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The New Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges Hardcover – May 1, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 4th edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075136438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751364385
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Renowned as the leading authority on women's experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, Sheila Kitzinger's campaigning work has increased awareness of maternal rights and contributed towards the many changes in maternity services in the UK. As a social anthropologist, Sheila has conducted research into antenatal care, lectures worldwide and has written 24 books. Sheila lives near Witney, Oxfordshire.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelev on January 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I are expecting our second child and thoroughly enjoyed Sheila Kitzinger's book. With a ten-year span between our first child and our latest, we wanted a good, all around primer/review. Kitzinger's book is excellent whether you're having your first child or are experienced parents. She provides enough basic information that it's accessible for beginners, yet includes substantive, helpful details that even veteran parents will find beneficial.

Like everything from DK Publishers, the photography is bright, clear and easy to look at. Our son loves looking at the pictures and the book has been a great way to talk with him about our pregnancy.

On a side note, we love Kitzinger's treatment of the subject of circumcision. Not only does she state matter-of-factly that there's no reason for it, but when she discusses the cultural/religious motivations for circumcision she encourages Jewish and Muslim parents to opt for a pain-free naming ceremony that welcomes a baby boy into this world without cutting him. As Jews opposed to circumcision, we found Kitzinger's inclusion of this information reaffirming.

I could go on and on. I'll just say that, if you only have a limited amount of time and/or a limited budget, Kitzinger's book is the best all-around pregnancy and childbirth book I've seen so far. Of the dozens of books we've read on the subject, only a few of them occupy a permanent place on our bookshelf. Sheila Kitzinger's book will definitely be joining that select group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lane on September 1, 2011
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Sheila Kitzinger is a hero. Of all the pregnancy books I ended up reading throughout my pregnancy, she is the most informed, intelligent and inspiring author on the subject to date. Everything you need to know in one handy textbook here, but I'd recommend also reading her book on enjoying your first year with a baby, as I'm halfway through that and can tell it will be just as useful as this book.
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By Una Sampere Marsans on April 26, 2013
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All of my doubts plus a lot lot more info, wonderfully clear and fun to read. It has guided us all along...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilaria on February 11, 2014
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The book is a wonderful book for pregnant women and their support team. It is a good alternative to the more run-of-the-mill "What to Expect When You're Expecting," but I wouldn't say that it replaces that book completely, because it isn't quite as exhaustive about pregnancy, and breastfeeding. However it does go into better detail about your options for labor and delivery, as well as showing you things you can do to work towards unmedicated childbirth before and during labor.

My complaint is with the seller - they had listed the book as being highlighted, which is was, but it was also missing pages - quite a different matter.
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