on 15 January 2010
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.
on 6 December 2006
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.
on 9 May 2011
I am very happy I purchased this book. It iS filled with very motivational and inspirational information about birth and a how a woman can have a positive and uplifting birth experience. I am a great fan of Sheila Kitzinger's work and this book didn't disappoint. After reading this book I felt very positive and less fearful about the process of birth and am actually looking forward to putting some of ther active birth tips into practice! Thank you to Sheila for once again reminding women that we can achieve a natural birth and birth doesn't have to be so medicalised, controlled and taken over by health professionals. After a previous c-section I am hoping for a natural delivery this time and it's books like these which empower women to trust their bodies and believe in themselves.