How can you create conditions that are private, safe and unobserved for yourself during childbirth? This question is a core message behind the work of Dr. Sarah Buckley — author of the best selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering and mother of four home-born children. Dr. Buckley is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
Women were biologically designed to give birth in the wild, and oftentimes, the conventional maternity care system does not effectively support the ancestral and biological needs of a woman during childbirth. Dr. Buckley spent seven years researching and synthesizing the scientific evidence on the hormonal physiology of childbearing. She found that the science confirms the innate wisdom of a laboring woman — following your intuition can allow your hormones to guide you on the pathway to a healthy, gentle birth.
In this episode, we unpack how women can tune into their innate birthing wisdom as Dr. Buckley guides us through the hormonal physiology from pregnancy all the way through to the first days spent with their newborn baby. We discuss preparing for labor, hormonal gaps, choosing a healthcare provider, breastfeeding, bed sharing and so much more. Enjoy!
- Show introduction:
- Why Daniel's excited about Yaupon tea
- Chewstick update
- Hunt + gather updates: blueberries, mackerel fishing, clamming & upcoming Florida freediving trip
- Q&A: Daniel's opinion on sustainably-harvested coffee
- Q&A: Call to listeners for child-friendly resources with a "rewilding mindset"
- Introducing Dr. Sarah Buckley
- Sarah’s background
- Modern medical research validating traditional birthing wisdom
- Designed to give birth in the wild
- Institutionalizing the birthing process
- Pre-labor physiological preparations
- Defining a hormonal gap
- Setting yourself for the least amount of hormonal gap
- Listening to your intuition when choosing a healthcare provider
- What to do when hormonal gaps happen during birth
- Is there an appropriate length of time to breastfeed?
- Thoughts on bed sharing — a baby’s ancestral hardwiring
- Sarah’s mission statement
- What most excites Sarah in the field of birth care
- Sarah’s prognosis for the future of the human species
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RESOURCES FROM THIS SHOW:
- ReWild Yourself Podcast: The Ecstatic Hormonal High of Childbearing - Dr. Sarah Buckley #35
- Michel Odent
- Michel Odent's books
- Hormonal Physiology Of Childbearing (Sarah's report - find summaries and additional resources at this link)
- ReWild Yourself Podcast: Human Milk is the Human Norm - Jennifer Grayson #134
- Sarah's blog: Epidurals in Labour Part One and Part Two
- Katherine Ann Dettwyler
- Dr. James McKenna
- Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone, by James J. McKenna. in Neuroanthropology, 2008.
- Safe Cosleeping Guidelines
- Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)
- Parenting for a Peaceful World by Robin Grille
- Video: Robin Grille: Parenting for a Peaceful World
- Video: Parenting for A Peaceful World with Kindred media
Connect with Sarah:
- Sarah's E-book, Ecstatic Birth: Nature's Hormonal Blueprint for Labour
- Undisturbed Birth DVD
- Sarah on Facebook | Twitter @SarahJBuckley
Dr. Sarah Buckley — author of the best selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering — is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland.
Dr. Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. She encourages us to be fully informed in our decision-making; to listen to our hearts and our intuition; and to claim our rightful role as the real experts in our bodies and our children