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    1. Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
    by Brooke Shields
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    Asin: 1401301894
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 612967
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    In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.

    When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

    In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

    Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike. ... Read more


    2. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
    by Heidi E. Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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    Asin: 0761121323
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
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    Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?" to "Will I be able to breastfeed?" The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.

    The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. --Jennifer Lindsay ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Pregnancy Book By Far
    When we got pregnant, we bought and read something like 15 books. This one was the best by far.

    I can think of at least three reasons this book has sold so many copies.

    1> It's professional. A lot of books try too hard to be funny or cute. WTE is not humorless, but it deals with subject matter in a refreshingly straightforward way. The advice and help given echoes what our doctors have said and, in fact, answered most of our questions before we even saw our Obstetritian (no, it's not a substitute). It is quite astounding how many pregnancy books are written by fashion magazine editors or talk show writers; they sound exactly like they were written for a fashion magazine or talk show.

    2> It's complete. Got a question about diet, medication, flu shots, cat ownership, false labor, vitamin supplements, cramps, ultrasound, breastfeeding or how to judge your OB/GYN? It's in here, along with tons of other stuff we didn't think about until we came across it here.

    Just about every pregnancy book and magazine uses the "What Nobody Will Tell You" tagline. Once you've read this book, there will be very few surprises left. There isn't a topic that isn't touched on and most are covered in depth. That's not to say this is the only book you need, but it goes a long, long way.

    3> It isn't judgemental. There are a ton of books out there that are weight obsessed, make assumptions about single parents, and/or skirt some issues that some consider controversal. This book assumes you can make up your own mind once you're presented with all the information. I'm thinking specifically about the decision to have amniocentesis our geneticist said it was "a good idea but not necessary" and OB/GYN said "there were risks but it is not a bad idea". This book wasn't a replacement for our doctors, but it gave us a lot of really useful information without taking a side.

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    Like I said, there are a ton of pregnancy books out there. Just about all of the ones we read were redundant when we held it up next to WTE. And it's pretty shocking how many pregnancy books we found to be completly WORTHLESS! I don't want to name names, and I've already written a couple of negative reviews, but I'm thinking particularly of the ones full of Erma Bombeck-esque anecdotes about La Maz classes, the "staying chic while you're pregnant" fashion mag type, the old-fashioned preachy church lady books, or--worst of all--the "nutrition" books that focused almost entirely on weight. Some of these books are written by people with no medical qualifications at all!

    My advice is to feel free to pick up one of those books if you're looking for some comic relief or if your specific pregnancy may need a supplement (I'm thinking specifically of things like fertility problems, or problem pregnancies; WTE gives a lot of good information on this stuff, but might not be enough).

    Either way, BUY THIS BOOK!! Even if you're not pregnant yet, you're missing out on an excellent reference if you don't.

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    As an aside, I was pretty shocked to read the reviews that complained about WTE containing a lot of information on rare pregnancy situations, saying that such information was "scary" and "unnecessary". WTE gives plenty of information on what is serious as opposed to what is a false alarm. Nobody PLANS on having a troubled pregnancy, aren't you better off knowing what's involved and how to detect and prevent such things?

    I suppose for some people ignorance is bliss, but I'm MUCH happier being prepared.

    What To Expect While You're Expecting isn't the only useful pregnancy book out there, but it is the best and it will be the standard for years to come.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but better guides are out there
    Like many people, I bought this book at the beginning of my pregnancy because I had vaguely remembered seeing the book before and assuming it must be pretty good.
    Unfortunately, even though this book has gone through multiple editions, the information and tone of the book has changed little. I figured this out by reading other books, and while the information in the book was fairly progressive in the early 80's when it was originally written, many changes have taken place in ob/gyn practice and pregnancy care since then so many things are outdated.
    The diet and weigth gain information in particular is unrealistic (the most recent edition has revised this info. so it may be more realistic than it was in the past.) There is no need to eat solely whole grains - folic acid supplements are commonplace in cereals and white grains and have been used since 1998. Also there is no correlation between many pregnancy complications and eating habits/weight gain (with gestational diabetes being one major exception), which the book implies in some of the question and answer sections. The hormones of pregnancy play a MUCH bigger factor in the development of pregnancy complications, which makes sense when you think about how dramatically the levels are changing in your body. Most of this information is either in the medical literature or inferred through it so it is troubling that the authors are ignoring the facts and resorting to finger-wagging and scare tactics for mothers-to-be.

