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Rediscovering Birth
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Rediscovering Birth


Bestselling author Sheila Kitzinger, the world's foremost birth educator and activist, explores the universal experience of pregnancy and childbirth in this splendid new book, beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photographs. With an intimate, informative style that both enlightens and engages her readers, Kitzinger looks closely at feeling and emotions in pregnancy, the physical and spiritual experience of giving birth, and the bonds that are traditionally formed between mothers and midwives. She chronicles ideas and mythologies about birth, as well as pregnancy traditions, from a magnificent array of cultures past and present -- and, with breathtaking perception and insight, explores how can we learn from them. And she focuses on the need today for vital and human connections in the birthing process, when medical procedures can overshadow the fundamental humanity of giving birth. In Rediscovering Birth, Sheila Kitzinger enables women and their partners to make informed choices about how they want to live through their own unique experiences of birth and parenthood.

Title:Rediscovering Birth
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages
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    Rediscovering Birth Reviews

  • Theresa
    Dec 22, 2010

    I was grooving on this book. ...

  • Alicia
    Feb 09, 2017

    flash read through this book just due to repetitiveness of info i already had read about in other kitzinger books - but this book has some amazing cultural info!!! fascinating how other cultures do bi...

  • Amie
    Aug 11, 2007

    An excellent account of birth through the ages and across all different cultures. The photography is stunning. I found this refreshing after Tina Cassidy's "Birth" which I did not enjoy nearly as much...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 25, 2014

    A splendid book, perhaps predictably, which very much reflects Sheila Kitzinger's approach to childbirth and her compassion. Lots of images to make her points and a delicate sprinkling of personal ane...

  • Audrey Buchanan
    Jan 29, 2009

    Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk about pregnancy and birth. This is one of my favorite books ever and I've reread it during each pregnancy. The photography alone is stunning. It talks about pr...

  • Madeline Stone
    Nov 23, 2014

    Excellent. One sided, I believe Kitzinger references the downsides of traditional birth exactly twice, but her one-sidedness is convincing. The book is well done, thorough, extremely informative. The ...

  • Whitney
    May 28, 2016

    I don't quite know what I think about this book. it was a really interesting look into traditional birthing practices from many different cultures, but it felt a little disjointed and referenced "rese...

  • Leahjoypro
    Dec 19, 2011

    This book wasn't what I expected, but was very interesting. Lots of interesting information about the traditional natural "treatments" used around the world to help with pain and discomfort before, du...

  • Jenne
    Mar 25, 2013

    My favorite book on the history of birth hands down. Written from the lens of anthropology, the history of birth is traced from pre history to modern day. The result is to mourn the traditional wise w...

  • Laura
    Mar 25, 2009

    It was an interesting read. It expanded my view of birth beyond my Western experience....