The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

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by Sheila Kitzinger
     
 

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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,

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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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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375710476
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/30/2003
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

SHEILA KITZINGER is a social anthropologist, respected internationally as one of the foremost authorities in pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and grandmotherhood. She has written numerous books and lectured around the world on these subjects. She lives in England with her husband, with whom she has five daughters.

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The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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