Pioneer of natural childbirth Sheila Kitzinger dies Sheila-Kitzinger-280

Fighter for a mother's right to choose her own birth experience, Sheila Kitzinger died over the weekend.

Known for her strong beliefs that childbirth should be mother led and mums-to-be should have the freedom to move around during labour, Sheila Kitzinger died aged 86 on Saturday (11th April).

Although taken for granted now, the idea that women should draw up their own birth plans and decide for themselves whether, among other things, they might want to move around during labour or even give birth in water, was fought for by Kitzinger over the past 50 years.

She wrote more than 25 books on childbirth and taught couples and trained teachers from the NCT as well as lecturing widely in North and South America, Israel, Europe and Australia.

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