Sheila Kitzinger 2006 book, “Birth Crisis”

2 December 2008 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

Sheila Kitzinger has done it again.  In 2006 she published yet another important work, “Birth Crisis.”  Though written from her European perspective, she has drawn together experiences that are universal to birthing women, especially those whose births did not turn out to be what they wanted.  Much of what she presents is what we know so well, the role of intervention in the demise of normal birthing.  And, as always, she goes way beyond the obvious, exposing the emotional backlash….anger, guilt, fear, issues with bonding, etc.  And she talks about how to recognize the needs of the mother who has experienced a traumatic birth, how to listen, what to say, what not to say, and so much more.  She has a fascinating view of how a woman can work to “reclaim” her body, both before and after her physical wounds have been healed.  I’m not a midwife, but have done some doula work and worked with countless mothers as a La Leche League Leader.  And I’m so glad to have discovered this resource.  I personally did not experience a traumatic birth with any of my five, but I know so very many who have, including all of my daughters and my daughter-in-law.  I’ve already passed the book on to my youngest daughter who has much emotional healing to do after her recent birthing experience (not related to interventions as there were none).  A very valuable book for all involved with birthing women.

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