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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting

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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.

Title:Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0975807706
Format Type:Paperback
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    Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Reviews

  • Melissa
    Jan 09, 2015

    Some aspects of this book were brilliant - I found the explanations of hormones and body chemistry to be incredibly interesting.Having even a rudimentary understanding of how our bodies are intelligen...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Aug 15, 2012

    Parts of this book I loved, and other parts I did not like or connect with. What I loved about this book is that the grand majority of it presents the research surrounding childbirth and many of the c...

  • Heather
    Sep 18, 2008

    I did not like this book.There were a lot of opinions that were put forth as fact. Cutting the cord is comparable to amputation? Ultrasound broils soft tissues? Maybe, but it certainly wasn't proved h...

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 06, 2010

    Some very interesting statistics, although this is no balanced view. If you agree with the author to start with, then you'll love the many, many non-U.S. based studies cited.But, if you don't already ...

  • Jess
    May 18, 2017

    I like parts of this book a lot, like the details about the hormones during labor. They were unique from other things I've read and seemed factual and well researched. I had to skip chapters about her...

  • Bucket
    Feb 27, 2017

    This was good food for thought. There are some areas where there's new research and it could use an update, but overall I appreciated the focus on evidence-based practice. The author shared all sides ...

  • Erin
    Oct 11, 2016

    Give Sarah Buckley some credit--she's both an MD and a woo-woo hippie practitioner (and I say that with affection, as I'm a woo-woo hippie myself) and you don't often see that in one medical professio...

  • Joanna
    Sep 14, 2016

    Where the author sticks with physiological descriptions--like the chapter on all the hormones at play during labor--she's helpful and interesting. But the info is biased and often emotional (and I say...

  • Alice
    Nov 11, 2014

    In short, if you're interested in natural birth practices, this book is a great source of information, reassurance and confirmation. But if you're not, then you'll probably react quite strongly (or as...

  • Largercircle
    Apr 29, 2016

    There are some things I loved about this book. It's got good, detailed summaries of what current research shows about the 'hormone cocktail' of labor, about appropriate management of the third stage o...