The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised) Paperback – Dec 30 2003
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I purchased this book as an informative book to help me with my first pregnancy .... it is a very detailed, thorough book and I felt it a great help during my pregnancy as my partner and I followed the week by week pictures and information so that we knew (how or rather) what our baby was up to!
Pregnancy should be a straightforward process but unfortunately it is not always that way and you definitely need to be able to refer to information that can help you in an emergency.
When I had spot bleeding in my 7 month of pregnancy I went straight to the section in the book that talks about spotting and what could be happening and it encouraged me to go to my local hospital which was very, very, very fortunate because I was actually in labour and my baby was coming!!!!!!!!!!
Without this book for guidance I may have had my 3 month premature baby at home and she would never have survived! I thank this book for it's existence and wonderful advice! For this very reason, I recommend this book to any first time mums .... or any expecting mums out there .... just so you know, I chose not to read the section on "things that can go wrong" in your pregnancy but thank goodness it was there because I really needed it in the end!
Goodluck in your pregnancy and good reading, Kristina
If you find many of the birth books out there a bit patronizing or superficial ("what to expect...") and if you want to consider alternative or natural options for birthing without having them shoved down your throat then this book is definitely for you.
For me it offered the perfect combination of information (detailed) and anecdotes so that it was fairly easy to read. Having said that, if you are looking for cute baby pictures and a "sound bite" style of writing then this may not be the book for you. It is for those that are willing to invest some time reading and thinking about how they want to manage their own pregnancy and birth experience. Some may find a few of the photos of women giving birth rather direct, but hey that is what childbirth looks like and it certainly helped me to deal with my fears and expectations about the event.
In the end I had a natural childbirth(on a birthing stool) that I felt in control of and would not have changed anything about. I am sure that my positive mindset had much to do with the preparation I did reading this book. If I have a second child I will pull this book out first and put away the others.
There is nothing man-hating (my husband would have picked up on that in a heartbeat) or anti-Dr about this book.Read more ›
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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 20 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
There are two kind of women out there: Those who want a traditional doctor who will "take care of everything for them" along with a traditional hospital birth with lots... Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001 by Girl on the go!
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