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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Fully rev. and updated ed edition (15 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752861379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752861371
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheila Kitzinger M.B.E, M.Litt was a social anthropologist of birth and author of 24 books published internationally, most on the emotional journey through this major life experience. At Oxford in the 50s she discovered that the social anthropology of that time was almost entirely about men. She decided she would do research to discover what was important in women's lives, and focused on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
Her five children were all born at home. She lectures widely in different countries and has learned from mothers and midwives in the USA and Canada, the Caribbean, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America, South Africa and Japan, and from women in prison and those who have had a traumatic birth experience.
Her books include The New Experience of Childbirth, Understanding Your Crying Baby, Politics of Birth, Birth Crisis, the updated classic The New Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges and Birth & Sex.
She died in April 2015. Her autobiography A Passion for Birth is published in May 2015.

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...invaluable pregnancy reading that will stave off any feelings of 'my body's not my own'... One of the few books of this genre to go into the oft-ignored aspect of the psychological impact of being pregnant. A sensitively written, warm and witty book. (PREGNANCY)

'Sheila Kitzinger's contribution to the childbirth genre stood out from the crowd... What sets it apart is the author's absorbing social and political perspective.' (THE LANCET)

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Everything the expectant mother needs to know about childbirth, from one of the foremost experts in the field.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Moore on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
A lack of information from my own Midwife meant I actually referred to this book throughout pregnancy as well as during labour.

It gave me the information I needed to manage the birth of my second child with confidence and minimal pain. The breathing method for managing pain was perfectly explained.

As a direct result I have actually experienced what the book talks about and presumably what eludes many of us and that is, childbirth as a joyful, wonderful process.

Thanks to my Mum (herself a mother of five) for recommending Sheila Kitzinger.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. M. on 8 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to any expectant mother. This book empowered me to experience both a positive mental and physical childbirth. It doesn't matter how you give birth but it matters how you experience it. It covers a woman's emotional experience of childbirth, which is often overlooked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mosscottage on 6 Dec. 2006
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I bought this book in the hope that it would "demystify" the childbirth process for me a little and it did, explaining in detail exactly what happens during contractions, crowning, etc.

The only problem for me is that it very much majors on home / natural birth. What do you do if you want a natural birth in a birthing centre but end up being induced? Not enough information on this side of childbirth for me, hence the four stars.

Beautifully written though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Wilson on 12 Jan. 2006
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I read this book when I was pregnant with my second child. It was an interesting, thought-provoking book and served as a useful reminder of some of the technicalities of how a baby is born. Very readable - this is not a manual.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Saffron Monsoon on 18 May 2007
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I tell everyone about this book. Both my husband and I read it during my pregnancy and found it extremely reassuring. During the labour, I realised that the book had given me a huge amount of confidence and my birth experience was much easier as a result of this.
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