A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices
Sarah J. Buckley, MD
Birth should be instinctive, fulfilling and full of joy. It should also be safe for both mother and baby. In Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Dr. Sarah J. Buckley combines the best medical evidence with her experience as a mother of four to give you advice and information that will help you have a safe, natural birth and start you on the road to gentle parenthood.
Dr. Buckley explains, in easy to understand language, the logic, safety and benefits of natural birth and gentle parenting, using the best medical evidence. She also explains the conditions we need to optimize the flow of the "ecstatic hormones" that every woman's body produces during a natural labor and birth, and that continue to support her during early mothering.
The first part of the book presents in-depth information on medicalized pregnancy and birth choices, as well as gentler options. Topics covered include ultrasounds, epidurals, inductions, c-sections, homebirth and unmanaged third-stage labor. In part two, Dr, Buckley explores the science behind attachment, breastfeeding and baby sleep.
This book is essential reading for anyone involved with pregnant and birthing women. And if you're pregnant or planning to be, Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering will give you the information you need to make intelligent, informed choices.
Softcover, 348 pages