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Posted May 24, 2008
Unassisted Childbirth/ Attached Parenting/Breastfeeding
I really appreciated her view on how women who choose to go unnassisted in their births are usually very well prepared and understand what they want out of birth. I always seem to feel like no one gets that part. The part of the book that touched me the most 'I think' was her letter to her first son. Dr.Punger is a women that really has a heart for babies and it clearly shows by how this book was compiled. A MUST READ!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2008
Natural Mothering from a Health Industry Perspective
Local Author, Mom and M.D. FAAFP IBCLC, Denise Punger recently published ¿Permission to Mother¿. .. Yes, this started off as a typical book review. I was almost prepared to delve into the back cover, the author¿s interview, some blog fodder, churn it around and spit it out into something sparkly and new. But as I was reading and fishing around for facts-and-such, I realized that maybe I should actually read this book. And the bibliophile bought her first e-book 'the non-project Gutenberg kind...i.e. free'. And my jaw hit the floor. And I want to read it again. And every woman I know should read this book. Dr. Punger doesn¿t approach childbirth with the sterile, medical ¿science¿ you would expect from a person with such a juxtaposition of acronyms following her name. Instead she uses the ¿quiet women rarely make history¿ angle, embracing the almost frightening, ballsy and mystic idea that childbirth and breastfeeding are a rite of passage. So I double check the bio, just to make sure¿ M.D. 'check' ¿momma of three 'check'¿unschoolin¿, attachment parentin¿, co-sleepin¿, breastfeedin¿ 'whaaa?'¿I love this Momma¿, I love this book! It¿s not your typical ¿I gave birth in a bathtub¿ book. Punger offers a fresh look at the facts, a journey walking perilously between the starch academic institution steeped in the 1950¿s idea of standardized medicine with women incapable of handling childbirth on their own and her own experiences tapping the wild, bohemian ideals of natural childbirth, throwing the Dr. Spock/Dr. Sears to the wind and embracing Dr. Seuss instead. She nails dead on the obstacles and adversity faced by any women looking to reclaim her reproductive rights and fight a society that cares more for the companies and institutions of commerce than the well being of the child.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.