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An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children.
Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body. Using current medical and epidemiological research plus women's experiences (including her own), she demonstrates that what she calls "undisturbed birth" is almost always healthier and safer than high-technology approaches to birth. Her wise counsel on issues like breastfeeding and sleeping during postpartum helps extend the gentle birth experience into a gentle parenting relationship.
About the Author
SARAH BUCKLEY, MD, is an internationally known authority on natural birthing and parenting choices. She has published numerous articles in Mothering magazine and Midwifery Today. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.
This is a golden book of wisdom for people in parental preparation.
Combines well-researched knowings with heartfelt consideration of the mother as a unique individual.
An empowering and expansive read.
Helped me achieve my VBAC
This book was recommended to me by our doula. I found it really informative for the pregnancy information in terms of what tests are conducted, why they may/may not be necessary and the options available at every stage. It teaches the importance of having knowledge, lack of knowledge results in fear and there should be as little fear as possible in pregnancy and birth (and mothering). It was especially useful as I was attempting a VBAC, and I felt that during my first pregnancy OBs hadn't told me all the risks associated with certain procedures. This book equipped me with all the information I needed to be confident in making the decisions that were best for me and enabled me to achieve the VBAC I wanted. I found that OBs were somewhat supportive in theory of me "attempting" a VBAC, but they really tried to derail my "attempt" at every. Single. Turn. I don't know how many times I had to reiterate that no, I would not be booking in for an elective c-section and no, I would not be having a growth scan in later pregnancy. This book helped with understanding the choices available: "BRAN" all the way! Pregnancy and birth should not be as medicalised as it is. We should not have the 30%+ rates of c-sections. This book takes us back to what it's really all about and what it should be about. Don't let OBs push you around. Own your pregnancy. Your body was made for it - and this book helps to find that innate confidence every woman has to birth her baby on her terms.
Bit dry, but great childbirth prep
It's not an easy read and a bit dry, however it really made me feel confident in my options for childbirth and very well explained the impact of birth decisions on mother and baby's health, supported with evidence. A must for moms that want to or are thinking of having a natural birth and want to set up a birth plan based on informed decisions.
Melbourne, VIC Australia
Recommended, but not for me
This was recommended by our midwife but upon reading it was a bit too hippie/ spiritual/ crystal based for our liking. It makes good reference points but unfortunately wasn't helpful to us.
A compassionate society
This is the most beautiful book about birthing and parenting that I have ever seen and I am proud to say that my children use it as their bible. I think the only way we can become a compassionate society is if we surround our offspring, right from the beginning, with love, warmth and gentle parenting
Well balanced evidence.
Well balanced evidence presented clearly, to support birth as a normal life event to be enjoyed. Empowering and encouraging for the reader. ALL women of chilldbearing age should read this text.
A good read
Worth reading if you are considering 'alternate' parenting techniques. Though to be honest I found the information and support from my midwife to be more relevant on a day-to-day practical basis.
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
Reclaiming Every Woman's Birth Right
Vision and Tools for Instinctive Birth
Emma's Birth-Sweet and Oceanic
Healing Birth, Healing the Earth
Zoe's Birth-Challenge and Transformation
Your Body, Your Baby, Your Choice: A Guide to Making Wise Decisions
Ultrasound Scans: Cause for Concern
Undisturbed Birth: Mother Nature's Blueprint for Safety, Ease, and Ecstasy
Maia's Birth-A Family Celebration
Epidurals: Risks and Concerns for Mothers and Babies
Leaving Well Enough Alone: Natural Perspectives on the Third Stage of Labor
Cesarean Surgery: The Whole Story
Jacob's Waterbirth-Perfect Timing
Love, Attachment, and Your Baby's Brain: How Gentle Early Parenting Promotes Lifelong Well-Being
Breastfeeding: The Gift of a Lifetime
Bees, Baboo, and Boobies: My Breastfeeding Career
Babies, Mothers, and the Science of Sharing Sleep
Ten Tips for Safe Sleeping
Epilogue: Becoming a Parent
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ISBN: 9781587613227 ISBN-10: 1587613220 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 2nd December 2008 Publisher: Celestial Arts Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.1
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1