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Miscarriage affects almost 1 million women in the United States every year. Yet each woman experiencing a pregnancy loss often…feels alone and full of questions about the process and the aftermath. And today&’s health care system is simply not designed to shepherd a woman and her family through the loss with the information and understanding they need. A woman needs an experienced hand to help guide her through one of the most painful experiences of her life. Having experienced two miscarriages of her own, Dr. Kate&’s provides women and their families with the two things sorely missing from their experience: detailed answers to their questions about miscarriage, and support and guidance through the healing process. Your Guide to Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss; Hope and healing when you&’re no longer expecting takes a woman through the journey of miscarriage diagnosis and treatment. It addresses all types of pregnancy loss—like ectopic and molar pregnancies, as well as ones that are often overlooked by the media and other books. Filled with accessible information, frequently asked questions and answers, and methods for coping with grief, the book empowers women undergoing pregnancy loss to take control over their experience. Written from the perspective of a medical professional who has cared for women having miscarriages for more than 20 years and a woman who has experienced two miscarriages herself, Dr. Kate&’s Your Guide to Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss; Hope and healing when you&’re no longer expecting is an earnest conversation between doctor and reader that provides compassion and guidance, as well as hope for a woman&’s future pregnancy efforts.
Now updated! The new edition of this best-selling guide uses science to tackle some of the most important decisions facing…new parents—from sleep training and vaccinations to breastfeeding and baby food.Is cosleeping safe? How important is breastfeeding? Are food allergies preventable? Should we be worried about the aluminum in vaccines? Searching for answers to these tough parenting questions can yield a deluge of conflicting advice. In this revised and expanded edition of The Science of Mom, Alice Callahan, a science writer whose work appears in the New York Times and the Washington Post, recognizes that families must make their own decisions and gives parents the tools to evaluate the evidence for themselves. Sharing the latest scientific research on raising healthy babies, she covers topics like the microbiome, attachment, vaccine safety, pacifiers, allergies, increasing breast milk production, and choosing an infant formula.
By Barbara Canida, Katie Tamony. 1995
By Nadine Edwards. 1994
Birthing Autonomy brings some balance to the difficult arguments that arise from debates about home births, and focuses on women’s views and…their experiences of planning home births. It provides an in-depth exploration of how women make decisions about home births and what aspects matter most to them. Comparing how differently the pros and cons of home births are constructed and contemplated by mothers and by the medical profession, the book looks at how current obstetric thinking and practices can disempower and harm women emotionally and spiritually as well as physically. Written in an accessible style, this book is enlightening for student and practicing midwives and obstetricians, as well as researchers and students of nursing, medical sociology, health studies, gender studies, feminist practitioners and theorists. It will also be invaluable to expectant mothers who want to be more informed about the choices they are facing and the wider context within which their birth options are considered.
Trying to get pregnant? You&’ll want this book in your arsenal! Joining the ranks with pregnancy experts such as Heidi…Murkoff, Dr. Avena is back and here to help. Making a healthy baby begins with healthy ingredients. Learn how to hack your diet to increase fertility—getting your body into the best baby-making shape—in only four weeks! The latest research reveals that by optimizing nutrition, you can boost your chances of conceiving and having a safe, healthy pregnancy and baby. But with so much information out there, how can you make sure you&’re getting the nutrients you need to maximize fertility and avoiding the seemingly healthy foods that could be interfering with fertility? In this comprehensive guide, diet and nutrition expert and research neuroscientist Dr. Nicole Avena offers revolutionary science-based advice for women and men who are either thinking about having a baby, already trying, or dealing with fertility issues. Dr. Avena pares down the research so that you can apply the new science to your real life, including valuable information such as: *What nutrients are specifically tied to fertility and pregnancy, how much of each you need, why you need it, and which food sources are best *Which plant-based protein sources promote pregnancy without disrupting hormone levels *Why men&’s fertility is just as important as women&’s, and which foods can increase sperm motility and health *How to add pregnancy-friendly fats to your diet *The truth about the link between body weight and fertility . . . and much more, including a 4-week plan to get you started on the path to parenthood. A psychologist and mother herself, Dr. Avena also offers practical advice, as well as 40 delicious, simple recipes that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle to create the best environment for your baby-to-be—one that will positively impact the whole family, all while feeling better than you&’ve ever felt.
