Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, The: New Edition

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This new edition of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth has been extensively revised to reflect scientific advances and cultural trends. Here, candidly and reasonably presented, is all the information expectant parents need to make their own decisions about everything—from which tests to allow to how to handle pain to where to give birth. 300 photos, drawings & diagrams.

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Overview

This new edition of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth has been extensively revised to reflect scientific advances and cultural trends. Here, candidly and reasonably presented, is all the information expectant parents need to make their own decisions about everything—from which tests to allow to how to handle pain to where to give birth. 300 photos, drawings & diagrams.

"...extensively revised to reflect recent scientific advances and cultural trends, this indispensable guide provides the information you need to make your own decisions about everything concerning your pregnancy."

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One of the most celebrated British authors on the sociological and anthropological aspects of birth, breast feeding, and early parenthood, Kitzinger has completely revised her classic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (LJ 3/1/81) to guide readers seeking a woman-centered birth experience through the newly researched alternatives now available. Organizing her book into five major sections (Early Weeks, Physical and Emotional Changes, Anticipating the Birth, the Experience of Birth, and You and Your Newborn), Kitzinger provides candid information about what mothers need to know, ranging from ways to navigate the technical landscape of hospital births to making the personal choices of a water home birth. Her "empowerment language" no longer assumes there is a marriage, replacing references to "a man" with "birthing partner." Discussing "birth rooms" rather than delivery rooms, she encourages readers to construct a birth plan, make their own space, and choose an effective birth companion. Other changes make the text more logical and accessible. The "Pregnancy Week by Week" section has been moved from the appendix to the introduction, and section dividers include tables of contents with page numbers. With revised appendixes and 300 updated photographs, drawings, and diagrams, this guide is a valuable resource for all health collections.-Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Wright State Univ. Libs., Dayton, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679450283
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pregnancy week by week
Pregnancy: The Early Weeks
Pregnancy: Physical and Emotional Changes
Pregnancy: Anticipating the Birth
The Experience of Birth
You and Your Newborn
Photographic Sequences
Useful reading
Useful addresses
App. 1 Maternity benefits
App. 2 Research references
Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    Great perspective!

    Sheila Kitzinger is a true expert on childbirth. Like all of her books, this one is full of useful information & is written from the heart. The photos are great too! If you only buy one childbirth book, this would be a great choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    It's GGGGreat

    This book is the best and I've bought a few. See when my husband and I decided to have a child, I wanted to read everything. This book summed everything up for me. You won't regret buying it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    OUTSTANDING

    I READ THIS BOOK WITH TWO OF MY THREE PREGNANCIES. IT WAS AWESOME. THE PICTURES WERE GREAT (ALITTLE GRAPHIC AT TIMES)AND TRUE. IT WAS LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN DICTIONARY ON PREGNANCY. I HAVE REFERRED IT TO ALL MY FRIENDS. KEEP WRITING, YOU ARE DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB HELPING MOTHER'S TO BE. I DIDN'T HAVE TO READ ANY OTHER BOOK IT WAS SOOOO INFORMATIVE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    This book is wonderful!!

    Shelia Kitzinger covers issues that face all pregnant women. The book informs us of routine hospital procedures and their uses as well as the effects they have on us and our babies. It also discuses labor and explains the sensations we will experience durring labor. These are just two of the many wonderful aspects of this book. This book is a must for any mom to be weather she is planning a home or hospital birth.

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