How you were born – Book Review

We recently received a copy of, ‘How you were born,’ by Monica Calaf and Mikel Fuentes to review.  The blurb says;

A clear, gently and loving description of the process of birth, with charming illustrations-perfect for satisfying a child’s curiosity about how babies are born.

I liked the illustrations on this book, as I thought that they were quite unique.  With regards to explaining how babies are born, I thought that this book dealt with the subject matter in a gentle way that small children can understand.  For us, this story was the catalyst for a discussion on the matter.  In, ‘How you were born,’ it describes a straight forward home birth but it mentions packing for the hospital, just in case.  Both my children were born in hospital so we talked about how this story differed from our experiences of it.

'How you were born,' cover
‘How you were born,’ cover

The story is told with Dad present at the birth, with a midwife there also.  It includes the Dad well within the story.  With the birth of my daughter, her Grandma was there instead, as her Dad had left us a couple of weeks before her birth, so I had to discuss the differences between the book and our experiences.  I must say that I found this quite difficult but only due to our circumstances.  I do think that this story was a great way to start these kinds of conversations with my children though.

Dad is involved in the story too
Dad is involved in the story too

Overall, I think that this story would be great for a family who have experienced a straight forward home birth and I think that it is fantastic that the father has been included so much in the story.  For families that have had a different birthing experience, I think that this book is a wonderful catalyst for discussions on how the experiences in the book differ from more personal stories of individual births.  After all, not every birth story is the same.

This book is the last in a series of 4 books, including, ‘Your Daddy and Me’, ‘When you were in my Tummy.’ and, ‘You me and the Breast’.  You can buy, ‘How you were born,’ as well as the other titles in the series, directly from the publisher for £6.99.  However, as readers of my blog, you can get a £2 discount and free postage and packaging, by using the code: HYWBBLOG200 from the publisher.

If you would like to have a chance to win a copy of, ‘How you were born,’ please complete the rafflecopter below.  This is a UK only competition.

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of, ‘How you were born,’ by Monica Calaf and Mikel Fuentes in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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  • Twinsplustwo

    That’s a beautiful book – and original too.I agree with you about considerations for those with a less than perfect birth although given the age range it’s directed at that’s not so appropriate for discussion.

    • dillydrops

      I would agree, although it depends on the particular problems encountered I think. The discussion with my two year old was different to the discussion I had with my seven year old.

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Great idea to introduce talking about birth etc. Mine was not straight forward unfortunately x

    • dillydrops

      My first one wasn’t either but I discussed with my son but not going into too much detail some problems we encountered. I think for parents that find it difficult to discuss this subject, that this is a great book where you can lead on to further discussions on it.

  • Rachel Cooper

    We reviewed this, and like you thought it was a good catalyst catalyst for discussion but was disappointe d by the fact home birth wasn’t mentioned in blurb etc. If I’d bought it, and then realised I would have been cross. Thought the illustrations were gorgeous though.

    • dillydrops

      I know what you mean. It is quite surprising that there is not a hospital birth version of the book. Maybe they will write another one? I liked the illustrations too. Especially the little bird with the clock on. Lovely.

  • I guess they are great visual ways to introduce these topics. I’d be interested in the breast one because I can talk to my son about his experience because he remembers it (he stopped at aged 4)

  • aw what a fabulous book, would be lovely for lil ones who are learning x

  • Great book, I also love Mummy laid an egg

  • Muslim Mummy

    I guess it is a good introduction about how you come into the world, the illustrations look lovely

  • Sounds and looks like a very sweet book x

  • \Lovely illustrated book . I didn’t have straight forward births. My son’s school did a social story to help the others prepare for the new baby x

  • I love the look of the illustrations in this book! My little boy is almost 5 and I have just given birth to his little sister 2 weeks ago and he has started asked how she got out and what happens when you have a baby etc so I may have to look at purchasing this book for him to read with me! Thanks for the great review (and discount code) x


  • I love the look of the pictures in this book! My little boy has recently started asking about how babies are born after I had his little sister 2 weeks ago so I may have to look into purchasing this book as a starter into discussing it. Thanks for the great review and discount code! x


  • The illisutrations look beautiful! No home births for me though, wasnt allowed for medical reasons, so need a hospital equivelant!

  • This comp couldn’t come at a better time for us. I hope we win!

  • It looks like a beautiful book, ideal for introducing the topic to small children. Mine were older when I had my youngest so we watched birth programmes but this book would be great for younger children.

  • Kara

    Looks like a fab book

  • Agata Pokutycka

    It looks like a beautiful book.
    It would be a pleasure to own it

  • Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth

    An interesting way to introduce such a difficult concept to little ones.

  • Anything that helps children understand something like this better is a good thing x

  • Helen

    This sounds like a great book to read with my daughter and have a conversation about her birth too.

  • Kate Fever

    This is such a beautiful book. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested