Sheila Kitzinger 1929-2015

98 CommentsSunday, 12 April 2015  |  pinterandmartin

PRESS RELEASE Sunday 12th April 2015


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

For further information please contact Emily Furniss PR
020 8386 2915 / 07922 661783

Hazel Larkin
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  15:05

I am so, so saddened to learn of Sheila's passing. She was a beacon to all of us and a kind and gentle soul.

May she rest in peace.

Pam Clay
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  22:56

Her activism changed my world ...thank you, Sheila.

Eirwen Mitchell
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  15:34

You truly inspired me in my midwifery career , more importantly You gave women faith in their own Selves . thank You and Blessings on Your Journey Eirwen

Dr Jayne Marshall
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  15:41

Very sad to hear this news. As a student midwife in the 1980s in London her work was fundamental to our studies in promoting woman centred midwifery care. How privileged I was to meet her in my early career. My sympathy goes to her family and friends.

Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  15:44

sheila changed my life - opened doors for me that I didn't even know we're there - my deepest condolences to all who loved her and especially to those loved by her

Mary Zwart
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:10

it was always a very inspiring moment when we were together.
I will honnor your legacy

Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:17

So very sad, I've been a huge fan for many years, she was such a prolific researcher and writer; my condolences to her family. RIP Sheila

Laura Wood
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:18

Genuinely saddened to learn this news. One of the great figures of this (and the last) century and a deeply kind soul.

Alexandra Goss
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:20

What a life! My husband read the 'Experience of Childbirth', in the early 70s, following hearing women co-workers describe their poles-apart accounts of giving birth. - before I met him. I have Shelia to thank for his positive view of birth. In the face of ludicrous practices in the local hospital and hostility from GPs, he suggested having our first baby at home - I doubt I would have thought of it. I think I would have suffered serious mental harm, had I been obliged to surrender to the hospital maternity services of the time. We had 3 more and I trained to be a midwife - still working. Thank you Shelia, for your influence on us and all humankind.

Helena Wood
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:21

Sheila inspired my work as a midwife and later as a health visitor, trying to improve women's lives. Her legend will live on. Deepest sympathies to her family

Hana Pauls
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:25

She was a huge inspiration to me in my student midwife days. My bookshelves were adorned with her books. Thank her for her insightful work and beautiful tales of women and their families from all around the globe. xxx

Nikki Lee
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:33

When my consciousness rose in the 70s to realize what mothers and babies really needed to do well together, Ms Kitzinger was the best guide!!! We've been blessed by her articulate, outspoken and well-informed presence!

Annabelle Wooldridge
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:34

So sad to hear of this. I am so happy to have met her at the Parenting conference in Cambridge. Yes, what a difference she has made and what a legacy to leave. Thank you. Prayers and thoughts with her family x

Heather Hey
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:42

So saddened by this news, may she rest in peace. She made a bigger difference in this world than most can dream. My mother taught us about birth by reading "Being Born" with us and I read "Ourselves as Mothers" while nursing my firstborn, it has given me an entirely new perspective on motherhood. Thank you Sheila.

Sharon Trotter
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  16:48

One of a few true icons withing the parenting and midwifery world - she will be greatly missed but her legacy will live on...

Natalie Earwicker
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:01

A truly remarkable woman, she will live on in her legacy to millions of women everywhere. Empowered women to be the mothers they wanted to be , and was who I turned to for inspiration in my long career with women and children. Rest in peace you beautiful woman

Wendy Hinds
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:06

Really sorry to hear of the loss of Sheila Kitzinger. I know I'll be one of many who feels very grateful for her contribution to our understanding of birth and of mothers. Condolences to her family.

Lynnea Shrief
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:12

Your efforts and enthusiasm for positive change and trust in the human race to make the right changes has inspired so many people in every corner of this Earth. You're up there with Mother Theresa and Joan of Arc. Thank you for being you and always believing we can do better for ourselves.

Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:25

Sheila inspired me to become an antenatal teacher and to begin my career as a charity manager. Bless you Sheila.

Penny Cross
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:43

Her books were my bibles when I was a student midwife. She helped me help women see the how wonderful natural childbirth is with her wisdom and insight into women and their bodies.

Melody Fisher
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:46

with deepest thanks for blazing the trail and making the path easier for so many of us who followed the way!!

