Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2008-12-02
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts

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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 hospital births. Her wise counsel on issues like breastfeeding and sleeping during postpartum helps extend the gentle birth experience into a gentle parenting relationship.

Author Biography

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.


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

Forewordp. 2
Introductionp. 4
Gentle Birth
Reclaiming Every Woman's Birth Rightp. 8
Vision and Tools for Instinctive Birthp. 12
Emma's Birth-Sweet and Oceanicp. 20
Healing Birth, Healing the Earthp. 25
Zoe's Birth-Challenge and Transformationp. 32
Your Body, Your Baby, Your Choice: A Guide to Making Wise Decisionsp. 37
Ultrasound Scans: Cause for Concernp. 78
Undisturbed Birth: Mother Nature's Blueprint for Safety, Ease, and Ecstasyp. 95
Maia's Birth-A Family Celebrationp. 128
Epidurals: Risks and Concerns for Mothers and Babiesp. 132
Leaving Well Enough Alone: Natural Perspectives on the Third Stage of Laborp. 154
Jacob's Placentap. 185
Cesarean Surgery: The Whole Storyp. 193
Choosing Homebirthp. 204
Jacob's Waterbirth-Perfect Timingp. 212
Gentle Mothering
Love, Attachment, and Your Baby's Brain: How Gentle Early Parenting Promotes Lifelong Well-Beingp. 217
Breastfeeding: The Gift of a Lifetimep. 234
Bees, Baboo, and Boobies: My Breastfeeding Careerp. 241
Babies, Mothers, and the Science of Sharing Sleepp. 247
Ten Tips for Safe Sleepingp. 263
Epilogue: Becoming a Parentp. 267
Resourcesp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
Notesp. 281
Indexp. 342
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