Sheila Kitzinger 1929-2015
98 CommentsSunday, 12 April 2015 | pinterandmartin
PRESS RELEASE Sunday 12th April 2015
PINTER & MARTIN PAY TRIBUTE TO SHEILA KITZINGER MBE
Sheila Kitzinger’s publisher, Pinter & Martin, due to publish her autobiography A Passion for Birth: My life: anthropology, family and feminism in May 2015, today paid tribute to the internationally renowned childbirth educator, anthropologist and feminist icon who died calmly at her home in Oxfordshire after a short illness on 11th April 2015.
Martin Wagner, managing director of independent publisher Pinter & Martin says:
‘Sheila Kitzinger was an extraordinary woman and tirelessly campaigned to make the world a better place for us all. She will be missed more than she could have ever imagined, but we can find comfort in the fact that she inspired countless others to continue her vital work.’
Author of over twenty-five bestselling books including The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger MBE MLitt is one of the most influential figures in the childbirth movement. In a pioneering career spanning more than 50 years she has campaigned for and overseen a radical change in maternity care, placing women’s rights and choices at the very heart of childbirth. Her research, knowledge and passion have had enormous impact on millions of women worldwide.
In her long-awaited autobiography, A Passion for Birth, finished just before her death and due for publication by Pinter & Martin on 7 May 2015, she speaks openly about her remarkable life and career.
Ina May Gaskin, midwife and author of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Spiritual Midwifery says:
‘It is impossible to measure the breadth and depth of Sheila Kitzinger’s influence on maternity care, not only in the UK, but in scores of countries all over the world. Anthropologist, author, actor, world traveler and advocate for multiple causes she masterfully combined these roles. Fortunately for us, she has written her autobiography with the same exuberance with which she has led her life.
Prof. Celia Kitzinger, Sheila’s oldest daughter, a social psychologist at the University of York says:
‘Sheila taught me, from an early age, that the personal was political – not just by what she said but by what she did. As I was growing up I learnt from her campaigns for freedom and choice in childbirth that passionate and committed individuals can create social change. She never hesitated to speak truth to power.
I am reminded, reading her autobiography, of the sheer range and breadth of the issues she has been involved in – from female genital mutilation to prisoners giving birth in handcuffs and human rights in midwifery in Eastern Europe. She is so much more than a “natural birth guru”!’
Sheila Kitzinger's website is at www.sheilakitzinger.com
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