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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – 1st Edition (2005) eBook
The wisdom & science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting
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Note: This 1st edition of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering was published in 2005. For Sarah’s most recent 2009 edition, see here. You can see the differences between editions at the bottom of this page.
Beloved by professionals and parents worldwide, Sarah’s best-selling first-edition book gives information and confidence for the best possible start.
“I first read your book when my doula loaned it to me and I remember feeling a resounding beauty and confirmation of how beautiful birth and mothering can be.
Thank you for writing such a wonderful and guiding book.” Heatherbell, Brisbane, Australia
“Sarah Buckley creatively integrates mind/body wisdom with the latest scientific research to provide women with the essential tools they need to make conscious choices throughout their pregnancy and birth” Deepak Chopra, Author “Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges”
- Can birth really be natural and safe for you and your baby?
- How does the superb design of your female body enhance safety, ease and pleasure in labour and birth?
- Can a gentle birth give the best possible start in life, leading to profound and pleasurable experiences in the early days, weeks and months for all involved?
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.
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 labour and birth, and that continue to support her during early mothering.
Dr Buckley’s warm and wise words have helped mothers, babies, fathers and families around the world. Read their feedback here.
“I love your book. It is delightfully easy to read, inspiring, incredibly informative, and it speaks to women from a gentle yet empowering voice. You beautifully combine common sense with medical information which cultivates awareness and a path to awakening. Your own personal stories create a soft loving touch.”
Vicki Abrams:,co-author, with Deepak Chopra, of Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives. Director of prenatal programmes Chopra Center, Carlsbad CA www.journeytobirth.com
Dr Buckley’s 2005 edition includes the following chapters:
(See differences to her 2009 edition here)
1 Reclaiming every Woman’s Birth Right
2 Ecstatic Birth: natural childbirth & its ecstasy-inducing hormonal cocktail
3 Instinctive Birth – vision and tools
4 Healing Birth, Healing the Earth
5 Lotus Birth – a ritual for our times
6 Jacob’s Waterbirth – a gentle start
7 Emma’s Birth – sweet and oceanic
8 Maia’s Birth – a family celebration
9 Homebirth in Australia – the personal and the political .
Gentle Birth ~ the Evidence
10 In Praise of Normal Birth
11 Prenatal Diagnosis – technological triumph or Pandora’s box?
12 Ultrasound Scans – cause for concern
13 Undisturbed Birth: Mother Nature’s blueprint for safety, ease, & ecstasy
14 Epidurals – risks and concerns for mother and baby
15 Leaving Well Alone – perspectives on a natural third stage
16 Breech Choices
17 Caesareans – the risks
18 Choosing Homebirth
19 Attachment Parenting – an introduction
20 Extended Breastfeeding – the gift of a lifetime
21 Bees, Baboo, Boobies – my breastfeeding career
22 The Cosiness of Co-sleeping
23 Getting a Good Night’s Sleep – gentle approaches to night waking
24 Mothering, Mindfulness, and a Baby’s Bottom –
an introduction to raising your baby without nappies/diapers
25 Yoga and Motherhood – a personal perspective
26 Gentle Discipline
“I am not exaggerating when I say that Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering is the most enjoyable book on birth and mothering that I have read, ever.” Review from Trish at tinygrass.com
“Sarah Buckley’s book is hands-down and easily the best of all birthing books yet” Joseph Chilton Pearce Author, Magical Parent, Magical child