Over the next several days, we will be posting a series of short book reviews. We hope this might be fun or helpful for people seeking excellent gifts for their doulas or midwives or for their birth educator or birth activist friends!
The first brief review is of the book Rediscovering Birth by Sheila Kitzinger. This book is a large hardcover coffee table type of book with many wonderful photos. The photos are the best aspect of this book and one that can keep you busy for hours! This book is not really designed as a "preparation for birth" book or as a guide to birth, but as a celebration of the beauty of birth and of pregnant women. It is also an anthropological, sociocultural, and historical look at birth. My observation is that many people are unaware of this book and as such it would make an interesting and unusual addition to a personal or professional library! It is an excellent read for people wishing to go beyond "the same old thing."
Rediscovering Birth is also on the required reading list for BirthWorks childbirth educator certification.