Publisher: Meadowbrook Press
Publishing Date: 2016
If you only buy one pregnancy book, this should be the one! It’s the most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy, and tells you what to expect. It offers detailed information, suggestions on decisions to make, and advice on steps to take to have a safe and satisfying experience.
The Award-Winning Resource Recommended by Experts & Loved by Parents
Parents love this book because it puts them in control by explaining a wide range of options, information, and questions to ask, so parents can find what works best for their health situation, personal goals, and priorities.
Experts love this book because it’s based on the latest medical research and recommendations from leading health organizations. It’s practical—rooted in the real-life experiences of new families. The five authors bring a combined total of 150 years of experience working with expectant and new families as educators, nurses, counselors, doulas, physical therapists, and lactation consultants. They have attended hundreds of births, heard thousands of birth stories, and assisted innumerable new parents in adapting to their new lives. Not only that, the authors have a combined total of 12 children and 12 grandchildren. All of this experience allows them to write with compassion, understanding, and wisdom based on what really works in the real-world of parenting.
The companion website offers even more details on select subjects, including lists of all the best resources on each topic and worksheets to guide parents’ decision-making process. The website also includes a bonus chapter on pre-conception, which provides ways to improve your health and fertility before pregnancy begins.
Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1968. She trains childbirth educators, doulas, and doula trainers and frequently conducts workshops for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
I got this book on March 9th, 2016, a few weeks short of finishing up my first pregnancy. Having literally read this book cover to cover, I honest to gods wish I had known of it from the start of my pregnancy. Its very helpful, and something I found myself referring to even after my own son was born for various tips. I do regret that I didn't stick to some of the guns I should have, and that after the child's birth, I didn't read this fully for post-partum information which would have been very helpful, especially almost two months later when I had to go back to the hospital again. What I didn't like when it comes to this book is that its an ARC which means no page numbers throughout the copy I have and no index at the end which will make things easier to look up. Also, if you're looking for a book that focuses heavily on baby's growth, I would still focus on either what to expect when you're expecting or pregnancy weekly guide or the the pregnancy journal because the information about baby development is very scant in the book.
This is for Librarything Early Reviewer program
5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)