    Also the delivery section seems outdated but since I haven't delivered yet I don't have any first-hand experience. There is little to no mention of doulas or other "alternative" birthing procedures which are available and offered at the hospital where I'm due to deliver!
    I would recommend a more recently updated pregnancy guide which has more information on alternative birthing methods and de-emphasizes diet and weight gain issues. The book supplied by my OB/GYN's office which is put out by the Association of OB/GYNs (it has a pink background cover) was the best overall source I read. There was MUCH more balanced and non-judgemental information presented, and gave more realistic information I have used throughout my pregnancy so far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners
    This is a great all-around baby book for first-time Moms and Dads, from month-by-month developmental charts to when to call the doctor and when to relax and wait. Best alternatives are Sears and Leach, or you can pick from conservative to liberal books on child behavior or books on Dads or single parenting. My favorite recent book on parenting is "I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets," by Bruce Stockler, which captures the incredible chaos, joy, anxiety and humor in being a parent--and making priorities. Also loved Annie Lamott's "Operating Instructions" (although some women I know object to her bizarre background.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Even "thinking" parents need reassurance sometimes
    We are halfway through our first pregnancy. Four months ago, we bought this book, along with Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin) and Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week book (Curtis). Of the three, we like Simkin's book best, and Curtis's book the least. The What to Expect book, while not as informative as the Simkin's book, is in our opinion very good.

    Many of the things the other reviewers said about this book are true: the authors' diet suggestions border on the fanatical (it seems as if they are writing for obese parents-to-be), and the tone of the book is definitely patronizing. The amount of knowledge about the biological aspects of pregnancy is also minimal---the book is very light on technical terms and diagrams.

    However, if you click on the image of the book at the top of the screen, you will notice a sentence that highlights the strongest point of the book: "...reassuringly answers the concerns of mothers- and father-to-be." We couldn't agree more.

    Several times throughout the pregnancy, my wife has had various symptoms that, while quite normal, were alarming for a first-time pregnant couple. Neither of the other two books said very much about these symptoms, but the What to Expect book reassuringly and accurately helped us evaluate whether the symptoms were anything to worry about. Examples are: Is extreme fatigue a sign of danger? Are nosebleeds anything to worry about? What about abdominal cramps during the second trimester? In most cases, the What to Expect was the best book of the three, allowing us to quickly find these concerns in the index, and read about them at length.

    Most importantly, the What to Expect book described the symptoms in sufficient detail to allow us to distinguish them from the truly serious.

    In short: there are many problems with this book. The month-by-month organization is not very useful, and there just isn't very much information about the biological aspects of pregnancy (Simkin's books provide that information very well). Sometimes, though, some of us just need to put that little bit of worry in our heads to rest. And this book helped us do just that.

    On a side note, I noticed that many reviewers accused this book of being alarmist. I found that the Curtis book was much more alarmist than the What to Expect book. Curtis's book might as well be named "What Could Be Wrong with Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week." The What to Expect book at least groups the most fear-inspiring stuff towards the end, in a separate chapter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, couldn't have done it without it!
    I'm not too sure what all the negative comments are about regarding this book because I think it is wonderful. If you're a first-time mom, this book explains absolutely everything you're experiencing. If you have difficulties, before you run and call your ob, check out this book first. Plus, it really tells you when and when not to worry, and when to call the doctor if there's a problem. I really could not have been without this book. I used it throughout my entire pregnancy and was extremely grateful that I had purchased it. It makes a great shower gift or just a new announcement of someone who is expecting. It offers guidelines on nutrition but it's best to follow your doctor's advice. You don't want to gain too much weight but you have to be sure to eat things that are healthy and not potato chips. Ginger snaps are awesome in helping getting rid of morning sickness. No herbal tea though! There's tons of helpful advice in this book and it really is a great resource especially for new moms. I just loved it! ... Read more


    3. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
    by Jenny McCarthy
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    Asin: 073820949X
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
    Sales Rank: 727
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Brimming with the author's signature frankness and humor, a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting.

    Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gasiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion; the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared these discomforts and humiliations, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy!

