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by Sheila Kitzinger

Classic guide to pregnancy, labor, and early parenthood now fully revised and expanded to meet the needs of today's parents-to-be. An up-to-date manual of physical and emotional preparation for giving birth. Index.
Download The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Rev.) epub
ISBN: 0394580117
ISBN13: 978-0394580111
Category: Fitness
Subcategory: Women's Health
Author: Sheila Kitzinger
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; Rev&Expnd edition (September 30, 1989)
Pages: 400 pages
ePUB size: 1457 kb
FB2 size: 1606 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 170
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I like this book primarily for the illustrations/photos of relaxation postures, exercises, etc. and frank approach to the subject matter. I used this book in my Childbirth Education classes for many years and only recently stopped -- mostly because I found that the section on becoming a father turned partners and dads off so much that they wouldn't read the book after that (even though I didn't recommend that section as homework!). The original publication date was like 30 something years ago or something, so the idea that "Dads may have to pick up the slack right after baby's born" was still a rather new concept. Today's partners/nonbirthing parents are already doing dishes and wash (and if they're not, find a new partner ;)!) and that one section tends to come across as a big insult. That said, I still think there is so much useful information in this book that it is worth reading, possibly having on your shelf through the pregnancy. Perhaps, pick up a used copy and put some of the saved money towards other resources.
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I have read quite a few all inclusive pregnancy/childbirth books, and this is my favorite. But, I can only say that because I read a variety of books with a variety of slants, which I believe every pregnant woman should do in order make the most informed decisions for herself. Please DO NOT read only one pregnancy and childbirth book as if it were the ultimate gospel. That would be like getting advice from only person on one of the most important events in your life. True, the author has a slant towards natural childbirth and less intervention, but this is a refreshing break from more traditional books like What to Expect. I recommend reading this in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, which gives you more of a US medically-managed birth slant, but was very reasonable to me in terms of the current worldwide understanding of issues like C-section, episiotomy, elective inductions, etc. If you want an even more natural slant, try Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth. I didn't find Kitzinger's book "anti-man" or "anti-doctor" or "new agey" at all. Just keep in mind that she is approaching the topic from a different country and a different standard of care. I love the pictures and illustrations - though slightly outdated, I found them positive and beautiful, especially the photos of the waterbirth. The relaxation and labor preparation techniques are something you probably won't find in a more medically-managed birth book. I just think that it gives a pregnant woman, particularly one was not previously open to or informed about a more natural approach to childbirth (i.e. different positions besides on your back, unmedicated, waterbirth, no episiotomy, etc.), a good overview and reasoning for why she should consider these options, or at least be knowledgeable enough about the pros and cons to then choose a doctor, midwife, etc to fit the kind of prenatal care and delivery she wants to have. Read lots of books, take from each what you need, discard the rest.
I like all the information this book has to offer. I had been looking for a book that wasn't biased in any way, and I think this is a pretty much that. However, the section on epidurals has me a little unnerved, in that mostly the author is using studies to prove her point but her point seems to be that epidurals are not really a safe way to go. It almost seems that she is using the studies or negative outcomes, instead of also including all the positive outcomes of medical pain management. However I still highly recommend the book as there's a lot of info. It could use updated photos though! But that doesn't change the quality of information :)
This was the first pregnancy/childbirth book I read while pregnant. It was a good first read because it covers a wide range of topics. It gave me confidence for childbirth. I wish there is a newer version than 2003. My husband (a medical professional) says all current medical literature is still 10 years behind, and with this book being 11 years old, it's technically 21 years behind. However, much of the information I learned has not changed over the years. I enjoyed it and will reread a few sections before my due date.
I actually only ordered this book as an afterthought, so i could get the supersaver shipping :) but it ended up being the most informative pregnancy book i've read so far. i'm 22 years old and expecting my first child in june; i've been trying to read as much as i can because pregnancy is a completely new experience for me. ms kitzinger is gives very thorough, comprehensive information on all three trimesters, labor, delivery, lactation, and post partum care for mother, partner and baby. i'm planning to go the natural route, and although ms kitzinger provides a lot of information on all birth methods and possible medical interventions, whether optional or necesary due to complications, i really appreciated the advice she had for women who plan to use alternative pain management. she has a lot of advice and information for the birth partner as well, who for me will be my boyfriend. i showed him parts of the book that i found particularly helpful and now we are going through the whole book together. i was very happy, this is a very accessable, helpful book, i would recommend it to anyone who is expecting a child.
My sister recommended this book to me after her training intensive Pre and Postnatal Pilates course in San Francisco. She is a Pilates Instructor. Her instructor at the course highly recommended this book for its real approach to woman, pregnancy and birth. At the time, I was looking for a book with guidance that was not so "medical" with a more holistic approach and understanding to a woman's body. Her neutral insight on ultrasounds, labor and epidurals was exactly what I needed to hear to make my decision. I was tired of hearing doctors say "of course it's safe". If you are health conscious and live a more natural way of life like myself, you will appreciate the wisdom of this book.
So much information. A great read. A must for first time expecting mothers
If you only buy one book, it should be this.