Megan Davidson

Author of
  • Your Birth Plan
    Rowman & Littlefield, pub. fall 2019

Megan Davidson, PhD is one of the most experienced doulas in the country, having supported nearly 600 families in birth and over 1200 families postpartum. She is certified as a labor doula, a childbirth educator, and as a chest/breastfeeding counselor, and she is the mother of two.

Megan is also the author of Experts in Birth: How Doulas Improve Outcomes for Birthing Women and Their Babies (in Doulas and Intimate Labour: Boundaries, Bodies and Birth) and the co-author, with Sarah Lewin, of: Eating for Two: The Threat and Fear of Fatness in Pregnancy (in Heavy Burdens: Stories of Motherhood and Fatness) and Dangerous Bodies: Imagining, Monitoring, & Managing Fatness During Pregnancy (in Bearing the Weight of the World: Exploring Maternal Embodiment). She won the Sylvia Rivera Award for her popular essay “Seeking Refuge Under the Umbrella: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Organizing within the Category Transgender”.

Megan lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.

Books by Megan

Your Birth Plan

A Guide to Navigating All Your Choices in Childbirth

A new, inspiring, inclusive and much needed guide to help everyone plan for birth. Narrated in the grounded, thoughtful, non-judgmental voice of an experienced childbirth expert, Your Birth Plan: A Guide to Navigating All Your Choices in Childbirth, offers unbiased information about all birthing options– from having an epidural, to an unmedicated birth, to an elective Cesarean birth, at home or in a hospital or birthing center, in an urban environment–combined with the message that it is possible to have a positive birth experience with any one of these choices.

Your Birth Plan is built around the three C’s of a positive birth experience: control over the things you can control, recognizing when you have choices to make and knowing enough to make choices that work for you, and remembering that you have rights and always get to consent to (or refuse) treatments. Practical advice in each section, from choosing a birth location to building a birth team and planning for birth is woven with intimate voices of real, diverse parents, who share their stories of giving birth. Your Birth Plan is a critically needed resource for pregnant people looking to have an empowering experience of childbirth: a birth where they are able to make informed choices about their care, feel knowledgeable and able to give consent, and maintain a sense of control while being treated with kindness and respect, even when plans need to change.

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