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Sarah J. Buckley, M.D.

Dr. Sarah J Buckley is a 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,

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.

Her bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, published by Celestial Arts (US, 2009), builds on her acclaimed first edition, published in Australia as Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting One Moon Press, Brisbane, 2005).

Dr. Buckley’s writing has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, US, and other countries, including: The Age newspaper (Melbourne, Australia), Mothering magazine (US), MIDIRS Midwifery Digest (UK), Midwifery Today (US), Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (US); The Practicing Midwife (UK); The Mother (UK), The Green Parent (UK); Juno (UK) Byron Child/Kindred magazine (Aus), Natural Parenting (Aus), Mother and Baby (Aus); Playtimes (Aus); Wellbeing (Aus/NZ), Nexus (Aus/NZ), Living Now (Aus), The Australian newspaper (Aus), Birthspirit Midwifery (NZ) and The Complete Mother (Canada). See below for a fuller list

Dr.  Buckley’s work has been incorporated into parenting books including Mothering Your Nursing Toddler (Norma Jane Bumgarner, US 2000); Lotus Birth by Shivam Rachana, (Australia, 2000); Loving Mama (edited by Tiffany Pallisi, US 2004); What Babies and Children Really Need (Sally Goddard Blyth, UK, 2008) and Heart to Heart Parenting (Robin Grille, Australia 2008). ). She has also written the forewords for The Wild Feminine (Tami Lynn Kent, US 2008) and the bestselling Pregnancy and Childbirth Secrets (Gail Dahl, Canada 2007)

She has contributed to professional texts including Midwifery Best Practice Volumes 4 and 5 (Edited by Sara Wickham, UK 2004 and 2009); Sharing Midwifery Knowledge: Tricks of the Trade Volume 4 (Midwifery Today, US 2004); and Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care (Edited by Denis Walsh and Soo Downe, UK, 2010).

Dr. Buckley has presented at numerous conferences in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada, lecturing to midwives, nurses, physicians, obstetricians, doulas, and childbirth educators as well as mothers and fathers.

She has been interviewed on issues related to birth and mothering for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, and also for educational and birth-related DVDs. Dr. Buckley is a member of several international editorial boards.

Her work has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Polish, Hungarian and Estonian.

To read Dr. Buckley’s complete professional and personal biography, please visit

Can birth really be natural and safe for you and your baby?

How does the superb design of your female body enhance safety, ease and pleasure in labour and birth?

Can a gentle birth give the best possible start in life, leading to profound and pleasurable experiences in the early days, weeks and months for all involved?

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering answers your important question and gives you the information you need to create a safe, satisfying, and gentle start to family life. Dr Sarah Buckley, family physician and mother of four, shares the science as well as the wisdom of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting.

For further information about this book, please visit

Also by Sarah J. Buckley, M.D.
Giving birth at home is a safe and satisfying choice for families who want the best possible start for themselves and their babies.

Families who choose homebirth have a much higher chance of enjoying a natural birth, and a much lower chance of experiencing unnecessary medical procedures, with outcomes that are just as safe, compared to healthy mothers and babies birthing in hospital.

Dr. Buckley’s comprehensive Giving Birth at Home e-book and audio package includes all you need to make the decision and to set up your homebirth.

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