Internationally renowned childbirth educator, anthropologist and feminist icon Sheila Kitzinger (1929–2015) was one of the most influential figures in the natural childbirth movement.
In a pioneering career spanning more than 50 years she campaigned for and oversaw a radical change in maternity care, placing women’s rights and choices at the very heart of childbirth. Her passion, research and knowledge of childbirth have had enormous impact on millions of women worldwide.
In her long-awaited autobiography finished shortly before her death in April 2015, Sheila speaks openly about her remarkable life and career. From childhood growing up with a feminist mother and her student days in Oxford, to her global anthropological and activist work and family life with husband Uwe and their five daughters, this is a fascinating insight into an extraordinary woman.
"It's impossible to measure the breadth and depth of Sheila Kitzinger's influence on maternity care, not just in the UK, but in scores of countries all over the world. Anthropologist, author, actor, mother, world traveller, and advocate for multiple causes, she has masterfully combined these roles. Fortunately for us, she has written her autobiography with the same exuberance with which she has led her life."
Ina May Gaskin