    In Belly Laughs, the actress and new mother reveals the naked truth about the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. With tips and hilarious musings on morning sickness and hormonal rage, hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant or indeed, has ever been born! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The the truth about pregnancy - a funny must read!
    Jenny, you rock! I have always been a big fan of yours. A friend (who is not even pregnant and has no kids, but loved the book)sent this book to me and my hubby read through it in no time, laughing so hard together at the truth and frankness. We are 7 months pregnant and find that from family and friend you just hear the cleaned up cutesy version of what pregnancy is all about. But Jenny gives it to you real, with the funniest book on pregnancy I have ever read. It is nice to get away from the technical guides with all the negative chapters, and just have a good laugh at the crazy stuff you are going through. The chapter titles alone are worth reading because she sums each symptom up with 2 or 3 word titles. My favorite chapter titles were "The Blue Twinkies" and "Niagra Falls" - but you will have to read it to know what these are about. I highly reccommend this book, what a great shower gift too. Thank you Jenny!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book For Any Pregnant Woman
    I heard about this book from the Sharon Osborne show, searched everywhere,looking for a Jenny Mc Carthy website to find out how I could get the book, but found nothing. I even e-mailed Sharon Osborne! But no response:( Finally I found out the release date and counted down the days to get it on opening day. Let me tell you, I was the first to get this book in my town. I have read all the pregnancy books there is, but this one is the best. Being a young mother-to-be, it is helping to show me "how it really is going to be." Everything that she went through, I went through and am going through to a "T." I absolutely love this book and HIGHLY recomend it to people who aren't afraid to hear it how it is, not some technical terms. Hey, we're all not doctors, so why read all the other books that have technical terms and sugar-coat pregnancy? I can't express through words how this book has helped me along the way so far, and I guarentee it will help you; by making you literally laugh out loud crying because your cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. It will bring laughter to your stressed-out, mood-swinging, grumpy all the time self. I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible, and I am so glad it came out before I'm due to have my son (May 18th!) So, GO GET THIS BOOK! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY! And thankyou Jenny Mc Carthy for writing the best pregnancy book EVER! Oh, and to the people who find this book offensive or disrespectful: It is the 21st century, and if your not comfortable with your body and are too afraid to talk about it, then yeah your right this book isn't for you. But I must add that she wrote this to tell you how it is, being very blunt, and not beating around the bush. This is how she is and if you can't handle the truth, then you're right, don't buy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing special.
    Let me begin this by saying that I've always found Jenny McCarthy funny.

    That aside, this book could have been so much better. Yes, it's refreshing to see a pregnancy book that discusses topics conveniently left out of most others. It just seemed like she threw the entire thing together in an afternoon. Or less. As I read each chapter, I kept hoping she would have written more or expanded on her experience.

    Overall, it was very disappointing. I expected much more from her. Maybe the next one will be better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs if Full of Laughs
    I would start by saying the only negative thing is that the book isn't that long. I read it in one sitting at the park. McCarthy does an excellent job of telling it like it is and not holding back. If you're pregnant, considering it, a parent and are looking to laugh out loud this book is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few pregnancy books I could stomach (literally)
    Belly Laughs is one of the few pregnancy books I could stomach -- literally. Most will either scare you to death or bore you to death. Thank you for saving me from those two fates, Jenny! ... Read more


    4. What to Expect the First Year, Second Edition
    by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisnberg
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    Asin: 0761129588
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-16)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 274
    Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars
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    America's bestselling guide to caring for a baby is now better than ever: announcing a two-years-in-the-making, cover-to-cover, line-by-line revision and update of the 6.9-million-copy What to Expect the First Year, the bible for taking care of a newborn through the milestone of his or her first birthday.

    The Second Edition incorporates the most recent developments in pediatric medicine. Every question and answer have been revisited, and in response to letters from readers, dozens of new Q&As have been added. The book is more reader-friendly than ever, with updated cultural references, and the new material brings more in-depth coverage to issues such as newborn screening, home births and the resulting at-home newborn care, vitamins and vaccines, milk allergies, causes of colic, sleep problems, SIDS, returning to work, dealing with siblings, weaning, sippy cups, the expanded role of the father, and much more. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white line illustrations complement the fresher book with a fresher look.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing and sloppy
    I bought What to Expect When You're Expecting and loved it, so I got this book when my daughter was born, but it has not lived up to its predecessor. I find things are not consistent throughout the book -- what on one page they say the kid will be doing at 7 months, later they say they will be doing it at 8 months. This happens often, more so toward the latter half of the first year. They seem to change the ages halfway through -- in the beginning, "the first month" means from birth up to one month; later "the seventh month" seems to mean from the seventh up to the eighth month. They also use the ability to pay attention to or pick up a raisin as a benchmark of your child's development, but later the book explicitly advises against feeding your infant raisins (choking hazard)! The book is almost militant about diet -- whole grains only, absolutely no salt or sugar (this would rule out the number-one baby food, Cheerios!). Not practical for the real mother. However I was most upset by their treatment of homosexuality (in a footnote): "Boys who display feminine traits early in childhood, like to play with dolls, and avoid rough sports are more likely to become homosexual ... These boys become estranged from their fathers, and, it is speculated, may ever hunger for male love ... professional consultation may be a good idea." I was flipping to the copyright page after this, expecting to see a date from the 1950s, but this book was copyrighted most recently in 1996. Bottom line: While some of the information here is useful, you can get it elsewhere. Pick another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars good reference but major flaws
    This is a good parenting book to have in your library but it should definitely not be the only one. All parenting books have their own bias about co-sleeping and breastfeeding and this one was definitely biased against co-sleeping at all and breastfeeding after the 9th month or so. When I first brought my baby home from the hospital, the only way she would get a decent night's sleep is to sleep with us. Otherwise she cried and fussed the entire night. After two months she was ready to sleep in a cradle but initially we had to adjust our parenting style to include co-sleeping because it was the only thing that would comfort our daughter. If this was the only parenting book I owned I probably would've felt incredibly guilty about having done this--the section of this book that addresses co-sleeping has nothing but negative things to say about it. I found "Good Nights" and "Gentle Baby Care" (perhaps because they were written by attachment parenting advocates) to be very thorough about the topic, with plenty of practical advice.

