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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices Paperback – Dec 2 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (Dec 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613227
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


How long did it take you to write this book?
Around ten years since I wrote the first material, and around 9 months to rewrite and put it all together.

What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Combining it with looking after 4 children

When did you know you were a writer?
When I was 10, I told my class teacher I wanted to be an author!

Favorite childhood book?
I was a precocious reader, I read Jane Eyre at age 10 and loved Wuthering Heights.

If you had to boil your book’s message down to one sentence, what would it be?
Trust your body, trust your baby, follow your instincts

What are you working on now?
A commissioned report on the hormonal orchestration of labor

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Sorting things out on every level, which includes a special talent for removing embedded hair ties from Barbie hair.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan on Jan. 15 2011
Format: Paperback
For those mothers-to-be that are looking for some evidence based, current, unbiased literature to help them decide or offer support regarding hard decisions about (what will be) the most important event in your life to date. TOO often people go forth with child birth assuming that your body will be able to do it without preparation and that the standards implemented in hospitals are the best for baby and mom. When in reality these practices are often outdated, misguided and have the interest of the doctors/hospitals/healthcare business in mind rather than mom, baby and their relationship.
Dr Buckley (MD) provides detailed information in a well laid out manner that examines pros, cons and alternatives to popular topics such as home births vs birthing centre vs hospitals, epidurals, pain medications during labour, monitoring practices, vitamin K injections, cesareans, breastfeeding, co-sleeping etc.
Some of the information can be a "heavy read" but even a lay person can tease themselves thru the information at hand and take from it what they will. She also includes her own personal experiences which to me gave the remaining scientific content an even greater meaning as she is obviously a very caring mother and doctor who can speak/write from a great deal of clinical and personal experience.
It was very useful to my family during my pregnancy and i will highly recommend it to my friends, family and patients going forward.
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This is an incredible book for someone who is seriously thinking about their birth options. It is not a sit down and read endless warm and fuzzy or even traumatic birth stories of other women. We have been told over and over each one is a unique experience and so this book speaks of the science behind what is happening. It is written so you can understand where you are able to effect the outcome of your unique experience and where you might not have much say at all. I loved it (being a person who wants to know more about anything I am interested in) and my husband was very happy to listen to me as I shared my new knowledge with him. Now, it is not just a science book, it is written for the truly curious who thirst for more knowledge but it is not cold and there are the stories of her births contained within it as well to make it more personal. To sum it up, a very enriching in knowledge rather than just stories of other women's experiences make this my go to book for my first pregnancy. I will recommend it to any patient of mine who is seeking more information about their bodies and how they work.
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By Wendy Caldwell on Nov. 23 2012
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I found the book to be a bit of a hard read. Sort of textbook like. I found all the references to studies and statistics a little distracting. That said there is a lot of great information in the book about hospital births and procedures.
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