A Passion for Birth: My Life: Anthropology, Family and Feminism

A Passion for Birth: My Life: Anthropology, Family and Feminism
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ISBN:  978-1-78066-170-4
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Author: Sheila Kitzinger
Published: 7 May 2015

Binding: hardback
Format: 240 x 160 mm
Pages: 384
Illustrations: colour and b/w photographs
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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

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Unmissable- ready to re-read it already!
Friday, 14 August 2015  | 

I have been a fan of Sheila Kitzinger for many years and have appreciated her clarity, wisdom and boldness. This autobiography was so charming, and thought-provoking and gave insights into her life, family, work and perspective on birth. It's sad that she passed away, but the book is a huge comfort and inspiration.

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A wonderful account of a life lived in the centre of a revolution
Wednesday, 29 July 2015  | 

This is a beautiful book, and a must-read for anyone interested in birth or feminism. Sheila's activism has changed the way we treat women going through this fundamental rite of passage. In this book she tells the story from the inside, holds no punches, and minces no words. She is an inspiration to us all.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015  | 

A wonderful book, in which you can hear Sheila's voice so clearly. A rich combination of the personal and the political.
Excellent service from Pinter and Martin.

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A Passion for Birth
Monday, 18 May 2015  | 

I have only read three quarters of it and might want to write again when I have finished it. It is wonderfully written in Sheila's authentic warm voice. She has a sharp sense of humour, and the anecdotes she relates are telling, so it's easy to laugh, but with an angry edge because there is so much wrong with the way mothers are left to give birth. Sheila's absolute determination to change that comes over clearly. It is hard to remember that she has died when her writing voice is so strong, alive and inspiring. I'm very grateful to her for her characteristic gesture in wanting us to keep her spirit alive though she had to die. Organised and capable as ever, she has accomplished this through A Passion for Birth..

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