The New Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges

Author(s): Sheila Kitzinger


A classic for all new parents, this book inspires, informs and reassures. From conception through to birth, Sheila Kitzinger describes what to expect and prepares parents-to-be for the physical changes ahead. This title now includes information on Caesarean births, the birthing sling, sex during pregnancy, and nutrition. It encourages expectant parents to be actively involved in decisions about their antenatal care and birth method.


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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.

Pregnancy - the early weeks: finding out you are pregnant; planning and preparation. Pregnancy - physical and emotional challenges: life in the uterus; forty weeks of life; expecting twins; your baby's wellbeing; your physical wellbeing; emotional challenges in pregnancy; becoming a father; you and your partner; pregnant again. Pregnancy - thinking ahead to birth: in tune with your body for labour; windows into the uterus; the last few weeks. The experience of birth: what happens in labour; different kinds of labour; giving support in labour; dealing with pain; towards the medical control of birth; gentle birth. You and your newborn: the first hours of life; the baby who needs special care; losing a baby; the first ten days; the challenge of new parenthood.

General Fields

  • : 9780751364385
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
  • : May 2003
  • : 241mm X 189mm X 36mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sheila Kitzinger
  • : Hardback
  • : 4th Revised edition
  • : 618.2
  • : 448
  • : Pregnancy, birth & baby care
  • : illustrations, 300+photos, glossary, index