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Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 24, 2009
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More About the Author
I live in Santa Rosa, California, about an hour north of San Francisco, among the redwoods, cows and vineyards. Elisabeth and I have been married for 24 years, and we have two teengers, who continue to provide me with a wealth of hands-on pediatric experience...
My writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune (including an essay about lessons I learned while falling out of moving cars as a kid), the San Francisco Chronicle, and Notre Dame Magazine, among other publications. "Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth" is my first book.
Birth Day is partly a memoir of my professional career and my experiences as a dad, and partly an exploration of the fascinating story of how humans came to give birth the way we do. There's a lot of humor in it as well.
Birth Day has gotten a large number of great reviews - from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly (a starred review), The New England Journal of Medicine, and Fit Pregnancy Magazine (5 stars), among many others. I'm getting very nice reader responses as well, which I love to receive. It's great to hear from readers!
I hope you enjoy Birth Day!
Mark Sloan MD
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Top Customer Reviews
When I first started reading this book I thought the author reminded me a little of Mary Roach and her non-fiction books. Sloan's writing style is very personal, as if he's sitting next to you and talking to you, and can be quite funny at times.
The mix of personal experiences and researched information was quite interesting and fulfilling for me. Also, there is a section of references in the back of the book listed by chapter and page number if the reader is interested in looking up any of the information.
I actually dog-eared (which I never do) a couple of the pages for future reference when I (hopefully) have children. The information was all very useful and interesting.
I recently read "Birth Plans for Dummies" and found that Sloan's book, while information and historical, somewhat imitated the Dummies book in that Sloan wrote information about natural vs C-section births, having others in the room, and even the first few moments and days. Sloan's historical information about C-sections and epidurals was very interesting. Even the section about who would be in the room with the mother and the research about fathers.
I would recommend this book for anyone who may have a baby in the future and is interested in the history of giving birth, to doctors and nurses who work with pregnant women and babies, and anyone else simply interested in babies.
Sloan weaves real-life examples with amazingly detailed historical information in a way that's part history lesson, part first-hand experience -- and all fascinating.
While nothing can actually prepare you for childbirth, Birth Day provides first-time parents with a solid foundation and historical context that will make them feel a little less lonely and lost; and any parent will think (as I have), "Boy, I wish I'd known that before!"
It doesn't "dumb down" anything and Sloan's genuine humor adds moments of levity as well tender remembrances that will drive any hormone-laden mom-to-be to tears. From all the amazing magic that happens in a woman's body to help the pregnancy and labor move along, to the medical advances that we rely on, to the transformation of fetus to infant, there's a wealth of information here.
We've found our "go to" gift for expecting parents. Thanks Dr. Sloan!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was engrossed in this book and learned so much. This was my favorite of my pregnancy related reading, and I will now be buying this book to share with friends who are expecting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Buchanan
What made this book at times difficult for me, a historian, to read were unexamined assumptions about historical shifts in childbearing practices. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DesertVisitor
Good information and well written. Historical birth info tied in with the author's accounts of his experience as a pediatrician attending new births. Read morePublished 8 months ago by WalkintheCity
I bought this book when I first found out that I was pregnant based on its reviews. The reviews don't disappoint! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Abby
Such a great book. I am thinking about med school, and I thought I'd read this book for fun. It's awesome. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marcy Flores
One of my favorite types of book, combining science with personal anecdotes to examine some very controversial topics with logic and compassion.Published 17 months ago by as999
Part wonderful memoir by a warm-hearted pediatrician, but a really informationally rich discussion of birth, and the many decisions new parents will make about delivery plans. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Katherine Foster
This book successfully brought together medicine, anthropology, and history (among other disciplines) to offer insight into many aspects of pregnancy and delivery that we might... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cassandra
A real page-turning read, Birth Day is equally entertaining and informative. Easily this soon to be parent's favorite "baby" book!Published on August 15, 2013 by Patrick Dean