Anne Sourbutts
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:46

A force for mothers, a role model for my career, a life well-lived
Anne RM, Midwife teacher

Amanda Daniells
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  17:56

A true legend. Sheila will continue to live through all those she continues to inspire. Rest comfortably Sheila. Love to her family and friends. Xxx

Gosia Borecka
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  18:11

She was my guide, my mentor, my Woman. She had big impact on my motherhood and taught me everything I give to new families as a doula. Will miss her much :(

Hana Kovac
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  18:12

This is very, very sad. She was my inspiration and guru while preparing for the homebirth of my 3rd child. May she rest in peace.

Sally Marchant
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  18:23

It was a great privilege to have known and worked with her. An inspirational woman who worked tirelessly to improve care for women and their families. My condolences to her family

Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  18:49

Thanks to Sheila I saw how I could approach the birth of my first child with knowledge and a birth plan - I wasn't a midwife and had a fear of giving birth. My poor experience in childbirth choices affected me until I met my wonderful community midwife who advised me to re read Sheila's book on childbirth - my decision was made I decided to be a midwife and make a difference for other women . So Sheila I thankyou for your books , anthropology , writings , belief in the female body and for leading me to a job I love - your legacy will live on ❤️

Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  18:52

I am gratefuk to Sheila for setting up the Birth Crisis network. It allowed me to debrief my first traumatic birth with my wonderful independent midwife, and go one to have 3 home births after a first casarean. Thanks you Sheila.

Becky Littlewood
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:00

I had an epipheny when pregnant with my first baby after reading one of Sheila's books. She helped me understand that my birth choice was not just about me but about my baby too. A wonderful woman, with a wonderful legacy. Condolences to her family.

Karen Lawrence
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:09

Sheila's writing was a great inspiration to me personally - in birthing my own children, in discovering the great joy of breastfeeding, and in training to become a midwife myself. Her legacy for women and families worldwide is inestimable.

Kathryn Kelly
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:09

I've been thinking about Sheila a lot recently, while writing about feminism and birth. An important woman, and a sad loss.

Laura Abbott
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:11

A champion for women 's human rights, an inspiration and a role model. A voice for birthing prisoners whose campaigning meant the end of handcuffs in labour. A true advocate for normality. An absolute legend... Rest in Peace Sheila..

Justine Railton
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:15

So thankful to Sheila. She inspired me to have 4 natural homebirths, to begin training as a midwife, later in my work as a Doula and as a breastfeeding counsellor - Sheila's work and attitude taught me to believe in myself and the power of women's bodies and in the right to make our own choices.

Joyce Thomas, CPM
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:24

At a time in the US when midwives were being hunted and prosecuted by a medical industry gone mad, I read Sheila's wonderful books and dreamed of a better day for mothers and babies in California. Rest in peace, Mother to us all!

Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:29

Thank you for doing this Pinter and Martin.
I was so fortunate to speak with Sheila when I rang the I rang the birth trauma line. Was so empathic and clear ....validating and truth speaking,making it aafe to consider ways forward. And all from a relatively short phone call. I've been helped by her books too it it war this personal contact that will particularly remain with me . Bless you dor your personal loss....however public a person is..ultimately they are a treasured family member,intimately known. But I want you to know how her loss is publicly mourned too but with an intimacy that every woman who has experienced birth feels. She will be missed . Xxx

Maryanne Bray
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:45

Such sad news today. She was one inspirational woman and I will never forget hearing her speak at the RCM conference. My thoughts are with her family at this sad time x

Claudine Martin
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  19:49

I met Sheila in 1998 when she came to NY to speak to CEA - childbirth educators and midwives. She had inspired me already before the birth of my first child, recommended the wonderful homebirth midwife we had here in England and in many ways guided and mentored me from afar. She will be missed. Is there going to be a memorial service for her that can be attended by antenatal teachers, midwives and other like-minded individuals? Thank you!

Karen Clark
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  20:12

Dear Sheila, you have been my mentor, inspiration and guide for the past 30 years... I am a childbirth educator and maternity nurse because of your wonderful example, and had the pleasure to meet you at a conference here in Canada 25 years ago. Thank you for everything! I still treasure (and use!) your "Complete Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth". My condolences to your family...

