Why Do You Need Permission to Mother?
"Standard-of-Care" is a legal term, the level at which the average, prudent provider in a given community would practice.
It is how similarly qualified practitioners would manage a patient's care under the same or similar circumstances.
Sadly enough, the standard-of-care legally protects only the provider
(the physician or hospital) and is not necessarily in the best emotional, physical, or spiritual interest of the consumer
(the patient). Dr. Punger’s personal experience brought this to her attention. She has experienced a doula-attended
hospital birth without intervention, working while tandem nursing, tandem nursing beyond the toddler years, and perhaps most
dramatically, a footling breech birth at home.
Included are other women’s experience's
that go beyond the status quo. All stories have one feature in common: Dr. Punger goes beyond the medical standard-of-care
that too often imposes on a women’s right to mother to the fullest.
Through her warm, attachment feel
stories about her own mothering journey and the inspiring women she is in close contact with, Dr. Punger gives you
permission—to birth just the way you want to and to breastfeed for how long you (and your baby) want to.
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An excerpt from the foreword by Bernadette
Clark RN CD(DONA)
"The classic you are about to read
will take you along Dr. Punger’s personal journey from medical school training to home-centered parenting. Dr. Punger
skillfully weaves her subjective experience as a mother with her clinical expertise as a family physician and international
board certified lactation consultant. She examines birth and its outcomes in various elements, hospital and home, with and
without professional doula support. Breastfeeding from the first moments of life to beyond the typical weaning years is chronicled
together with the joys and difficulties women encounter personally and socially in feeding their young. Dr. Punger has a way
with putting life into words we can all relate to. She has amassed information covering a large, but very related set of mothering
topics. If I could only put her words of wisdom in a nutshell and pour it into the hearts and minds of each of my “mothers,”
this world would be a better place."