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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices Paperback – December 2, 2008
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An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children. * Speaks to a new generation of parents who are concerned about the medicalization of childbirth and want current and science-based info about alternatives.
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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The first section Gentle Birth gave a whole lot of information about the negatives of interventions that I'd thought were pretty much harmless and I was glad to be more informed. These include: ultrasound (!), IV analgesia, epidurals, IV antibiotics, caesareans. My favourite part of the book was the natural hormonal physiology of childbirth - a perfect orchestration for a safe, healthy and satisfying experience. The most useful piece of information for me was the idea that the same energy that got the baby in there can help get it out and recommending sexual expression during labour. I found that making sexual noises helped me get through the peaks of contractions - I recommend any labouring woman try it! The author also shares her own 4 birth stories.
Section two, Gentle Mothering, highlights the benefits of skin-to-skin, co-sleeping, and breast feeding, and presents what research has been done around these topics. Following her recommendations has helped to make the early weeks with my second baby very manageable.