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.