For those of you who aren’t familiar with her name, Sheila Kitzinger is a mover and shaker in British (and international) midwifery. This book is thurough, useful, and encouraging. She is the one who convinced me to aim for childbirth with joy! A quote from her introduction: “The quality of this [birth] experience depends not only on what is taking place inside the pelvis, but on everything that is going on in our minds. It is also profoundly affected by the relationships we have with our care-givers… The purpose of this [book] is to empower women, and those who serve them in childbirth, to understand and act on this.” As well as brilliant labor descriptions and tecniques, there is a chapter included for fathers, valuable information on breastfeeding, bonding and other post-birth issues.