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Rediscovering Birth

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For thousands of years women have given birth among people they know in a place they know well. Knowledge is shared between the participants and birth is a social event. In this new, revised edition of her classic book, Sheila Kitzinger explores the universal experience of pregnancy and birth. She looks closely at the place of birth, what is done to help women in childbirth and examines the bond traditionally formed between mothers and midwives.

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Overview

For thousands of years women have given birth among people they know in a place they know well. Knowledge is shared between the participants and birth is a social event. In this new, revised edition of her classic book, Sheila Kitzinger explores the universal experience of pregnancy and birth. She looks closely at the place of birth, what is done to help women in childbirth and examines the bond traditionally formed between mothers and midwives.

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This is a work of social anthropology with political intentions. Kitzinger, a well-known birth educator and activist and author of the classic Pregnancy and Childbirth, wants to open women's eyes to the meanings of childbirth that have been lost through the adoption of the technocratic model of birth now prevalent in Europe and the United States. To this end, she uses observations from decades of original fieldwork, as well as research from the literature, to examine childbirth practices and beliefs in many cultures. We have moved away from the social model of traditional cultures, Kitzinger tells us, in which childbirth is a normal life process controlled by the woman and her community, and have allowed birth to become a medical event associated with pathology and controlled by specialists. The political task at hand is to take back control from the technocracy and put it into the hands of women so that the best elements of both models may be available. Kitzinger has written a fascinating and emotionally and imagistically beautiful work of great usefulness. Potential mothers, students of traditional birth practices, and those interested in the medical, cultural, and political issues surrounding birth will welcome it.--Noemie Maxwell, Seattle Midwifery Sch. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905177387
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
  • Publication date: 7/16/2011
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 877,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword VII

Introduction: Searching Questions about Birth 1

1 A Small Miracle 8

2 The Journey to Birth 33

3 Birth and Spirit 65

4 The God-Sibs: Woman-to-Woman Help 95

5 Midwives 132

6 The Birth Dance 185

7 Birth and Touch 216

8 Sanctuary and Renewal 243

9 Can We Learn Anything from Other Cultures? 270

References 280

Index 297

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