I would like to recommend to all pregnant mums-to-be, Dr Sarah Buckley’s book: Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. It is a Doctor’s guide to natural childbirth and gentle early parenting choices. Sarah is a trained family physician/GP and mother of four.
Without telling you what to do, Sarah outlines many issues that need to be addressed prior to labour. She gives an unbiased view and offers possible options. Her section on the third stage of labour is absolutely wonderful. So often, a natural third stage is very unrecognised, undermined, and speeded up in a hospital birth and therefore not given the importance it deserves.
Sarah gives a detailed outline of her own birth stories. Her own birthing experiences appear to deepen with each birth and express the power inherent in the birthing experience. At the beginning of her book she says how, as women we have fought for so many things such as equality, the vote etc. but we are not fighting for our rights to birth naturally and as women we are missing out on an incredibly rich experience.
Birthing is not just about birthing a baby. A powerful natural birth experience influences a woman in so many ways and also influences her relationship with her child and how she mothers that child. It can be an extraordinarly transforming experience.
If you have any questions relating to medical intervention, Sarah gives a deeper understanding of the actual choices you have in a society where much of the birth process is based on fear of litigation. An example of the info in the book: What is strep B? What is GBS? Click here
This book inspires women to take back some control around choices during birthing. Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering answers your important question and gives you the information you need to create a safe, satisfying, and gentle start to family life. Dr Sarah Buckley, family physician and mother of four, shares the science as well as the wisdom of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting.
“Few authors today are more trusted by natural parents than Sarah Buckley. Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering is an exceptional book that gives families the confidence they need to follow their own instincts.” Peggy O’Mara, editor and publisher of Mothering magazine
“Hoorah for Sarah Buckley! Her strong, authoritative voice is sorely needed…”
Ina May Gaskin, midwife and author.