• Beverley Beech

Am I Allowed - fourth edition now available!


I am delighted to announce the publication of the 4th edition of "Am I Allowed?"


It is now available from Amazon and you can find out more and grab your copy here. You can also ask your local bookstore to order it in for you.


The new edition is completely updated and revised and covers a woman’s birth journey from conception to the postnatal period and explains some of the issues surrounding normal birth and how women can give themselves the best chance of achieving it.


"Most women hope for and plan to have a normal birth, but in high income countries, the medicalisation of birth has greatly reduced the likelihood of a woman having a normal, straightforward, birth." (Beech 2021).




What's new?


The new edition also has an extended chapter on ultrasound, its risks and benefits.


Scans have been used in maternity care for over 60 years. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has consistently maintained that ultrasound is safe when used for clinical reasons. …. There have, however, been no human studies designed to check long-term safety, by which I mean at least 10 to 20 years hence, despite repeated requests to do so (Beech 2014).


Am I Allowed is essential reading for women, families, midwives, doulas, other health professionals, and anyone supporting pregnant or birthing women and families.

About the author

Beverley Beech is an author, freelance writer, researcher, campaigner, mother of two sons, with three grandchildren. She has campaigned to improve maternity care since the birth of her second son in 1976.


She was Honorary Chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services from 1977 to 2017. During that time she was lay adviser to the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford for six years; a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for seven years; and also a member of the Midwifery Committee of the NMC for five years.


In 2017, at the Women's Voices Conference at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Beverley was presented with an award for her 'Commitment to Improving Maternity Services and Complete Dedication to Women.'



Find out more about Am I Allowed and buy your copy here.