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

Dr Buckley’s interest in birth was shared by her late father, Tim Buckley, and grandfather HF (“Buck”) Buckley, both of whom practiced as family physician/GP-obstetricians in her hometown: Whangarei, New Zealand. Both Sarah’s father Tim and mother Nola were born at home, with Nola’s birth attended by her father’s mother as midwife.

Sarah trained in medicine at Otago University and as a family physician in Palmerston North, New Zealand before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 1987, where she worked in community health, general/family practice and with Dr Peter Lucas at Wattle Park House — a homebirth general practice — for several years. Sarah holds a Diploma in Obstetrics and a based International College of Spiritual Midwifery (ICSM)certificate in Family Planning and is a member of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

Her understanding of birth and mothering as a journey of transformation has evolved from her own experiences, and has deepened through her participation, ongoing since 1992, in women’s circles with Shivam Rachana (author of the book Lotus Birth) and the Melbourne-, of which she is a founding member.

She has experienced almost everything that she writes about, including instinctive pregnancy; ecstatic birth; attachment parenting, co-sleeping, long-term breastfeeding (Sarah has enjoyed being pregnant and/or breastfeeding for more than 15 years), lotus birth, raising babies without nappies/diapers, yoga in pregnancy and mothering, and gentle discipline.

Her personal interests and hobbies include yoga and meditation, which she has practiced for over 20 years; natural family health and healing; camping; bushwalking/hiking, swimming; world music; and dancing.

Sarah lives in the semi-rural outskirts of Brisbane (Australia) with her beloved, Nicholas and their children Emma (now studying journalism in Melbourne), Zoe, Jacob, and Maia, along with their dog Whoopi, two rats, six chickens and a large number of goldfish.