Sheila Kitzinger

Personal Profile

April 2015
Sadly, Sheila died on 11th April. Her passing was as she wished it to be; at home with her family. Her contribution to midwifery and women the world over was immeasurable, and she will be missed hugely by many people. Her unstinting support over many years to midwives and students on her home patch here in Oxford is a special loss.

All of us in OxBUMP send our very best wishes and thoughts to Sheila's family at this time.


Sheila Kitzinger was born in England and educated at the University of Oxford, is a social anthropologist of birth, and developed her pioneering approach to the psychosexual aspects of birth and motherhood and women's rights in childbirth since the 70s.

She translates academic research findings into the practical information that women can apply to themselves and their lives. She has done field research in the anthropology of birth and breastfeeding in Jamaica, Mexico, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, the countries of Eastern Europe and Britain. She is the mother of five daughters, all born at home, and lives near Oxford. She is the author of 23 books, which are published in 20 languages. She is Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Thames Valley University and received an MBE for her services in education for childbirth.

Sheila lectures widely to midwives and birth activists across the globe, seeking to help women make their own informed choices.