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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Sloan Narrator: Mark Sloan Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781608145089
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From a detailed look at what happens in the intense moments immediately preceding and following birth, to an eye-popping history of painkillers, birthing methods and infant resuscitation, Sloan shows how millions of years of human history are encapsulated in one day—in the universal experience of childbirth and the first day of life. Part memoir, part narrative, part science and history, this audio focuses on both the biology and wonder of human birth. This title combines history, biology, and culture with humor, compassion, and real-life anecdotes and gives equal emphasis to the clinical and emotional aspects of this timeless experience. 

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannyboo | 2/12/2014

    " I have always felt that people make too much of the "labor experience." Um, guys, it's one day. Yes, it's life changing in that you have a baby, but the actual labor part? One day. Or less. And not that big of a deal. Anyway, this book talked a lot about the history of childbirth (and the drugs that go along with it), as well as the transition from fetus to infant. It was interesting to read, but not something I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Elizabeth Morton | 2/6/2014

    " Lots of great info & history on babies & childbirth. This has been a fun read during my last weeks of pregnancy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty Broqi | 2/1/2014

    " Informative book about the fetus and procedures done today and yesterday to help a women through labor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsey | 1/24/2014

    " This guy is a good writer. The book was a real pleasure to read. I only gave it three stars because he gets preachy a few times, and I HATE that. Even if he's preaching "for" things that I too am "for", it still bugs me because I don't believe that they are for everyone. But, considering the subject matter, getting preachy just a few times is pretty good. He covers so much history in this book and I LOVED it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Miller-Moore | 1/24/2014

    " Very interesting how this book is set up -- and I love how it goes in depth on several topics surrounding pregnancy, birth and infancy...especially the chapters on pain relief and birth attendants historically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 1/19/2014

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! What more can I say? I recommend this book to parents equally as to those who have no children, never want children, don't even like children. I learned SO MUCH FASCINATING STUFF in this book and it was a very enjoyable and easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/19/2014

    " I really liked this book a lot! I thought it would be kind of dry but it was a great mix of history (interesting history though) and pertinent current information. I felt like I learned a lot and was overall just very intrigued by it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/8/2014

    " I learned a lot from this book. It's more of a collection of essays than a book that is supposed to be a comprehensive guide to birth. Which means that it goes more in-depth than most books about the topics covered, which include the baby's physical transition at birth, history of cesarean section, history and politics of pain-relieving drugs, dad's involvement, history of birth attendants (including doulas), physical characteristics of a fetus and newborn, and newborn resuscitation. Mark Sloan is a pediatrician, and he makes the book enjoyable with personal anecdotes and humor. The information is balanced. It helped me examine my own biases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/4/2014

    " a unique and often humorous look at the science and history of childbirth in the western world. Fascinating to learn about the cardiovascualr changes that occur when a fetus is born and becomes a baby independent of its mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/1/2014

    " I really liked this book. I found it pretty interesting and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Andrus | 12/27/2013

    " A great read with great writing for anybody who wants to know more about birth. I found it balanced and well-researched and I really loved that I started to feel like I knew the author. Fantastic voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katlet | 12/26/2013

    " Written by a pediatrician, this is a book that is relatively childbirth friendly. He has good humor, and is not afraid to admit mistakes he made. I enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 12/24/2013

    " Great book. Wish I would have read it before Alaina was born. I am definitely interested in the info about nitrous oxide use during labor. It sounds so much better than the other alternatives for pain management. I am going to do some research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carley | 12/18/2013

    " Fabulous book, wonderfully and thoughtfully written. I highly recommend it, I wish it had been available when I was pregnant. Especially the section on circumsion perhaps I wouldn't have the regrets I do now had I been able to read Dr. Slaon's section on circumsion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Felix | 12/10/2013

    " So far I'm loving it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 12/10/2013

    " An excellent look at childbirth procedures throughout history, including the author's personal perspective as a pediatrician. Full of many fascinating facts regarding those hours during labor and immediately following. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this readable history of childbirth from the eyes of a pediatrician. It's definitely given me some things to think about and discuss with Andy regarding our baby's birth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigid | 10/17/2012

    " Very comprehensive look at medicalized birth from a doctor's point of view. Intertwined with some humor makes for a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Kunz | 10/9/2012

    " This book was more a bunch of interesting observations of one doctor than a guide for a mommy-to-be or an interesting compilation of research. Still, I did find it interesting, especially once we got to the author (a pediatrician)'s REAL subject of expertise: the newborn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 6/3/2012

    " very fun and informative read (especially for parents to be). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Tatum | 5/30/2011

    " I loved this book! It's research-based and scientific, yet very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 4/30/2011

    " Great info, balanced tone, and some very funny anecdotes and jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/12/2011

    " So far I love the author's style and tone. This book is a great mix of science and stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Lee | 1/31/2011

    " Here's my review of Birth Day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/12/2010

    " Very good history behind all aspects of giving birth. Especially having just had a baby - interesting contrasts between a hospital birth today and what would have happened over the last 100+ years "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/4/2010

    " A great read with great writing for anybody who wants to know more about birth. I found it balanced and well-researched and I really loved that I started to feel like I knew the author. Fantastic voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/17/2010

    " Less a how-to than a recounting of experiences while in med school/on rotation, as well as some history into how certain birth practices have come into being. Very readable style & funny at times, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 10/12/2010

    " I really liked this book. I found it pretty interesting and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 8/10/2010

    " Enjoyed the first half of this book (history and politics) more than the second half (biology), but would reread it nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tisha | 4/14/2010

    " It had some interesting info in it, but was just too dry and boring for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 1/8/2010

    " Informative book about the fetus and procedures done today and yesterday to help a women through labor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/12/2009

    " I have to admit, I read about 2/3 of this while at my parents' place over the holidays. It wasn't that it was not interesting enough to finish, I've just read a lot of similar material so it become redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 11/6/2009

    " very fun and informative read (especially for parents to be). "

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