Sarah’s articles

Giving Birth at Home (2010)

An introduction to the safety and benefits of homebirth, this article gives information to help you decide if homebirth might be right for you and your family.

BONUS: Watch the video introduction featuring Sarah, her firstborn Emma and special guest Maia discussing homebirth

Pain in Labour: Your Hormones are your Helpers (updated for 2010)

A simple overview of your amazing birthing hormones, and how they are designed to help you and your baby to labour and birth with ease, pleasure and safety. For more detail, about your body’s superb design for labour and birth, download Sarah’s Ecstatic Birth ebook here

Leaving Well Alone: A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour (2005*)

The third stage – from when the mother births her baby to when she delivers her baby’s placenta – is often rushed and hurried for both mother and baby. This article explores the significance of this time for mother and baby, the drugs and procedures commonly used, and the dangers associated with early clamping of the baby’s cord. A completely revised and updated version of this article is available in Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Ultrasound Scans: Cause For Concern (2005*)

Most babies are exposed to ultrasound in the womb, but it is safe and helpful? This paper poses questions about the safety of ultrasound, based on decades of published scientific literature. A completely revised and updated version of this article is available in Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Epidurals: Risks and Concerns for Mothers and Babies (2005*)

Many women choose to have an epidural to help with pain during labor, but may not realize that choosing an epidural also can create complications for themselves and their babies. Dr Buckley’s article gives the best medical evidence to help women to make an informed choice in this important area.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Another Perspective (2005*)

For new parents in our culture, getting a good night’s sleep is usually linked with persuading our babies to ‘sleep through’ the night. This article questions that assumption, and provides support and suggestions for gentle approaches to family sleep. More information about the science and wisdom of sleeping with your baby is available in Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Ten Tips for Safe Sleeping (Updated for 2010)

Whether your baby sleeps in a cot, bassinet, crib, “side car”, or bed-shares next to you, there are some general principles that will make your baby’s sleep as safe as possible. Excerpted from Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Healing Birth, Healing the Earth (2005*)

Sarah’s powerful essay on the lessons of birth – passion, love, power and surrender – and the healing that we can experience, individually and globally, through respecting and reclaiming this ancient rite.

Maia’s Birth: A Family Celebration (2005*)

Sarah tells the exquisite story of the birth of her fourth baby Maia Rose. Sarah chose to rely on her own knowledge and instincts with this pregnancy and birth, and the whole family had a surprise at the end!

Lotus Birth: A Ritual for our Times (Updated for 2010)

This introduction to lotus birth (non-severance of the cord) includes the history and benefits of this new practice and Sarah’s own lotus birth experiences with Zoe, Jacob and Maia. Includes Lotus birth links and resources..

For more about the amazing placenta, see “Jacob’s Placenta” in: Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Attachment Parenting (2005*)

A delightful introduction to the simplicity and wisdom of attachment parenting, where we accept that mother and baby need to be physically and emotionally close, ideal for new and experienced parents alike.

For more information about the benefits of attachment parenting for your baby’s development and lifelong wellbeing, see Chapter 11 “Love, Attachment and your Baby’s Brain” in: Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Mothering, Mindfulness and a Baby’s Bottom: An Introduction to Elimination Communication (2005*)

Do you know that most babies around the world don’t wear nappies/diapers? Have you ever considered that even very small babies may be able to communicate their elimination needs? This article will tell you the why and how of this very logical and enjoyable practice.

*Asterixed articles are selected from the first edition of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, published in Australia in 2005. For the latest updates on these and many other topics, see the new (2009) edition of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

Sarah also has a growing list of ebook-audio packages, with a wealth of topics from Sarah’s books and talks, all updated with new resources, research and information. The package includes an in-depth one-hour-plus talk on mp3. Look out for your favourite topics here.