Linda Worzer
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  20:27

What an amazing woman who led generations of women, mothers and families. Her influence will be missed; her legacy will live on. My most heartfelt condolences to her family.

Sally Beggs
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  20:33

Thank you for giving me the confidence to give birth the way I wanted to and knew I could. Bless you.

Susan Mocsny Thomas
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:09

wull miss Sheila Kitzinger's intelligence and common sense. An all too uncommon combination! Prayers and best wishes to her family and friends.

Carolina Bone
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:13

I read Sheila's "The New Experience of Childbirth" when I was pregnant with my first baby. The book seemed to pull out a passion in me that I didn't even realise I had, and nine years later I am now (at last) a student midwife! I was very lucky to meet Sheila at MAMA two years ago; what a presence! She made the whole room roar with laughter. She will be so, so missed, but certainly she will never be forgotten.

Debra Woods
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:13

I am so saddened to hear this news. She was such a tremendous inspiration for me and so many others. Her work will continue to live on through my practice as a childbirth educator and doula.
My condolences to her family.

Nigel Roche
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:16

Back in 1978, when we were expecting our first child, I listened to my wife's accounts of uncaring ante-natal care at the local hospital. We had both read one of Sheila Kitzinger's books, and we were empowered to seek a better alternative through the east London Birth Centre, using radical midwives for a home birth. Despite the opposition of our then GP (since ditched) , we arranged for and had successful home births for all three of our children. Thank you Sheila for showing that it was possible.

Ruth Weston
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:20

thankyou Sheila for the wisdom, learning and courage you shared with us, dispensed always with love and sensitivity. We will miss you.

Michelle Ruse
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:23

An absolutely amazing woman who did so much for women's rights globally. RIP Sheila

Pamela Watson
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:43

RIP sweet lady.

Rachel Pollock
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:47

Vale Sheila Kitzinger. Thank you for informing me better than any Grandmother, Mother, Aunt, or any woman I have actually ever known, of what I was capable of. Your research and critique, along with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work, made my daughter's birth the joy it was. Few doctors, nurses and midwives know birth, or women, like this woman did. My eternal love and thanks go to her, and my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

Claire Morris
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  21:54

Very sad news. Sheila will be remembered by many as inspirational. My love and thoughts to her family.

Patricia Kermath
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  22:00

Such a wonderful inspiration to women the world over! I am proud to say that I saw her speak and have never forgotten her joyful presence!!! Sincere condolences to her family.

Adith Stoneman
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  22:04

Sheile is one of many pioneers that have made such a difference for women today. But the struggle is not over, we need to ensure that we carry on the fight and we all have a role to play in this

Aileen Patton
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  22:19

In 1981 I got my first copy of Pregnancy and Childbirth, when I commenced my nursing training, intending to go on to become a midwife. I remember failing my obstetric paper because I answered my questions like I saw and sitting in front of the head of nursing with Shiela's book telling her the hospital was barbaric and this is how it should be!! She was the first to inspire me and I have remained grateful to her ever since. I am proud to say Sheila Kitzinger shaped the midwife I am today. My sincere and loving condolences to you at this time. X

Sarah Davies
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  22:47

Sheila's books were hugely influential to me as I trained to become a midwife. I qualified in 1982, and some years later, her ideas helped me have joyful home births of my own children. Have lent out her books to students many times. To see her speak at conferences was always a delight & an inspiration; her demonstrations of the 'stranded beetle' position hilarious . And her powerful acting out the sounds of a woman in labour! Sheila I thank you and honour you, and send my deepest condolences to your family and friends.

Susan Dinatale
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  22:50

you were my first hero of Midwifery. The world was left a better place for you being in it!

Ashley Gill
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  23:33

A personal hero. She truly changed the world.

Gillian Bigwood
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  23:43

This lady was an inspiration to me during the 80's in my childbearing years. I read many of her articles which left their mark on me profoundly. I later went on to become a midwife. Many thanks Shiela.

Jesusa Ricoy
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  23:51

I own so much to Sheila...The way I birth my children, the fact that I became an antenatal teacher... becoming an activist, volunteering for Birth Crisis, creating a copy of Birth Crisis in Spain...I thank her deeply for her generosity, her contribution to this world and personally for being such an inspiration not only on motherhood but most importantly on womanhood!

