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
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
30-something nursing student obsessed with all things medical, historical and scientific....
I am a nursing student, not a new mom, and I think Dr Sloan wrote this book just for me. Full of practical, scientific and patient care topics (normal and abnormal) with bonus historical information and medical terminology. He details with personal accounts to illustrate his points and many stories entertain as well. I love the minds of doctors and he sounds like a great one! Loved it! I gave 4 pts for performance because he is somewhat monotone, which works for me but others may find dry. I like authors narrating their own books though!
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.
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.
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.
There were a few moments when I felt overwhelmed with the emotions of the birthing stories.
Dr. Sloan does a beautiful job of illustrating the evolution of birth.
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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