Rediscovering Birth

Rediscovering Birth
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ISBN:  978-1-905177-38-7
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Author: Sheila Kitzinger
Binding: paperback
Format: 127 x 198 mm
Illustrations: b/w
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Sheila Kitzinger’s understanding of the complex emotions surrounding birth has led to her being thought of as a personal friend by many of her readers, but she also has a formidable reputation among those in the medical profession who are challenged by her writing. For many years she has maintained that when birth is reduced to a medical process the experience is diminished and the mother degraded, and that even when the birth is complicated, human relationships are vitally important. 
In this revised edition of Rediscovering Birth, Kitzinger explores the universal experience of pregnancy and childbirth and looks closely at feelings and behaviour in pregnancy, the physical and spiritual experience of giving birth, the role of the midwife, the bonds that are traditionally formed between mother and midwife and ideas about birth in many different cultures, and she asks how we can learn from them.
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A Beautiful Exploration of Birth
Thursday, 5 July 2012  | 

Sheila Kitzinger is a must-read for all mothers-to-be; I firmly believe that her New Experience of Childbirth was one of the main reasons that the birth of my daughter was such a very special occasion - she changed my mindset and for the better.

Rediscovering Birth is an anthropological exploration of birth through history and around the globe. A fascinating read, it had me hooked from start to finish. There is a wistfulness throughout, at how much we have lost in our Westernised birth practises - how much wisdom, female solidarity and support has fallen by the wayside. And a sadness too, that so many societies look to the West in the belief that we somehow do things better. One can only hope that future generations in the cultures discussed, don't have to look to this book to see how their families used to birth.

I do feel though, that the book gives little credit for the times that modern birth practises truly are life saving. In 2000, 529000 women died during pregnancy or shortly after birth (United Nations) - only 1% of these deaths happened in industrialised countries. We MUST learn from other cultures; there is so much we have lost and so much we can gain, to truly empower women during birth. But we should also retain a a little gratitude for a system that, for all its flaws, does indeed save lives.


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A fantastic insight into pregnancy and childbirth around the world
Tuesday, 5 June 2012  | 

An absolutely fantastic book! It is crammed full of facts and information about pregnancy and childbirth in all different cultures all around the World. The writer is obviously extremely knowledgable and her writing style is easy to read and understand making a lot of information easily digestable!

It amazes me how much our own culture has changed over such a short time and how this completely influences childbirth and raising a child.

A great book that I will definitely be re-reading!


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