Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Review: Birth Day

by Mark Sloan

My Synopsis

Memoir by a pediatrician about childbirth.

My Thoughts

Despite his being 10-pounds, 23 1/2 inches long, giving birth to my son was the best day of my life.  A two-hour labor and two-or-three-push delivery helped, as did a great nurse and lots of family members to share in the moment. Because I had such a fun (yes, I said it) childbirth experience, I was curious about this book and what it had to offer. 

Dr. Sloan leaves nothing out; providing anything and everything you want to know about babies, from what fetuses feel, taste, smell, hear and see in the womb and immediately when they are born to the history of midwives, doulas, obstetricians, and the history of labor positions and the management of childbirth pain.  To balance out the array of scientific information, he also includes personal stories of delivering babies while in medical school.

This is one of the most well researched books I've ever read.  I found out more than I probably ever wanted to know, like the fact that in some monkey species, the baby assists at its own birth!  Once its arms are free of the birth canal, the baby pushes the rest of its body out of its mother.  Eww, that creeps me out thinking about it!

Anyway, I loved it.  Very interesting, hold-your-attention read.

Do I Recommend?

Yes, if you are interested in this topic.

My Rating


Other reviews

I couldn't find any.  Imagine that! lol


Staci said...

I love your tastes in reading choices!!! Honestly, giving birth to my two sons wasn't that bad either!!!!

Lynne said...
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Alyce said...

I think this would be too technical for me in that I'm not really interested in the science because I've already read a lot about birthing. What interests me at this point in my life are women's birth stories.

Lynne said...

Alyce: I like women's birth stories too. I know they're out there. I'm on the lookout.

christa @ mental foodie said...

This sounds like something I'd enjoy (I like reading medical related books / medical memoir :)


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