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Sheila Kitzinger, passionate campaigner for women's and babies' rights, childbirth educator and author, describes the experiences that have shaped her since childhood and the enormous changes that have taken place over the last 50 years on the subject of birth. Her work as a social anthropologist has taken her round the globe and the knowledge, wisdom and engaging warmth of her books continues to be revelatory and indispensable for thousands of women. This is a rich cross-cultural adventure, a fascinating insight into her world of babies, birth, women, social justice and challenging powerful institutions, a lifetime of dedication to positive social change.

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2015 | hardback | 384pp | 240x160mm
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Unmissable- ready to re-read it already!

Avni Trivedi on 14th Aug 2015

I have been a fan of Sheila Kitzinger for many years and have appreciated her clarity, wisdom and boldness. This autobiography was so charming, and thought-provoking and gave insights into her life, family, work and perspective on birth. It's sad that she passed away, but the book is a huge comfort and inspiration.

A wonderful account of a life lived in the centre of a revolution

Elizabeth on 29th Jul 2015

This is a beautiful book, and a must-read for anyone interested in birth or feminism. Sheila's activism has changed the way we treat women going through this fundamental rite of passage. In this book she tells the story from the inside, holds no punches, and minces no words. She is an inspiration to us all.

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Billie Hunter on 26th May 2015

A wonderful book, in which you can hear Sheila's voice so clearly. A rich combination of the personal and the political. <br />Excellent service from Pinter and Martin.

A Passion for Birth

Naomi Stadlen on 18th May 2015

I have only read three quarters of it and might want to write again when I have finished it. It is wonderfully written in Sheila's authentic warm voice. She has a sharp sense of humour, and the anecdotes she relates are telling, so it's easy to laugh, but with an angry edge because there is so much wrong with the way mothers are left to give birth. Sheila's absolute determination to change that comes over clearly. It is hard to remember that she has died when her writing voice is so strong, alive and inspiring. I'm very grateful to her for her characteristic gesture in wanting us to keep her spirit alive though she had to die. Organised and capable as ever, she has accomplished this through A Passion for Birth..