English Summary/英文概要： 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.
Chinese Summary/中文概要： “没人比Dr. Mark Sloan将婴儿从母亲体内到呱呱坠地靠自己呼吸，这段惊奇又复杂的历程描写的更完美、更清楚了。
——Judith P. Rooks, CNM, author of Midwifery& Childbirth in America
——Adair Lara, author of Hold Me Close, Let me Go
——Donald Caton, M.D.Emeritus Professor of Anesthesia, University of Florida, and author of What a Blessing She Had Chloroform
——Katrina Firlik, MD, author of Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life On the Inside
Awards/获奖情况： “Sloan covers a lot of ground, and it’s clear he’s read widely and done a lot of research in a variety of disciplines, from anthropology to world history… well-researched and funny… Birth Day is an excellent primer from an engaging author.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Sloan, who practices in Northern California, is a graceful writer, and his narrative, like the works of Jerome Groopman, flows easily between memoir, anecdotal reporting and hard science… Anyone interested in the complex and, yes, miraculous way we all make it into this world will find lots to wonder over and ponder here.”
––The Washington Post
“California pediatrician Sloan has helped deliver more than 3,000 babies, and he marvelously captures the precarious nature of childbirth—both its joys and anxieties—while treating readers to an informal and captivating history of the medical practices surrounding birth in America.”
––Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)
“What boosts Sloan’s book above other pediatrician memoirs is his Captain Kangaroo-like humor and compassion… With its crisp and upbeat tone, Sloan’s book is good company for parents experienced and prospective alike.”
“No one has described the intricate timing and sequence of a baby’s miracle transition from inside its mother to breathing on its own more clearly or beautifully than Dr. Mark Sloan, who has focused on the baby during thousands of births and understands what needs to happen, and what can go wrong. Sloan covers the various approaches to pain-management during labor and their effects on both mother and child, and he supports adding nitrous oxide—safe and widely used for labor in so many other countries—to the very limited alternatives now available to women in America.”
––Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MPH, author of Midwifery & Childbirth in America
“I have given birth twice, but until this book never grasped the true wonder of what happens to mother and child during childbirth. An amazing, tender, funny book about our bigheaded species.”
––Adair Lara, author of Hold Me Close, Let me Go
“Birth Day is a wonderful book. Dr. Sloan has accomplished the impossible, combining the history, biology, sociology and medicine of childbirth into an informative, yet amusing, story. Expectant parents will find this book useful and reassuring. So will physicians. Personal stories of medical school, resident training and practice that Dr. Sloan incorporated into this narrative brought back memories and elicited many smiles. Birth Day is a ’must’ for new parents and for professionals.”
--Donald Caton, M.D.
California pediatrician Sloan has helped deliver more than 3,000 babies, and he marvelously captures the precarious nature of childbirth—both its joys and its anxieties—while treating readers to an informal and captivating history of the medical practices surrounding birth in America. Sloan shares his first bumbled attempts at delivering babies as an intern, which leads him into reflect on why doctors persist in having women lie down to give birth when standing or squatting are better physical postures for it. Sloan ranges surely and splendidly over epidurals, cesarean births, premature birth and neonatal nurseries, as well as the state of an infant’s five senses at birth. For example, he points out that the fetus not only smells the foods its mother eats, it remembers them after birth and tends to like what it remembers. Sloan counsels that women cannot prepare for labor, because events change rapidly during the process. He advises women to surround themselves with the people they love: “unlike other labor pain relievers she may choose, their benefits will last the rest of her life.”
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW.