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Mark Sloan - Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth

Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth by Mark Sloan

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Tags: Audio Book, CD, Biography and Autobiography, Autobiography
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Genre: Biography and Autobiography
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 125923
Product Format: CD
ISBN: 9781598594942
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Content Type: Audio Book
Cat. Code: 9781598594942
Release Date: 02 Mar 2009

"I delivered twenty babies in the summer of 1977. I was hardly more than a baby myself, just turned twenty-four 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.

Paediatrician, husband, and father, the author has attended nearly three thousand births since that long-ago summer, encountering everything from routine deliveries to tense labour-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.

Some of Birth Day's many topics include: The first five minutes of life--scuba divers, astronauts, and the amazing adaptations that transform a foetus into an air-breathing, out-in-the-world baby.
Cesarean section--a look at its origins, its future, and how it came to be the most frequently performed operation in American hospitals.
The five senses at birth--does light enter the womb? How loud is it in there? What is a newborn baby searching for with those first anxious glances?














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