Sam Sheppard
Sunday, 12 April 2015  |  23:57

what a truly wonderful woman .. Her love and life lives on in so many people blessed to have known her work.
Inspirational, motivational, passionate and enlightening.
She will be sorely missed and forever remembered 💛

Sue Bishop
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  0:13

I can't express my gratitude for Sheila's compassionate work for every woman. An amazing life well lived!

Maria Hemara
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  0:25

R.I.P sheila .. thank you for all the work you have done for all woman around the world .. xoxox..

Pinky McKay
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  0:25

What a wonderful legacy left by Sheila for birthing women, mothers and babies all over the world. You have been a dynamic mentor, teacher, role model and advocate for so many. Your passion, influence and work live on in so many of us who work with women and the women we work with. A few years ago I was in a bookshop, browsing. A pregnant woman was looking through parenting and birth books, obviously confused. I gently said, “excuse me, would you like some help?” I then took Sheila’s Pregnancy and Childbirth book from the shelf and told the woman, “this is the book you need. It will make you feel strong about birthing your baby .” I wish Sheila could have seen that woman’s face light up as she flicked through the book and we talked about birth with joy, rather than fear.
Rest in peace, Sheila Kitzinger and know the world is a better place because of you.
Pinky McKay IBCLC, Melbourne, Australia.

Monday, 13 April 2015  |  0:27

sheila's guidance transformed me from terrified girl facing birth in a foreigh hospital without language into a powerfu oan birthing a home, surrounded by love. Priceless. The debt I and my babies owe her is incalculable.

Janice Fulton
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  0:44

Reading Sheila in the 1980s was what inspired me to become a midwife. RIP to an amazing woman.

Bonnie B. Matheson
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  0:55

Sheila was one of the few pioneers that gave women confidence in their own bodies. She did more good than she will ever know and I am grateful to have met her once when visiting G. B. She will be remembered with awe and with love.

Maureen O'reilly
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  5:48

Sheila is a woman who has left the world a far richer place for the work she has done during her life time.
I feel privileged to have met her at a conference in New Zealand in 1990.
The good she has done for birthing women is immeasurable.
RIP Sheila.

Janice Clarfield
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  6:06

Sheila was great mentor that I never met. May she rest in holy peace.

Sue Richards
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  9:50

I knew Sheila in 1975when she helped me with my daughter. I was a midwife then and she continued to inspire my breastfeeding career path over the next 40 years. I am retired now but still working with BF mums. Thank you Sheila. R.I.P

Susan Last
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  9:59

The Experience of Childbirth was the first book I ever read about birth - because it was on my parents' bookshelves when I was growing up. So perhaps Sheila was responsible for some of my most deep-seated perceptions of birth - for which I'm thankful as I had three wonderful home births. Sad to hear the news of her passing and reflecting today on the amazing influence one woman can have. RIP.

Sue Edwards
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  10:01

Sheila has been so very influential in my practice as a Midwife .For me as a Woman and a Mother
Thank you Sheila .your work lives on in others x

Robyn Dwyer
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  10:17

Sheila and Ina May have been major positive influences on my birthing, parenting and professional life. Thank you! Your work will live on!

Monday, 13 April 2015  |  11:53

Because of Sheila I had 3 natural births breast fed and also a feminist working with elderly and kids did social work sociology and read her books she was a fantastic fabulous woman an inspiration glad she had just a short illness quite a good innings God bless her and her family yes I do know her daughterx

Lisa Brown
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  12:02

Sheila Kitzinger gave me the confidence to plan a natural birth for both my children and I had the full support of a well-informed GP. One child was born on a GP ward, the other at home, both totally drug-free, without a doctor in sight. I would have found medicalised childbirth traumatic. Thank you Sheila Kitzinger.

Karyl Cargill
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  13:20

In 1984 I had dinner with Sheila Kitzinger in Boston invited by an OB friend who was hosting. After dinner I was honored to be asked if she could quote me for the book she was working on. It was a wonderful memory from the early days of my career.

Maureen Minchin
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  14:00

In November and December 2014 Sheila's books helped two of my children have safe pregnancies and births, just as they had helped so many others for so many decades. She led a life, and left a legacy, of which her family can be proud. Her loss will be most deeply felt by them, and I hope that the worldwide love felt for Sheila will be of some little comfort as they grieve. With best wishes from another grandmother who met, enjoyed, and valued her and her work.

