5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A little bit disappointed,
This review is from: Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices (Paperback)
I was really looking forward to reading this book but it wasn't really what I was expecting in the end. I'm from an orthodox medical science background myself and am interested in having a natural birth, so I expected to be on the same wavelength as Dr Buckley but some of her ideas are a little extreme for me e.g. the lotus birth where the placenta is not disconnected from baby until it separates naturally. I guess there was more of a spiritual element to this book than what I was expecting. I also found her assessments of the standard tests and screens a little bit frightening, talking about infant mortality rates etc. I know she was quoting facts from research and studies but at 38 weeks pregnant, I guess I was hoping for inspiration from positive natural birth stories (which to be fair, she does provide when describing her own children's births) rather than being scared about what can go wrong if a birth becomes medicalised.