Discover tried-and-tested techniques to help you relax during labour, so that you can work with your body for an empowering,…positive birth.Birth is a natural and normal event and, while it can be unpredictable, this book will show you how you can make it a gentle and enjoyable experience. In The Calm Birth Method, hypnobirthing expert Suzy Ashworth helps you to build confidence in your body and its abilities, and shares practical techniques to support you so that, no matter what happens, you feel prepared.Walking you and your birth partner through the whole process of birth preparation, Suzy explores: •Why many women feel so scared of giving birth and how to eliminate these fears during pregnancy •How relaxing your mind and body during birth transforms your physiology •Practical tools and techniques to promote deep relaxation and mindfulness •How to unify birth partners and care providers, to ensure the birthing environment is stress-free and has the most conducive set up for a calm and relaxing birth •Breathing techniques and visualizations to help with the sensations of birthTake the power back into your own hands so that you can learn to trust your body, and look forward to welcoming your child into the world with confidence.
By Bethany Warren, Beth Creager Berger. 2021
This book helps you throughout your pregnancy and postpartum/postnatal recovery. By helping you understand what you are feeling, and teaching…you empirically validated new skills so you can manage your changing moods, you can work toward feeling better. Becoming a new parent is one of the biggest changes one can face in life. You are experiencing enormous changes biologically, hormonally, and emotionally. Your whole life may seem uprooted. It makes sense that you might be feeling significant mood changes as well. With one out of five mothers and one out of ten partners experiencing depression and anxiety when having a baby, this workbook will remind you that you are not alone. This workbook is written with sleep-deprived new parents in mind, providing helpful information in short, digestible segments. These are intermixed with thought-provoking activities such as brief journaling prompts and suggestions for tangible steps to make small, realistic changes. You can pick it up and put it down, reading it on your timing, without the information becoming overwhelming. The workbook covers the entire range of mood symptoms, from the Baby Blues, to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and more. The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook uses inclusive language and content applicable to all new parents. There are chapters uniquely dedicated to building attachment, managing awful thoughts, bringing awareness to your partner's mental health, parenting babies in the NICU or with medical issues, and exploring culture, identity, and mental health. There is also a resource section with a wide array of support available to meet the needs of any parent. Adoptive and single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual parents, as well as clinicians and birth workers will find this book to be an invaluable resource.
By Liz Flavell. 2020
Embarrassment can do one! This entertaining guide to puberty gives you all the information you need to hold your head…up and enter puberty armed with solid facts. Puberty need not be scary and unknown. With a colourful and cool design, and bite-size text with attention-grabbing numbers and visuals, find out the facts and stats behind growing up, from how much extra hair you'll grow, to how puberty might make you feel, and what happens when puberty hormones kick in. Written in a straightforward, down-to-earth way, this book will give you all the information you need to understand and be reassured by any changes puberty throws at you. The book emphasises body positivity and reassures you that everything you are experiencing is totally normal! It also includes a section on gender identity and sexuality. For children aged 9+, this book is an excellent resource for the PSHE curriculum, and the 2020 RSE curriculum, including consent. While it is perfect for parents, teachers and carers to use for discussion topics, it is also accessible for children to read for themselves.
By Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel. 2017
A completely revised and updated edition of America’s pregnancy bible, the longest-running New York Times bestseller ever. With 18.5 million…copies in print, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is read by 93% of women who read a pregnancy book and was named one of the “Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years” by USA Today. This cover-to-cover (including the cover!) new edition is filled with must-have information, advice, insight, and tips for a new generation of moms and dads. With What to Expect’s trademark warmth, empathy, and humor, it answers every conceivable question expecting parents could have, including dozens of new ones based on the ever-changing pregnancy and birthing practices and choices they face. Advice for dads is fully integrated throughout the book. <P><P> All medical coverage is completely updated, including the latest on Zika virus, prenatal screening, and the safety of medications during pregnancy, as well as a brand-new section on postpartum birth control. Current lifestyle trends are incorporated, too: juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, push presents, baby bump posting, the lowdown on omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed and organic, health food fads, and GMOs. Plus expanded coverage of IVF pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, breastfeeding while pregnant, water and home births, and cesarean trends (including VBACs and “gentle cesareans”).
