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Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth | [Mark Sloan]

Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth

"I delivered twenty babies in the summer of 1977. I was hardly more than a baby myself, just turned 24 and starting my third year of medical school." So began Mark Sloan's three-decades-long exploration of the wonders and oddities of human childbirth. Pediatrician, husband, and father, the author has attended nearly 3000 births since that long-ago summer, encountering everything from routine deliveries to tense labor-room dramas.
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"I delivered twenty babies in the summer of 1977. I was hardly more than a baby myself, just turned 24 and starting my third year of medical school." So began Mark Sloan's three-decades-long exploration of the wonders and oddities of human childbirth. Pediatrician, husband, and father, the author has attended nearly 3000 births since that long-ago summer, encountering everything from routine deliveries to tense labor-room dramas.

In Birth Day, Sloan draws on his personal and professional experience to weave the strands of memoir, history, science, and culture into a fascinating and often funny tapestry of this fundamental human passage.

©2009 Mark Sloan; (P)2009 Oasis

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    Murphree 05-27-15
    Murphree 05-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must listen for new parents!"

    Loves the book. Dr. Sloan is an expert at giving lots of great details about birth and newborns hidden in interesting stories.

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    Jan 11-24-14
    Jan 11-24-14 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "8 hour chat with a great pediatrician, about birth"

    I love Dr. Sloan (even though he is a breathy audiobook reader). Though personal stories, historical practices, trends around the world and clearly explained current science he explores what childbirth is all about. I think it would be of interest to healthcare providers... as well as expecting parents and grandparents.
    It is an honest, yet entertaining overview, full of gentle humor and practical, positive information. He makes no choices for you, but explores ideas from many points of view and leaves you knowing that every parent, situation, child and birth is different, just like the "proverbial snowflake."
    So glad I found it.

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    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 05-28-14
    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.

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    "Humble perspective from an experienced doctor."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the way that Dr. Mark Sloan gives you a glimpse into his own experiences and thought on pregnancy and birth. As a doctor his story of being humbled by the experience of birth was wonderful to hear about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Birth Day?

    I loved all the history of birth in this book. I especially loved the story of who preformed the first the first C-section. There is some really great tidbits of historical information in here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few moments when I felt overwhelmed with the emotions of the birthing stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Sloan does a beautiful job of illustrating the evolution of birth.

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    Anne Kingwood, TX, United States 04-23-11
    Anne Kingwood, TX, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book- Balanced Approach"

    Mark Sloan does a great job of exploring issues related to childbirth, including pain relief, interventions, Cesarean, circumcision and more. When it comes to childbirth and related issues, everyone seems to have a point of view. I appreciated Dr. Sloan's balanced approach and scientific exploration of the issues.

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