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I have only positive things to say about Permission to Mother, an autobiographical account of a thoughtful mother and clinician who courageously writes from her heart, soul, brain, and personal experience; who is open to change in her views and opinions and is not guided by the safety of rules of any group or the status quo; she is guided by love and openness to the experiences life brings her and her family. Her process benefits her and those around her and those who read her words. And to add to that, the writing style and story telling ability here make it a very enjoyable read speckled with both the humor and seriousness of life. ~Laura Keegan RN FNP, author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Where to find Permission to Mother

Permission to Mother ships for free through and

(You can trust the free shipping option, I use it all the time.)

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Copies are ALSO available through my store here for 24.95 if you pick up. We will ship, too. Maybe I'll autograph it for you. :)

Save $5.00 off backcover price by picking up book in person. Code "pick up" before check out.

The publisher has a wholesale ordering form for bulk orders here. This is a great book for your store or classes.

Check upcoming conferences and events to see if there are other locations and opportunities to pick up the book at reduced rates in person.

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.
Illustrated by the author (and friends) with 65 interior black & white photographs of gorgeous pregnancy photography, doula-attended labor support, mothers and breastfed babies, and home-centered parenting. This book is compliant with the World Health Organization Code for Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes. The author supports the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.
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Wife to the Rockstar said...

YAY YAY YAY. I am SO excited to read this book!!!!!!!!!

Carla said...

Congratulations! I just added it to my Amazon wish list--will order it soon. Very exciting!

Jen said...

I cannot wait to read it! I am ordering it ASAP (for myself and others!)

Natalie said...

I was wondering when this would be available. I can't wait to read it!

flminivanmama said...

mazel tov!!!

crispy said...

Congrats...what an accomplishment. BTW, love the title. It covers so much.

Scarlett_333 said...

Congrats! That is so exciting :)


Becky R said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I just ordered it via Amazon. Can I link this post in my blog, I feel some of my reader's could benefit from your book as well. -Becky

Lauren said...

Way to go! I'll be looking forward to getting it in the mail. :)

Permission to Mother said...

Yes, Becky, you may link this post to your blog. Thanks for letting me know.

I am way behind in reading, really reading, all the above blogs. Imagine that! Thanks for all your support and referrals.

Very appreciative,

Becky R said...

I just got my book, I can't wait to read it. -Becky

Lauren said...

I got my book today, too. Mike and I have been enjoying reading it!!!

Jen said...

So I finally get a chance to really post about the book. I actually got my book rather quickly (probably around the time Mary recieved hers from what you described). I skimmed around in the book at first, then I read the suggestion to read cover to cover. I finally got a chance to do this... and I did not sleep until I had done so because once I started I could not put the book down!
Reading you book was like a healing process for me. I started out being really sucked in by curiousity of how you came to be the doctor that you are. I was intrigued and enlightened by the experieces and feelings you described through your years of medical school and as a practicing doctor before you yourself became a parent. I think it is amazing you are so brave by allowing yourself to be so vulnerable to your readers. I think the number one reason I have always disliked doctors so much is because I always felt like they hide behind their plaques and came off as being almost in-human. You are absolutely an exception to this rule and I commend you and thank you for your honesty.
Then I read on in the book and emotions overwhelmed me. I felt like I was right there with you experiencing your birth experiences as they were happening. It was so validating for me as I related so well to how you described your first birth experience with William. And it was encouraging to read that I too may someday be able to heal the wounds that are definitely still bleeding because a good birth experience is possible and empowering!
Congratulations to you again on your success!
and sorry for the long-winded post i probably should have just made it an email.
p.s. i have already loaned my copy out but once i get it back i would love for you to sign it!

bassethouse said...

Congratulations Dr. Punger!!! I will be picking up a copy at my son's (who was born at home unassisted!!!) next appointment!

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