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Birth Your Way

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The best way to choose birth at home or in the hospital. As research discloses the risks of intensively managed hospital birth, increasing numbers of women are considering alternatives. This new updated edition of Sheila Kitzinger's pioneering work gives them the facts. Highly informative yet sensitively written, and supported by firsthand accounts of women's personal expe ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 30th 2002 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published 2002)
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After reading this and watching "The Business of Being Born" I really wish I had the guts to have my baby at home this time around. Maybe next time....
Jan 09, 2012 Meredith rated it really liked it
Birth Your Way is a valuable resource for anyone considering giving birth outside of a hospital. It provides good information while dispelling home birth myths, which allow the reader to decide whether or not home birth is for her.

Chapter 2 "What's Wrong with Hospitals?" details all the reason why giving birth in a hospital can be bad/dangerous, which are all the reason for choosing a home birth or birth in a birth center.

Chapter 3 describes the risks associated with home birth. It also discuss
Nov 16, 2012 Mimi rated it really liked it
This book was very useful in that it was true to its subtitle: "Choosing Birth at Home or in a Birth Center." It had a lot of information about birth outside of the conventional hospital setting. So it wasn't only focused on natural childbirth but on the real differences you get between hospital and not in a hospital. The author is not a midwife, doula, or doctor; she is a social anthropologist who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting (of babies and young children). She is an hono ...more
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Sep 02, 2014 Brooklyn James rated it it was amazing
Great resource for every woman considering birth outside the hospital!
Mar 26, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
sheila kitzinger is so cool because in addition to being supremely pro-woman in her views on childbirth, she has anthropological expertise and enlightens us about practices of other eras and places; highly recommended for anyone interested in pregnancy or childbirth
Apr 13, 2008 Talena rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book it had a lot to offer but a lot of it was stuff I already knew, so that was cool.
Apr 30, 2010 Traci rated it liked it
Didn't really add anything new to my knowledge but was fun to read some more about home birthing.
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Despite what the New Updated Title suggests, this is not about giving birth at Burger King.
Jul 09, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Very thorough with great info on natural and/or home birth.
Jan 20, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
Good basic info about home birth.
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Sheila Kitzinger M.B.E, M.Litt is a social anthropologist of birth and author of 24 books published internationally, most on the emotional journey through this major life experience. At Oxford in the 50s she discovered that the social anthropology of that time was almost entirely about men. She decided she would do research to discover what was important in women's lives, and focused on pregnancy, ...more
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