The Science of Mom blogger makes sense of research studies for new mothers.It seems like every time a new mother…turns on her computer, radio, or television, she is greeted with news of yet another scientific study about infancy. Ignoring good information isn’t the right course, but just how does one tell the difference between solid studies, preliminary results, and snake oil? In this friendly guide through the science of infancy, Science of Mom blogger and PhD scientist Alice Callahan explains how non-scientist mothers can learn the difference between hype and evidence. Readers of Alice’s blog have come to trust her balanced approach, which explains the science that lies behind headlines. The Science of Mom is a fascinating, eye-opening, and extremely informative exploration of the topics that generate discussion and debate in the media and among parents. From breastfeeding to vaccines to sleep, Alice’s advice will help you make smart choices so that you can relax and enjoy your baby.
By Jacqueline H. Wolf. 2018
Why have cesarean sections become so commonplace in the United States?Between 1965 and 1987, the cesarean section rate in the…United States rose precipitously—from 4.5 percent to 25 percent of births. By 2009, one in three births was by cesarean, a far higher number than the 5–10% rate that the World Health Organization suggests is optimal. While physicians largely avoided cesareans through the mid-twentieth century, by the early twenty-first century, cesarean section was the most commonly performed surgery in the country. Although the procedure can be lifesaving, how—and why—did it become so ubiquitous?Cesarean Section is the first book to chronicle this history. In exploring the creation of the complex social, cultural, economic, and medical factors leading to the surgery's increase, Jacqueline H. Wolf describes obstetricians' reliance on assorted medical technologies that weakened the skills they had traditionally employed to foster vaginal birth. She also reflects on an unsettling malpractice climate—prompted in part by a raft of dubious diagnoses—that helped to legitimize "defensive medicine," and a health care system that ensured cesarean birth would be more lucrative than vaginal birth. In exaggerating the risks of vaginal birth, doctors and patients alike came to view cesareans as normal and, increasingly, as essential. Sweeping change in women's lives beginning in the 1970s cemented this markedly different approach to childbirth. Wolf examines the public health effects of a high cesarean rate and explains how the language of reproductive choice has been used to discourage debate about cesareans and the risks associated with the surgery. Drawing on data from nineteenth- and early twentieth-century obstetric logs to better represent the experience of cesarean surgery for women of all classes and races, as well as interviews with obstetricians who have performed cesareans and women who have given birth by cesarean, Cesarean Section is the definitive history of the use of this surgical procedure and its effects on women's and children's health in the United States.
By Richard Siegenfeld. 2012
Addresses concerns, confusion, and misinformation about epidurals and other childbirth anesthesia.The majority of women giving birth in the United States…receive an epidural during labor and delivery; many others receive a spinal block. The Epidural Book fully explains anesthesia used during labor and vaginal delivery or C-section, with an emphasis on epidurals. Dr. Richard Siegenfeld answers pregnant women's questions, including • Who administers epidurals and spinal blocks and when?• How does anesthesia affect both the mother and the baby?• Under what circumstances should a woman avoid an epidural?• What happens during the recovery period?• What problems can arise?Written by an experienced anesthesiologist, The Epidural Book is lighthearted and informative. This easy-to-read guide helps an expectant mother prepare for her all-important day.
By Jacqueline H. Wolf. 2009
Despite today's historically low maternal and infant mortality rates in the United States, labor continues to evoke fear among American…women. Rather than embrace the natural childbirth methods promoted in the 1970s, most women welcome epidural anesthesia and even Cesarean deliveries. In Deliver Me from Pain, Jacqueline H. Wolf asks how a treatment such as obstetric anesthesia, even when it historically posed serious risk to mothers and newborns, paradoxically came to assuage women's anxiety about birth.Each chapter begins with the story of a birth, dramatically illustrating the unique practices of the era being examined. Deliver Me from Pain covers the development and use of anesthesia from ether and chloroform in the mid-nineteenth century; to amnesiacs, barbiturates, narcotics, opioids, tranquilizers, saddle blocks, spinals, and gas during the mid-twentieth century; to epidural anesthesia today.Labor pain is not merely a physiological response, but a phenomenon that mothers and physicians perceive through a historical, social, and cultural lens. Wolf examines these influences and argues that medical and lay views of labor pain and the concomitant acceptance of obstetric anesthesia have had a ripple effect, creating the conditions for acceptance of other, often unnecessary, and sometimes risky obstetric treatments: forceps, the chemical induction and augmentation of labor, episiotomy, electronic fetal monitoring, and Cesarean section.As American women make decisions about anesthesia today, Deliver Me from Pain offers them insight into how women made this choice in the past and why each generation of mothers has made dramatically different decisions.
