like one copy of the book please. Thank you!

Davis Harte, PhD

On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 10:05 AM Macfarlane, Alison <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Twenty five years ago, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit published the second edition of Rona Campbell and my book ‘Where to be born? The debate and the evidence’. As a result of Birthplace and other similar research done since 1994, we now have much more robust and detailed evidence and it is reassuring to know that our earlier tentative conclusions have not been contradicted. Despite being 25 years old, Where to be born? is still cited widely as, to my knowledge, no one else has described the historical background and I am often asked by midwives and others how they can get at hold of a copy.


Although the book sold well when it first came out, there was no professional publisher involved. The distribution methods we used worked well in the 1980s and early 1990s but have long been superseded. As a result, a considerable number of unsold copies have been languishing in a storage facility. Unsurprisingly, the current Director of NPEU has decided to get rid of them and has asked for them to be pulped.


Rather than doing this, I am looking at ways of distributing them to people who might want a copy for themselves or a number of copies for distribution to students. Anyone who is within easy reach of Oxford can just contact Thomas Roberts at NPEU, to whom this is copied, and arranged to collect copies free of charge. I am also looking at ways of getting them to people who are further away.


In the first instance, for people are going to the International Normal Birth Conference at Grange over Sands from June 17-19, I can arrange for copies to be couriered there. So if you are going and would like one or more copies, please email me by Monday June 10 with your name and the number of copies. I will be there and can hand the copies over in return for a donation towards the cost of the courier.


Hoping to hear from some of you


Alison Macfarlane
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London

1, Myddelton Street

London EC1R 1UW

Phone (0) (44) 207 040 5832

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