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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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    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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