Deborah Lesueur
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  17:03

It is so wonderful that there are such amazing teachers, midwives, in this world. We are all so gratefull for a wonderful women who affected so many to help Moms and Baby"s

Sibilla Becchetti
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  20:13

It is sad to read the news of Sheila's death. She has inspired so many people and her legacy will live on for future generations. Thank you for your work - I loved reading your books and treasure them - and your passion. Kind thoughts go to Sheila's family in this moment of grief, I hope they can find consolation in knowing Sheila will be fondly remembered by so many.

Amanda Burleigh
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  20:25

When I met Sheila two years ago we talked about timing of clamping the umbilical cord Sheila said "clamping the cord should happen in Earth time not mechanical time" RIP wonderful wise woman and love to all her family xx

Monday, 13 April 2015  |  21:13

Sheila was an inspiration to me, a ray of common sense piecing the bureaucracy of the NHS. Because of her academic rigour and sensitivity, I was empowered to support women and families in my work as a midwife. She will be sadly missed.

Justine Ward
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  22:46

Shelia changed so many lives. My condolences to all who loved her. x

Anna Burbidge
Monday, 13 April 2015  |  23:11

La Leche League GB is saddened to learn of the death of Sheila Kitzinger. Sheila was an amazing woman whose ideas helped to revolutionise thinking about the approach to giving birth. She provided women with the chance to think about what they wanted, to see the choices they might make, and to understand the joy of birth. Sheila was a firm believer in the work LLL does to support breastfeeding, and she will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.

Paola Ferretti
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  1:16

As a mother, woman and midwife, I thank you for all your wisdom, strenght and knowledge you shared with us all. I admired your intelligence and eloquence. You have left this earth but you work will never leave be forgotten. Thank you

Laurie Brant
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  4:09

Thank you Sheila, thank you, thank you, a thousand times over.
If I had followed my intuition, I would have sent my expressions of gratitude 3 months ago as that is how long you have been on my mind recently.
I will never forget Sheila's demonstration of pushing at UBC's crowded Woodward Theatre in Vancouver. It was delightful to watch her and, to observe the reactions of the audience!
Condolences to Celia and all family members. She was such an articulate woman - such a classy woman. She will be SO missed.

Maureen Kington
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  9:24

It is with great sadness to learn of Sheila Kitzinger passing. As a midwife and mother her philosophy underlined my mantra. I had the pleasure to meet her at a book signing and she spoke to each one who were honoured to have our purchases signed as if she knew us personally and shared our stories. Women will always be indebted to her tireless campaigning worldwide and midwives will continue her legacy. RIP.

Frank Ross
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  10:44

Ever since our first pregnancy in 1981 there has never been a year pass, nor an acquaintance's pregnancy happen, that i have not spoken the name of Shiela Kitzinger. There are few people that speak or spoke so directly to the fearful, turning them into confident happy birthers. An extraordinary power of an extraordianry woman, a life to be celebrated and long cherished. Thank you Sheila.

Adela Stockton
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  15:01

I am so sorry for your loss. Sheila was an inspiration, moving mountains in support of our birthing communities over the years. I particularly value the work she did to improve conditions for women in prison. She was also a tremendous support for my own writings. It is with the greatest respect that I pay tribute to her today. Sending many thoughts to you, all her family. Adela

Claire Alvarez
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  16:06

Dearest Sheila,
You were one of the most informative, gentle and strong advocates for women giving birth and a huge influence to my midwifery practice! God bless you and your family and may you leap for joy in heaven in the knowledge of a job well done! We will miss you here, but we'll always be thankful... Rest in peace my friend....😢

Naomi Stadlen
Tuesday, 14 April 2015  |  23:42

My husband found The Experience of Childbirth in 1971 and suggested we ask Sheila for childbirth classes. We only went to one as our daughter was born earlier than expected, but I phoned Sheila during the birth and she helped me by breathing with me over the phone. I had never felt so connected to another woman. I last met her at the BabyCalm conference in 2012, and found her as moving and inspiring as always. I want to thank the Kitzinger family for all their care during this past year, and hope there can be some kind of memorial event where we can give thanks in person to the inspiration of Sheila and to them.

