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Reassuring, informative, and uniquely inspiring, The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth is the indispensable encyclopedic reference for expectant mothers from the moment of conception to the moment of delivery and beyond. With extraordinary photographs of labor and delivery, authoritative advice on natural childbirth, and an up-to-the-minute directory of useful organizations and resources, this fourth edition of the best-selling classic addresses the issues of greatest ...
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Overview

Reassuring, informative, and uniquely inspiring, The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth is the indispensable encyclopedic reference for expectant mothers from the moment of conception to the moment of delivery and beyond. With extraordinary photographs of labor and delivery, authoritative advice on natural childbirth, and an up-to-the-minute directory of useful organizations and resources, this fourth edition of the best-selling classic addresses the issues of greatest concern to today's parents.

Extensively revised to reflect the latest in scientific research and cultural trends, this authoritative guide to pregnancy and childbirth provides all the information women need to make decisions about prenatal tests, pain control, and how and where to give birth.

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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: 9780375710476
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.85 (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 February 28, 2005

    What to Expect for the Thinking Woman

    Wonderful book!! Not for women who allow their doctor to dictate their pregnancies and make pregnancy, childbirth and new baby care decisions for them and or who submit to 'everyone else does it'. This book is aimed to give 'crunchy' moms a comprehensive source of information for natural pregnancy, birth, and newborn parenting! Gives lots of great information on every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and new baby care to expectant moms who do not believe in submitting their child to 'hospital procedures' or 'medical protocols'. As a doula and aspiring midwife, and now as a pregnant mom myself, I LOVE this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    Wish I had looked at it more before I bought it

    I was looking for a prenancy book that would explain many different approaches to childbirth, but not to the exclusion of medical intervention. It seemed to me this book was mililtant, natural, no drug pregnancy, geared to the exclusion off all else and came off as jugemental to those who do not go along with this approach. I then decided to toss it after reading the paragraph on circumscision and how it is cruel, unneccessary and can KILL - yes - KILL your baby boy and should never be done. Seems to me no one I know has lost a child to circumscision and I dont care for anyone trying to scare people into their views. I dont trust at all what I have read in this book. If a completely natural, at home, drug free, in a pool birth is all that you want or will settle for, this book may be for you, otherwise, skip the guilt trip and dont bother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    lets be real

    Having a child is one of the most important decision in your life.. This book is reality, there is alot to know about having a child. I used this book threw all three of my children and I loved it. It gave me information weekly, monthly and more.

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