Sheila in conservatory with baby Josh

Articles by Sheila

"Good Morning America ... website called it (caesarean section) 'A less painful choice' It went on : 'When it comes to childbirth, many mums are just saying no to the pain and yes to the pain relievers'.

It is ironic that the phrase 'Just say no', invented for the anti-drug campaign , is now being used to promote drugs for pain relief. There is no mention of anaesthetic risk, the way the system of care often creates pain in failing to give women emotional support and encouragement, putting them flat on their backs, on a narrow bed and harpooning them to electronic equipment and intravenous drips; of any alternatives to drugs; or of how pain can be handled and how it turns into suffering when women feel they have no control over it...

There is little acknowledgement of the side-effects of caesarean section...

Choice is questionable unless women can obtain accurate information, and are free to give not only 'informed consent' but 'informed refusal'...

They see vaginal birth as ugly, agonising - a form of torture - and enlist a surgeon to avoid this."

Extract from Who would choose to have a caesarean? by Sheila in British Journal of Midwifery May 2001

Most recently published articles are listed on the News Web Page.

Home Birth, Midwives, & Doulas Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 35(3)  pp 250-252 September 2008
Los bebés copian el estado de humor que transmitimos Interview on crying babies for bebesaltademanda.com   September 2008
Home Birth Reborn Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 35(1)  pp 77-78 March 2008
Women's Choices & the Midwife Crisis Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 34(3)  page September 2007
The Making of an Obstetrician Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 34(1)  pp 91-93 March 2007
Giving emotional pain a name The Practising Midwife Vol 10 no 1 pp 22 January 2007
Birth as rape: There must be an end to 'just in case' obstetrics. British Journal of Midwifery
Women who suffer traumatic births often use the same language as victims of rape. Sheila Kitzinger discusses post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from birth and describes the effect on these women.
Vol 14 no 9 page 544 September
2006
Ten Questions
We talk to Sheila Kitzinger, famous for her books on childbirth
Oxfordshire: the news magazine from oxfordshire county council. Issue 13
pp24
Winter 2006/2007
  The Times Higher Education Supplement   23rd June 2006
Life should be a voyage of discovery The Independent on Sunday pp55 11th June 2006
  The Times (T2 Health)   28th May 2006
Boot Camps for Babies Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 33, no 1 Mar 2006
Review of The Politics of Birth
by Elizabeth Hormann
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 33, no 1
pp84-5
Mar 2006
  The Daily Mail   14th Dec 2005
Jeremy Vine's show on Radio 2 at 1:30pm www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/vine   13th Dec 2005
Battle of the Baby Gurus The Independent, page 10   13th Dec 2005
Discipline versus natural approach:
baby care authors draw battle lines
The Daily Telegraph, page 14
  12th Dec 2005
The experts' guide to: birth
the birth rights expert: Sheila Kitzinger
Junior Pregnancy and Baby, page 37   Oct 2005
Interview with Sheila Kitzinger Women's Health Medicine Vol 2 Issue 4 July -Aug 2005
Birth, Military Occupation, and Patriarchy Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 23 no 3
Sept 2005
The language of birth
Based on chapter in The Politics of Birth
BIRTH MATTERS Journal of the Maternity Coalition Inc
www.maternitycoalition.org.au
Vol 9.3
Sept 2005
Midwifery Degraded The Practicing Midwife Vol 8 no 8
Sept 2005
Home birth: a social process, not a medical crisis
An extract from Sheila's book The Politics of Birth
The Practising Midwife Vol 8 no 4
April 2005
Moslem Values and Childbirth
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
  Mar 2005
Link to Second Opinion Article NHS Magazine   Nov 2004
The great debate: should birth be a private event?
Primaeval needs by Michel Odent
A Birth Companion by Sheila Kitzinger
Junior Pregnancy and Baby   Oct 2004
Pregnant Asylum Seekers: The Dispossessed
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 31:3 Sept 2004
An interview & photos of Sheila's house. The Sunday Times   25 April 2004
Born again, naturally
Extract from the New Experience of Childbirth
The Guardian G2   14 April 2004
Interview with Sheila
Regaining birth control by Kate Tregaskis
The Scotsman   13 Apr 2004
What's Happening to Midwives in Europe?
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 31:1 Mar 2004
Living Legend American Baby, CBE Reporter   Fall 2003
A case for abolishing hard labour The Independent Review   22 Sept 2003
The Politics of Birth
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 30,3 Sept 2003
Abstract & comments on Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Pregnant Women and their Infants in a community-based program. in MIDIRS Midwifery Digest Vol 13,1 Mar 2003
Waterbirth and Song Chapter 10.9 in Midwifery BEST PRACTICE
Ed. Sara Wickham
Books for Midwives, Elsevier,
  2003
The Clock, the Bed, the Chair, the Pool
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 30,1 Mar 2003
Mother's and babies in prison in the USA MIDIRS Midwifery Digest Vol 13 Jan 2003
A life in architecture - Sheila Kitzinger by Eleanor Allen The architect's journal 17:216 Nov 2002
Silence is Collusion
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
  Sep 2002
It's your body, your birth: take control Junior Pregnancy & Baby
  Winter 2002
When childbirth us an unhappy event
article by Deborah Hutton, with quotes from Sheila.
The Mail on Sunday magazine -You   3 Nov 2002
My life with the NCT New Generation (The NCT magazine)   May 2002
What Do We Tell the Children?
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 29,1 Mar 2002
My Best Teacher The Times Educational Supplement   Jan 2002
Becoming a mother Midwifery Digest Vol 11,4 Dec 2001
My First Book The Author   Sep 2001
Awake, Aware - and Action!
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 28,3 Sep 2001
Talking point
To smack or not to smack?
The Parents Guide Issue 28 May/June 2001
The Great Childbirth Blackmail Daily Mail [Femail forum]   June 14 2001
Who would choose to have a caesarean? British Journal of Midwifery Vol. 9,   5 May 2001
Featured Consultant - Sheila Kitzinger International Journal of Childbirth Education Vol. 16,. 1 Mar 2001
Birth and Breastfeeding in the UK media
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
With Jenny Kitzinger
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
Vol 28,1 Mar 2001
Eating for two - our own and other cultures The Vegetarian   Spring 2001
The Waterbirth Debate up-to-date MIDIRS Midwifery Digest   Dec 2000
Some cultural Perspectives on Birth British Journal of Midwifery   Dec 2000
How to get a home birth You and Your Baby   Dec 2000
Handling Labour Pain Expecting Our Baby   Dec 2000
Some Cultural Perspectives on Birth British Journal of Midwifery   Dec 2000
Birth Rituals around the World Having a Baby   Dec 2000
Mother of New Labour The Scotsman   08/11/2000
Sexual Abuse in Birth Junior   Nov 2000
Sex in Pregnancy Mother and Baby   Nov 2000
Sheila Kitzinger’s Best Birth Guide Expecting Our Baby   Nov 2000
When a bad birth haunts you Prima Baby   Oct/Nov 2000
Infant Morality The Glasgow Herald   28/10/2000
Labour of Love The Guardian   26/10/2000
Why every mother needs a baby moon The Express   26/10/2000
The Woman who Changed Childbirth Junior   Oct 2000
Waterbirth
Distress after Childbirth
www.babyworld.co.uk   Oct 2000
Waterbirth and Song Practising Midwife   Oct 2000
The Waterbirth Debate Up-to-date
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
  Sep 2000
Giving birth through the wondrous eyes of a child.
Blood sweat and tears (but she's still smiling)
Junior   Sep 2000
Sheila reviewed a paper on Modesty in Breastfeeding
To read extracts from her article click here
Midirs Digest   Sept 2000

