Birth Day

  • by Mark Sloan
  • Narrated by Mark Sloan
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.

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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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- Jan

Great Book - Heavy on the History

This was probably the ninth or 10th book I read while preparing for our first child, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, if you're only going to read one book to prep this probably isn't the one. With all of the specifics I have already encountered in my studies, a historical perspective on childbirth was welcome. It's not that the author doesn't do a superb job of presenting researched-backed, practical information, but it's sprinkled throughout the book, with most coming toward the end.

The parts of the book I enjoyed most as an expectant father were the evolving perspective of the fathers role in childbirth, and the proven benefits of having a female birth coach or doula present for the birth.

Ultimately, I highly recommend this book. However, if you are under the gun for immediately applicable information, this might not be the one for you. The Expectant Father is great starter book for first time dads. Cheers, parents!
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- Robert Ingalls

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2009
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio