Sarah J. Buckley, MD

Sarah J. Buckley, MD, is an Australian family physician with a diploma in family physician (GP) obstetrics. She is the author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The wisdom and science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting. Sarah’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and her blend of solid scientific evidence with anthropological, psychological and experiential perspectives is widely acclaimed. Sarah’s writing has been published in parenting and professional publications worldwide, including Mothering, Midwifery Today and MIDIRS Midwifery Digest (UK) and she has lectured in the US, Canada Australia and New Zealand on these topics. Sarah lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and four children.

“Sarah Buckley is precious, because she is bilingual. She can speak the language of a mother who gave birth to her four children at home. She can also speak like a medical doctor. By intermingling the language of the heart and the scientific language she is driving the history of childbirth towards a radical and inspiring new direction.” Dr. Michel Odent, obstetrician, author and natural birth pioneer

Sarah’s Website

Sarah’s Presentations

Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a series of lectures on the natural processes of birth, and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies. These ground-breaking lectures, based on Sarah’s public talks and conference presentations in the US, Australia and New Zealand, are educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and others. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.  Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Ultrasound Safety and Other Considerations.  In this workshop, Dr. Buckley discusses important questions about the safety of prenatal ultrasound based on scientific research, and suggests ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms from ultrasound.


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The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth. This workshop explores how the delicate and complex hormonal processes of labor provide safety, ease and pleasure, as well as long-term benefits, for mother and baby.  


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Afterbirth: Cord Clamping and Other Third Stage Issues. Featuring the normal processes that happen immediately after birth (third stage) for mother and baby, this presentation examines the impact of interventions such as cord clamping and Pitocin injections, and offers suggestions for optimizing this time for mother and baby.


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When Birth Goes Wrong: The Hormonal Impact of Interventions for Mother and Baby. Referencing the latest scientific research, this workshop focuses on how common birth practices can make birth more difficult and dangerous for mother and baby. The discussion also includes recommendations for enhancing safety and ease in birth.  NOTE:  Dr. Buckley highly recommends viewing The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth prior to viewing this program.


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Epidurals: Impact on Mother and Baby. Dr. Buckley presents important evidence-based information for women and care providers about the effects of epidurals in labor and on the newborn.


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Thinking Twice About Cesarean Surgery. This workshop reveals the latest medical evidence about the risks, benefits and side effects of cesareans, including little-known research on the altered physiology (body processes) of cesarean newborns.


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Cate Colburn-Smith

Cate Colburn-Smith is the co-author of The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business With Babies – and How You Can, Too. Cate has 18 years of experience with IBM in marketing, strategy, business development, management and sales. At IBM, she was recognized for best practice in marketing strategy, and selected for the executive leadership development program. Cate is the founding principal of Moms on Board, an organization that helps employers design and deliver programs to attract and retain valuable working mother talent, and coaches mothers to craft and negotiate flexible work arrangements that deliver employer results while honoring family needs and responsibilities. She has a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado. Cate lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Cate’s Presentation:
Freedom of Expression – Supporting Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace

This informative, inspiring session is for employers and breastfeeding mothers who choose to express milk while working outside the home.New mothers who return to work face two realities that are diametrically opposed:

1.Human breastmilk is vastly superior to formula (and all other substitutes) for infant feeding.
Babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life have superior immune systems, lower rates of a myriad of infant illnesses and infections, and reduced risks of chronic health problems including asthma, allergies, obesity and more. Breastfeeding mothers benefit too, through reduced risk of breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers, and osteoporosis. Despite advertising from formula manufacturers that tries to convince women otherwise, nothing else compares to the advantages of human breastmilk for the human species.

If you wish to view the introduction to this program before purchase, click here.

2.Employers are often unsupportive of mothers expressing breastmilk at work.
Too often, moms returning to work have no clean, private place to express breastmilk, no ability to take pumping “breaks” during the workday, and insufficient support from supervisors or co-workers. Is it any wonder that more than 30% of new mothers give up breastfeeding less than seven weeks after returning to work? While major employers are slowly ramping up support (23% offered lactation programs in 2006, up from 16% in 1999), and 12 states have enacted legislation related to breastfeeding in the workplace, the odds are stacked overwhelmingly against working, breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

What is a working mom to do when her baby’s health, her own wellbeing, and her need for income are pitted against a structured workplace that is insensitive or perplexed about her plight? What is an employer to do when its workers challenge the establishment, demanding new levels of support and flexibility that may be perceived as inconvenient, biased and costly? Cate’s presentation will define specific, practical steps employers can take to support breastfeeding moms, and offer powerful advice for moms to get the space, time and support they need to pump breastmilk at work. This presentation is compelling, thorough and evenhanded, and will enable workplace lactation programs that benefit mothers and employers – in our generation, and the next!

Cost: $15.00

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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