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One of the most celebrated British authors on the sociological and anthropological aspects of birth, breast feeding, and early parenthood, Kitzinger has completely revised her classic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (LJ 3/1/81) to guide readers seeking a woman-centered birth experience through the newly researched alternatives now available. Organizing her book into five major sections (Early Weeks, Physical and Emotional Changes, Anticipating the Birth, the Experience of Birth, and You and Your Newborn), Kitzinger provides candid information about what mothers need to know, ranging from ways to navigate the technical landscape of hospital births to making the personal choices of a water home birth. Her "empowerment language" no longer assumes there is a marriage, replacing references to "a man" with "birthing partner." Discussing "birth rooms" rather than delivery rooms, she encourages readers to construct a birth plan, make their own space, and choose an effective birth companion. Other changes make the text more logical and accessible. The "Pregnancy Week by Week" section has been moved from the appendix to the introduction, and section dividers include tables of contents with page numbers. With revised appendixes and 300 updated photographs, drawings, and diagrams, this guide is a valuable resource for all health collections.?Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Wright State Univ. Libs., Dayton, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
An updated edition (it's been seven years since the previous publication) of Kitzinger's must-have compendium for expectant mothers offers new insights into having a healthy pregnancy and what's happening in today's birthing rooms. Like other reliable sources, Kitzinger's book gives women (and their partners) an in-depth look at both the baby's and the mother's physical and emotional development during pregnancy. But no other source offers such a complete and educated look at childbirth choices for mothers-to-be. More than 500,000 copies of this title have been sold since 1980, but it is obvious that the author has not rested on her laurels; rather, she has thoroughly re-researched all aspects of childbirth, updating the reader on current trends in hospitals and women's health centers across the country--as well as in other countries, where appropriate. Along with Penelope Leach's Your Baby & Child (also published by Knopf and last updated in 1989), every library should be sure that its collection contains several copies of this exhaustive, thoughtful work. Mary Frances Wilkens --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
This is a fantastic book. The muscle relaxation exercises came in handy on the big day, and I had an understanding of any forms of intervention that might take place during labour. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Blainey
I liked reading this book. It was very informative and made you really think about pregnancy and delivery. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2012 by Benje Lee
I haven' actually finished reading this book. I was caught by language this is blatently biased and a lack of information on comman, current, MEDICAL techniques and practices. Read morePublished on May 8 2008 by Loryn
I loved reading this book as a mother and an in-training doula. I wish I would have had this book when I was pregnant with my first baby. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Veggie Queen
I ordered this book on accident but after I got it and started reading everything is so easy to referance. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003 by vici
I purchased this book partially because of the reviews it received on Amazon, but also because it was included in a book list from the hospital where I will be taking my birthing... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by Jessica Olson
After reading these reviews here I bought and read this book during the last 3 months of my first pregnancy. It lived up to my expectations and then some. Read morePublished on July 24 2002 by Festina Lente
I bought almost every pregnancy book around and this is THE one I felt was the most balanced. It doesn't preach to you that there is ONLY one way; it presents the facts and offers... Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by Kiddos mom
This is the best pregnancy and childbirth book ever written. My wife and I picked up a copy in Kenya when we were pregnant with our first child. Read morePublished on April 5 2001 by Johnny Brooks