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“This book tells men exactly what to expect from childbirth...” Dr Charlie Teo, neurosurgeon, father of four

“Don’t step foot in the labour ward without reading this book.” 

Danny Green, world champion boxer and father of two

best childbirth book

About Cheers to Childbirth

For more than a decade, Aussie dads have prepared for fatherhood with this best-selling childbirth book. And pregnant women are reading it too. This here is the best childbirth book as recommended by midwives, obstetricians and expectant couples all over Australia. 

It tells it to you straight, without the fluff, all wrapped in down-to-earth birth stories from the trenches of birthing units and home birth pools all over the country.

This childbirth book is the must-have handbook for expectant dads.

Childbirth can be a daunting prospect for men who are usually overlooked when it comes to birth preparation. Yet, when it comes to the big day, they are expected to know exactly how to support their partner through what can be the most physically challenging and emotionally charged event in their whole lives. Birth is not a spectator sport and support partners have a profound impact on their partner’s birth experience. 

Buckle up, you’re going to love it..

This book tells you exactly what you need to know to make childbirth faster and easier for your partner. It’s also a very entertaining read - everyone should snort laugh in preparation for the birth of their baby. Edwina Sharrock, midwife and founder of Birth Beat

“This is the only childbirth book that guys need to read.” Mark Occhilupo, four-time world champion surfer and father of two

This how-to guide also includes the personal birth stories of some of Australia's favourite dads (and a same-sex couple mum) including

  • Osher Günsberg, TV personality
  • Steven Bradbury, Olympian
  • Danny Green, boxer
  • Andy Reid, Bondi Lifeguard
  • Mike Baird, former Premier NSW
  • Jeremy Fernandez, broadcaster
  • Steve Bastoni, actor
  • Charlie Clausen, actor
  • Cameron Bloom, photographer
  • Shane Jacobson, actor
  • Alejandro Chavez, social worker
  • Anna d'Ersu, opera fundraiser
  • Richard Field, safari guide
  • Brock Elbank, photographer
  • Rafael Ponte, ex-stripper
  • Greg Grainger, filmmaker
  • George Stathis, builder
  • Paul Treseder, Pilot
What's covered?

This book is not a text book kind of childbirth book – it is conversational in style yet gets right to the point and is peppered with real life stories.

Discover how to help your partner have a faster, easier birth. Learn what to say and what not to say during childbirth; understand how to adjust your support for each stage of labour; find out what to expect from a Caesarean birth, even if you’re not planning one because one might be planning you.

This childbirth book was written especially for dads-to-be (and other support people) to tell them exactly what they need to know to be involved in the birth of their baby in the best way possible. This how-to handbook also includes birth stories from those who’ve been there before and learned the hard way. And sometimes the funny way. Always the hands-on way.

  • The expectant father's job description
  • Call for reinforcements: other support
  • What to say and what not to say during childbirth
  • Understanding labour pain
  • Practical ideas for pain management
  • Supporting your partner through loss
  • How to be an advocate for your family
  • How to support a woman in prelabour
  • What do do during the first stage of labour
  • Transition - duck for cover
  • The big push and moment of birth
  • How to support your partner through the third stage of labour
  • After the birth: the first few hours
  • Supporting a woman through Caesarean birth
  • Life after birth
  • Breastfeeding for blokes


Lucy is the creator of Beer + Bubs, childbirth education for men run in pubs all over Australia. She’s a certified doula too. Lucy is the founder and former MD of a creative agency and the former founding director and CEO of an international aid organisation which funded obstetric hospitals and a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Lucy is an award-winning keynote speaker, writer, management consultant and mother of three. She is also the author of Get the Girls Out: a memoir of love, loss and letting loose.

Why would a woman be the author of a book for the lads? Only a woman can really explain how childbirth actually feels and as a professional doula or birth attendant, Lucy has supported many couples to give birth. Furthermore, she was married to a man for 20 years and this taught her that men are terrible mind readers. They prefer you tell it to them straight and that’s the only way she knows how. 

Cheers to Childbirth includes the expert opinion of midwife Edwina Sharrock, obstetrician Dr John Keogh and a number of top birth professionals including Professor of Midwifery Hannah Dahlen, Master of Nursing Denise Love and a foreword by retired obstetrician and fertility specialist Dr Ric Porter.


Publication date 1 April 2020
Soft cover, paper back
198mm x 129mm • 228 pages

ISBN 9780648700302

Published by Lucy Flamingo Bloom  • ABN 44 711 071 088

Copyright Lucy Bloom, all rights reserved • PO Box 734 Coogee NSW 2034