The Year After Childbirth: Surviving and Enjoying the First Year of Motherhood

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Scribner, 1994 - Social Science - 302 pages
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"In this book Sheila Kitzinger provides the information and comforting support every woman needs to survive the physically, emotionally, and socially turbulent first year following the birth of a child. Time and again women say that they felt prepared for the birth, but not for what happened afterward. After all the attention that an expectant mother gets, she is often left to face this experience alone. There is no shortage of baby-care books, but this is the only authoritative mother-care book available." "With over three hundred full-color photographs and drawings, here is everything a woman needs to know about this roller-coaster year: how her body changes physically and emotionally; tips about breastfeeding and nutrition; the developmental stages in her baby's life; how her husband is coping and their relationship is changing; sex; and finally, coming up for air after the first twelve months." "In this new volume Kitzinger provides the mother of a newborn with a wealth of practical and down-to-earth advice to guide her through a time of exhaustion and elation, anxieties and achievements."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Sheila Kitzinger was born Sheila Helena Elizabeth Webster in Taunton, Somerset, England on March 29, 1929. She studied social anthropology at Ruskin and St Hugh's Colleges at Oxford. As an anthropologist, she encouraged women around the world to reclaim from doctors their natural prerogative over pregnancy and childbirth. Her first book, The Experience of Childbirth, was published in 1962. Her other works included Birth over Thirty, Woman's Experience of Sex, Breastfeeding Your Baby, Ourselves as Mothers, Becoming a Grandmother, Birth Crisis, Birth and Sex: The Power and the Passion, and A Passion for Birth. She created a Birth Crisis Network in Britain, which offers reflective listening for women traumatized after delivery. She died after a short illness on April 11, 2015 at the age of 86.

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