Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body. Using current medical and epidemiological research plus women's experiences (including her own), she demonstrates that what she calls "undisturbed birth" is almost always healthier and safer than high-technology approaches to birth. Her wise counsel on issues like breastfeeding and sleeping during postpartum helps extend the gentle birth experience into a gentle parenting relationship.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Ina May Gaskin 2
Part 1 Gentle Birth
1 Reclaiming Every Woman's Birth Right 8
2 Vision and Tools for Instinctive Birth 12
Emma's Birth-Sweet and Oceanic 20
3 Healing Birth, Healing the Earth 25
Zoe's Birth-Challenge and Transformation 32
4 Your Body, Your Baby, Your Choice: A Guide to Making Wise Decisions 37
5 Ultrasound Scans: Cause for Concern 78
6 Undisturbed Birth: Mother Nature's Blueprint for Safety, Ease, and Ecstasy 95
Maia's Birth-A Family Celebration 128
7 Epidurals: Risks and Concerns for Mothers and Babies 132
8 Leaving Well Enough Alone: Natural Perspectives on the Third Stage of Labor 154
Jacob's Placenta 185
9 Cesarean Surgery: The Whole Story 193
10 Choosing Homebirth 204
Jacob's Waterbirth-Perfect Timing 212
Part 2 Gentle Mothering
11 Love, Attachment, and Your Baby's Brain: How Gentle Early Parenting Promotes Lifelong Well-Being 217
12 Breastfeeding: The Gift of a Lifetime 234
Bees, Baboo, and Boobies: My Breastfeeding Career 241
13 Babies, Mothers, and the Science of Sharing Sleep 247
Ten Tips for Safe Sleeping 263
Epilogue: Becoming a Parent 267
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