The Science and Wonder of Birth
Dr. Mark Sloan, a pediatrician, has been in the trenches (so to speak) of childbirth for 25 years and has been present for more than 3,000 births. Sloan takes readers of BIRTH DAY: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth on a remarkable journey, from the dawn of human history to the quiet efficiency of a modern operating room; from Aristotle and Julius Caesar to a trailblazing, cross-dressing army surgeon; from a recent past filled with the horrors of childbirth gone wrong to our present day, in which every pregnancy is expected to end happily.
Among other fascinating tidbits, BIRTH DAY answers--
What happens to a newborn during the first five minutes of its life? What physical transformations must occur for a fetus, living off an umbilical cord, to become a living, breathing, wailing baby within a few minutes?