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Book cover - Permission to Mother - Denise Punger, MD

Permission to Mother: Going Beyond the Standard-of-Care to Nurture Our Children

Denise Punger, M.D. is a GreenSmoothieGirl 12 Stepper and a brave new voice in modern medicine. She’s a board certified doctor married to another medical doctor, but she’s also a mother who has breastfed for 12 years and delivered her last baby via home birth. She’s an advocate of home birth, doulas, breastfeeding, and trusting a mother’s instincts. Her Permission to Mother: Going Beyond the Standard-of-Care to Nurture Our Children is an important book for young mothers to own.

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Why do you need permission to mother? The “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 Go to the website at: twofloridadocs.com.

What is there that is new that can be said about breastfeeding? “Denise Punger surprised me and there is alot that is new for me. It is so personal a document. I am fascinated by some of the things she says. I particularly like the reasons for bedsharing… The “safe ” way, the way we approach breastfeeding, is not really the safe way. (It) robs many women of the extraordinary experience that breastfeeding can be, and the pleasure it usually gives to both the baby and the mother… Denise’s book shows what can be done if we give breastfeeding a chance; the issue is finding the right approach for the baby (and mother) instead of a one size fits all approach that is to often the usual way.” Jack Newman, MD, author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers

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Weight1.1 lbs
Dimensions10 x 0.6 x 7 in


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