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Rediscovering Birth

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  190 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Bestselling author Sheila Kitzinger, the world's foremost birth educator and activist, explores the universal experience of pregnancy and childbirth in this splendid new book, beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photographs. With an intimate, informative style that both enlightens and engages her readers, Kitzinger looks closely at feeling and emotions in pregnancy, t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Atria Books (first published October 26th 2000)
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Dec 22, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing
I was grooving on this book.
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Nov 23, 2014 Madeline Stone rated it really liked it
Excellent. One sided, I believe Kitzinger references the downsides of traditional birth exactly twice, but her one-sidedness is convincing. The book is well done, thorough, extremely informative. The resource to have for women who are accustomed to the industrialized approach to birth and wish to expand their horizons.
Jun 01, 2015 Denise rated it it was amazing
I found my old reading records from the time I was studying midwifery.

Beautiful book for anyone interested in the customs and art associated with birth in different cultures.
Oct 02, 2007 Amie rated it it was amazing
An excellent account of birth through the ages and across all different cultures. The photography is stunning. I found this refreshing after Tina Cassidy's "Birth" which I did not enjoy nearly as much. This book coveres much of the same material but with a richer insight into the cultural issues surrounding childbirth. And of course, since it's from Sheila Kitzinger it's slanted toward the midwifery model of care. Some may be put off by her general disdain for hospital practices, but overall it' ...more
A splendid book, perhaps predictably, which very much reflects Sheila Kitzinger's approach to childbirth and her compassion. Lots of images to make her points and a delicate sprinkling of personal anecdote. I don't think I'd previously realised that her own mother had been a midwife. The final chapter is especially fine, drawing together what has gone before - the grotesque limitations of the 'Western' (and increasingly global) way of medicalised birth, and more traditional and highly varied cul ...more
Audrey Buchanan
Jan 29, 2009 Audrey Buchanan rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk about pregnancy and birth. This is one of my favorite books ever and I've reread it during each pregnancy. The photography alone is stunning. It talks about pregnancy rites and rituals in other cultures, birth rites and rituals, the history of midwifery, wet nursing, all kinds of interesting things. I have it, so if anyone wants to just makes me feel connected to women all over the world.
Dec 31, 2011 Leahjoypro rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book wasn't what I expected, but was very interesting. Lots of interesting information about the traditional natural "treatments" used around the world to help with pain and discomfort before, during and after labor. It reinforced what I know about how obstetrics can get in the way of a normal birth and cause unnecessary information. Beautiful photograph illustrations.
Mar 25, 2013 Jenne rated it it was amazing
My favorite book on the history of birth hands down. Written from the lens of anthropology, the history of birth is traced from pre history to modern day. The result is to mourn the traditional wise woman knowledge that was repressed and lost, yet it ends with the hope that that missing knowledge is being excavated and reintroduced to modern consciousness.
Apr 15, 2008 Carleen rated it it was amazing
Birthing as a beautiful and natural thing (always has been), not an "illness" requiring medical intervention. A wonderful book of the history of humans and birthing.
Tabitha Beck
Feb 06, 2012 Tabitha Beck rated it really liked it
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I love all the details about birth in other cultures...I even learned some new things reading this book...and the photos are terrific.
Jan 27, 2008 Christi rated it liked it
Fascinating to learn about the pregnancy/birthing practices of cultures around the world, though the author is definitely not unbiased.
Jan 26, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing
This book is about birth across all other cultures. I am a bit of a birth junky, so I loved everything about it!
Aug 27, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing
Really fascinating book about options at birth, and different ways birth is viewed around the world.
Oct 03, 2008 Talena rated it really liked it
I liked this book and it made me think about other cultures and their birth rites and passages. I liked it.
Mar 25, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
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It was an interesting read. It expanded my view of birth beyond my Western experience.
Nov 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Fascinating read about birth customs in other cultures and in other times.
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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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