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Homebirth: The Essential Guide to Giving Birth Outside of the Hospital Hardcover – September 15, 1991

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Kitzinger ( The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth , LJ 3/1/81; 1989. rev. ed.) examines alternatives to hospital births, conceding that this is not the right choice for everyone. She outlines important considerations in choosing a birth setting, then details the process of preparing for birth at home or in a birth center. She also offers information valuable to expectant parents regardless of their choice of birth setting. The book, which is quite readable and fairly well referenced, also includes a short list of birth centers and organizations that can provide further information specific to local areas. A nice addition for all popular medical collections.
- KellyJo Houtz Parish, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City Sch. of Medicine Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (September 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879431017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879431010
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When I was pregnant with our 4th child, I became very fearful of what my labor would be like. My third delivery was hard. My son was posterior and my back ached terribly throughout. When my husband and I took a refresher course of our childbirth class, I knew I needed some extra encouragement. My midwife recommended Homebirth, by Sheila Kitzinger. I DEVOURED it!!! She makes childbirth an empowering life challenge. Whether you have your baby at home or not, the advise and words of encouragement are a great booster to your resolve to have a natural, gentle birth! Birthing is both physical and mental, and she addresses both aspects beautifully. Had I not read her book, I would have begun my fourth labor with fear and dread which would have made it even harder! But because I was confident and relaxed, it was an incredible birth with little pain physically, and no doubt or fear mentally.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adriene on February 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book offers several stories of homebirth, their joys and triumphs. The pictures are breathtaking, and the author does an impressive job in her descrpitions of the events. Highly recommended for anyone considering homebirth, or simply interested in the beautiful process of childbirth.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Martin J Spielman Jr on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is simple yet gets to the point of the issue. Homebirth is a pleasant alternative, especially to those traumatized by previous hospital births. The book talks about involving the whole family and has some wonderful pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blushwriter on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My first childbirth was a nightmare with forceps, stirrups, saddle block, et cetera. I knew I never wanted to go through that again. I was introduced to Sheila Kitzinger's works while attending a La Leche league meeting. I have read her books over and over. I was delighted that I met her in person at a childbirth conference so I could tell her that my babies were all "Kissinger" babies. she was so kind that she invited me to Have lunch with her. I am happy to say that both my daughter and my daughter-in-law have found her work to be as helpful as I did. God bless you Sheila Kitzinger for all the women you have helped to have Easier childbirths and healthier babies
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raquel on April 8, 2012
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I had our first baby here at home, attended by two certified nurse midwives. I found everything in this book to be true and helpful. A great read for parents considering out of hospital births. Consider having any naysayers and or those who don't understand your decision read this. It was a wonderful decision and experience for us.
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