Home Birth Matters
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe

Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care

  Mar 2000
Aromatherapy in Childbirth
New research published through Oxford Brookes University
The Independent, Health Page   21 Oct 99

Midwives on Trial
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe

Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care

  May 99
Letter
with Wendy Savage,
about the Caroline Flint case
The Guardian   14 May 99

Sheila quoted in
The panel, Today's question: should a woman who chooses a Caesarean pay for it?

The Guardian

  21 April 99

Birth plans: how are they being used?

British Journal of Midwifery

Vol 7, 5 May 99

Lifeline

Lancet

Vol 353, 9159 3 April 99

Debate! (about advertising for a granny)

Independent on Sunday

  28 Mar 99

Obstetric Metaphors and Marketing
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe

Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care

26:1

Mar 99

Birth in Prison: The rights of the baby

The Practising Midwife

Vol 2, 1

Jan 99
Baby's First Snapshot
Pregnancy Plus   Jan 98/99

Court-Ordered Cesareans in the U.K.
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe

Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care

25:3

Sept 98
Baby is it really you?
Who benefits from seeing their unborn child so early?
The Guardian
  27 May 98
Reprinted in Midirs midwifery digest Vol 8, 3 Sept 98
The man who taught us children are human too
(Dr Spock)
The Express   17 Mar 98
The hardest labour of all
The prison system's treatment of a birthing woman
- Roisin McAliskey
The Guardian   16 Mar 98
The Cesarean Epidemic in Great Britain
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
25:1 Mar 98
How Can We Help Pregnant Women and Mothers in Prison?
Sheila Kitzinger's letter from Europe
Birth
Issues in Perinatal Care
24:3 Sept 97