Tess Kitzinger McKenney
Thursday, 21 May 2015  |  17:30

We hope to see you at Celebration of Sheila Kitzinger’s life & book launch 8th in London.

Julia Law
Wednesday, 15 April 2015  |  2:38

i was saddened to hear of Sheila's passing. Without her, my births and my career as a Doula would never have been as profound. Her teachings stay with me; her fierce dignity for empowering women will always stay with me. My sympathy to her family and friends..

Antonella Gambotto-Burke
Wednesday, 15 April 2015  |  4:34

A magnificent woman and a magnificent life. Thank you, Sheila.

Glenda Southey
Thursday, 16 April 2015  |  2:20

As a young woman in the early 80's Pregnancy & Childbirth was emancipating & enlightening for my own births & feminism. Now as an LMC midwife in NZ Sheila's books are my "go to" recommended reading for pregnant woman. Thank you Sheila & go well x

Regina Wells
Friday, 24 April 2015  |  2:56

I wouldn't have had such a beautiful natural birth experience had I not read Sheila's books. She gave me the information and confidents to go natural and enjoy every step of pregnancy. I wish I wrote her a letter while she was alive to let her know this.

Tess Kitzinger McKenney
Thursday, 21 May 2015  |  17:21

Thank you for writing now to let her family know this.
She was aware she had personally touched many women's lives.
But also that she had infuriated some in the obstetric and midwifery fields.
You might want to listen to the Woman's hour broadcast of May 7th.

Friday, 22 May 2015  |  17:39

I was so fortunate to be helped by Sheila quite recently, just over a year ago. I had faced a difficult circumstances; I had fled an abusive situation and faced homelessness during my pregnancy. But sadly I was let down by midwives and was forced to experience a long posterior labour alone on an antenatal ward. The experience exacerbated the sense of isolation and worthlessness I and experienced during my pregnancy. I blamed myself extensively for the complications that occurred during my sons delivery. Speaking to Sheila helped me to realise that it was not my fault. She also helped me to realise that my experiences demonstrated strength, rather than failure. I wish so much I had got back in touch with her to let her know what a difference she had made to me. I am so grateful for the hope and inspiration that Sheila gave me. I have now qualified as a social worker and work with vulnerable pregnant women. Thank you so much Sheila x

Serena Spencer-Jones
Wednesday, 3 June 2015  |  16:19

A guiding light to women, Sheila had a beauty and magnificence that was amazing, he knowledge, compassion and curiosity knew no bounds.
'Age shall not wither her...'
I still think very fondly of the opportunity we had to speak whilst i attended one of the Birth Crisis study days at her home in Oxford. Her strength and determination to push forward in her field of excellence for all these long years leaves a mighty legacy. I am incredibly proud to have met her. Her work will always live on in her followers and her books. I hope this vast outpouring of love and admiration goes a little way to soften the blow of her sad loss to her loved ones.

Thursday, 18 June 2015  |  10:08

Sheilas work changed my life, her work regarding birth trauma enabled me to work through the horrific experience I had giving birth in hospital and helped me to have a beautiful, empowering homebirth afterwards. She was an amazing activist and will be sorely missed.

Saturday, 20 June 2015  |  12:56

Sheila was magnificent in showing others how to empower themselves.
After having had to have a ECS , came across Sheila's book about home birth [ even though had wanted a home birth before], reading through it , helps to understand and had then 3 home births which was wonderful. Having kept the book all those years my daughter in law, who is due later on this year has now got the book.
So wonderful to see, how Sheila's inner knowledge is living on, a true beacon of Light for anything around birth.
She will be solely missed by many.

Ingigerður Guðbjörnsdottir Berman
Saturday, 20 June 2015  |  18:56

I was deeply saddened to hear of Sheila Kitzinger's death. She is undoubtedly one of the brightest beacons in the history of Obstetric Art. I was fortunate to have discovered her writings in the mid-seventies and be guided through birthing by her extraordinary insights. as I entered into midwifery, some years later, I was guided on by her wisdom and common sense. I was fortunate to have met with her thrice, once in 1979 and twice later in Iceland, including her last visit here. gone is a magnificent woman, who lives on by the light from the candle carried on by those who knew her and love her. My sincere condolences to her family and close others. May she rest in peace.