Homebirth: The Essential Guide to Giving Birth Outside of the Hospital

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Dorling Kindersley, 1991 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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Looks at the pros and cons of home birth, suggests preparations, explains the role of midwives, and shares women's experiences

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Review: Homebirth: The Essential Guide to Giving Birth Outside of the Hospital

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

It's a good read for anyone who is interested in avoiding interventions, even if you're not planning a home birth. There are checklists to help you choose a provider and a location that support your idea of what you'd like your birth to be like. Read full review

Review: Homebirth: The Essential Guide to Giving Birth Outside of the Hospital

User Review  - Shashi - Goodreads

This is a good book, but "Homebirth" starts with pointing out the weaknesses in the hospital system and presents alternatives in contrast to them. It's obvious the author is trying to present her ... Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Sheila Kitzinger is the world's foremost birth educator and activist, and is known and respected worldwide as a social anthropologist of birth and a leading authority on women's experiences of pregnancy and motherhood. Her previous books include The Experience of Childbirth and the classic bestseller Pregnancy and Childbirth. She is the author of over 23 books and has been published in 20 languages.

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