Sunday, May 9, 2010

Book Review- Birth Day by Mark Sloan, MD

Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of ChildbirthI am absolutely loving this book. Not even finished yet, but had to review already. 

One of my best friend's mom sent it to me when she learned I was pregnant. It is written by  a former student of hers. It is an in depth look at delivery and babies. It tells the history of birthing, and goes through the science in a very understandable way. 

If you aren't much into science and knowing the gory details (not that they are that gory) of natural and cesarean births this may not be the book for you. Also, if you don't want to read about difficult or emergency deliveries, you shouldn't pick it up either. The book is all very positive, however, with lots of happy moms and babies. 

I am finding it all very interesting. Of course, I am a bit of a biology nerd. The anatomical changes that must happen within a fetus for them to live outside the womb fascinates me. Also, the changes that have occurred to women during our evolution that has changed the way we have babies is also very interesting. Did you know that apes have easier births than we do all because they are not bipedal? 

You should definitely pick this one up if you are expecting, or know someone who is. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I am.


Source: gift



  1. I'm too early along to see the gory details :) I'm still tryng not to get sick every day!

  2. Stacy- I didn't want to read anything when I was feeling sick all day. Now it is just in the morning off and on. Take care and hope you feel better soon. Congrats, by the way.


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