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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,479 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.

 THE AUTHOR SCOOP

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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This book was recommended to me by a co-worker and I am so glad I followed her advice and ordered it. It is extremely well written, researched and presented. Sarah Buckley clearly wants every expectant mother to be as well-informed as possible in order to make the best decisions regarding birth and delivery. As she says repeatedly, "Your Body. Your Baby. Your Choice." If you want to steer away from the people and sources that threaten to bombard you with narrow-minded views that relinquish your feminine power of choice and individuality, then you need this book! If you appreciate the idea of a "natural" birth, but want to be sure you have done your research and informed yourself of all the risks, pros and cons you should be reading this. If you want to feel empowered as a woman who is preternaturally and instinctually made to give birth this book will give you the "hell yeah!" declaration you might be missing. This truly is a terrific guide for a gentle birth and a compassionate mothering experience: for both you, and your baby.
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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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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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The author approaches many topics from different angles providing comprehensive information to guide the reader towards making informed choices during pregnancy. I wish I had read this book much earlier on in my pregnancy.
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