By Carley Roney. 2010
Becoming pregnant is hugely exciting, but with so many things to think about, it can also be a bit overwhelming.…Ease all worries with The Baby Bump, a comprehensive guide that offers expert and real mom advice on surviving those all-important nine months. Featuring tips and advice on everything future moms really want to knowincluding what is safe to eat, how the baby develops week by week, and what to expect in the delivery room--reading this book is like chatting with a been-there, done-that best friend. The Baby Bump offers a wealth of fun features such as Birth Plan Checklists, a Kick Count Tracker, and a Work Your Wardrobe outfit assembly guide. It's the must-have resource for any mom-to-be.
By Dr A. Christine Harris. 2016
A new and updated edition of the bestselling pregnancy guide of all time--and #1 girlfriend recommendation--is packed with daily entries…on baby's development and the most up-to-date health and nutrition advice for both mom and baby. With a slightly refreshed cover, this one-of-a-kind guide is the ultimate resource for today's expecting mother.
By Rhonda Marriot, Doreen Nelson, Tracy Reibel. 2021
This is a unique book of Noongar and Yaatji mothers' accounts of their birthing experiences. These Elder and Senior women…have generously shared their stories as a legacy for their families and communities, and as an educational tool for midwives.
By Michele C. Moore, Caroline M. de Costa. 2006
More and more women are having babies after the age of thirty-five and experiencing the joy of motherhood. But mothers-to-be…in this age group sometimes face unique medical, emotional, and social challenges. Conception may be difficult and the risk of miscarriage during early pregnancy is higher, as is the potential for complications such as hypertension and diabetes. And having a child later in life can also be surprisingly disruptive to well-established domestic routines and carefully cultivated careers. Michele Moore and Caroline de Costa—two physicians who have been down this road themselves—offer reliable medical expertise and personal reassurance to women tackling these challenges. Pregnancy and Parenting after Thirty-Five covers a broad range of issues for mothers in mid life, from the possibility of Cesarean section to the awkwardness of being the oldest mom at PTA meetings to the joy of holding your infant in your arms. Incorporating the stories of real women who have gone through mid-life pregnancy, Moore and de Costa have created a valuable resource that will help other women do so realistically and with confidence. One of the few books devoted to prospective mothers over thirty-five, this one also includes information on surrogacy, adoption, and the first few months of being a new mother.
By Becky Alexander. 2010
If you would like to celebrate the arrival of a new baby with friends and family, but are looking for…an alternative to a traditional christening, this is the book for you. Civil weddings have been popular for a long time, but you can now have a Civil Naming ceremony for your child, held either at your local registry office, or at any venue of your choice. As there is no legal requirement, you can hold the party at home, in your garden, or at any venue you like. You can host the event yourselves, or ask a registered celebrant to host the event. This book contains lots of ideas to make your civil naming ceremony memorable and unique to your family. There are ideas for poems, readings, music, themes, and special ideas for how to mark the occasion. Everyone can get involved; grandparents, siblings, and specially nominated adults who can act as guardians. There are readings suitable for all. This book includes: - How to plan the naming party and ceremony - Ideas for indoors and outdoors decor, plus simple decorations - Providing entertainment and fun for children and adults - 10 special event ideas for the day, such as star naming, planting a tree and filling a time capsule - Traditional and contemporary ideas for readings and poems with new, specifically commissioned poems that are particularly relevant to this special occasion - Ideas and recipes for delicious food and drink
By Anita Naik. 2008
For every girl that wants to know how to apply make-up, how to ask a guy out, how to survive…school and of course, how to buy a bra that fits... this book is an oracle of knowledge that no teenage girl should be without!With advice on boys, friends, parents, school and fashion, Bras, Boys and Bad Hair Days reveals all in one stylish, ultimate handbook.