    As noted by other reviewers the book also contains some misleading information about breastfeeding and seems to assume that you'll begin weaning sooner than currently recommended by the govt.

    I also found this book to be very poorly organized. Because all babies develop according to their own schedule, it doesn't really make sense to have much of the information organized chronologically. I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" when I was pregnant and they advised you in the beginning not to "read ahead" so I was doing the same with this book until I realized that it wasn't answering most of my questions! I needed a babysitter when my daughter was two months but for some reason that section was stashed in the third month section! Why? So now I have read into the 10-month section even though my daughter is only 3.5 months because I'm wondering if there are other tidbits of information hidden away in there. And I expect I'll have to reread it all again when she's actually 10 months.

    Finally, there was some conflicting information. I'm thinking of the alcohol and breastfeeding references in particular. At various points in the book it says to (a) have a single drink rarely if at all and then to wait two hours before nursing if you do have a drink, (b) have a drink just before nursing to "relax", (c) consult a doctor if you find yourself unable to stop at two drinks a day (what happened to the "rare" drink?!). And finally, it referenced no actual studies about the effects of alcohol on a nursing baby. For such a serious topic, it seemed amazing to me that they could have included so much conflicting information and no scientific backup.

    And finally, as someone who is using cloth diapers, I was put off by the offhand remark that (to paraphrase) "in your mother's day, diapers were cleaned and boiled and reused and now people simply throw their diapers away." There is a significant percentage of people who actually use cloth diapers but to read this section you would never know it! This was just one of many cases of the authors assuming that everyone does or should do things their way.

    All that said, the book did include good information about safety issues and child development and for these reasons I'm glad to have it on hand. The authors must seriously revise this book, however, for future editions.

    4-0 out of 5 stars you get what you expect!
    This is THE book you want to read if you're a first time parent and don't have much experience with babies. You're given very practical explanations on how to deal with your newborn and it helps to solve all the simple troubles you go through everyday, from treating fever and skin rashes to deciding which toy to buy.
    It is very helpful up to 7/8 months of age of your child, then it becomes less accurate.

    2-0 out of 5 stars There are much better books out there!
    I bought this book as a resource for my first child. Although it has some useful information, it is very "middle of the road" and I felt it didn't go in depth enough with research and information I felt to be important. One *huge* area that is lacking is the breastfeeding information. They do not adequately explain the differences between breastfeeding and formula, and recommend weaning a child at 9mo. The AAP recomments nursing for *at least* a year, and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends at least 2 years. In WTE, the authors indicate that if you don't wean by 9mo, a child will almost assuredly not wean at all or until much much later. This simply is inaccurate at best. Throughtout the book, the book is obviously biased towards a "doctor knows all" point of view. I suppose it's a good book for anyone who would like to know what the average doctor would tell her to do, but it's not a good book for anyone who likes to have a little more information and make her OWN informed choices. No one is perfect, and doctors certainly don't have *all* the information that makes them experts on childrearing in general. This book to me seemed like doctor propaganda.

    Although there is definitely some good info in there, I feel that the biases (especially with regard to nursing) outweight the good that is in this book. I'd save your money on this one and look into other books for specific areas you are interested-- a nursing book for nursing, a child development book for child development, a medical guide for medical issues.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too much reading for new mom
    I prefer the week by week book instead of the q and a format of this book. I find myself using it as a reference tool sometimes, but have barely used it! The week by week book Dr. Curtis was much more informational. See rating on that book. ... Read more


    5. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition)
    by Toni Weschler
    list price: $23.95
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    Asin: 0060937645
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 804
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    THE GROUNDBREAKING BESTSELLER NOW UPDATED AND REVISED

    Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations?

    This invaluable resource will help you find the answer to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your own body.

    Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:

    • enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices


    • maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement


    • increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of your baby


    • gain control of your sexual and gynecological health

    This expanded new edition includes:

    • a revolutionary new, fully intuitive charting system


    • numerous new master charts, including separate ones for birth control, pregnancy achievement, and menopause


    • the latest on fertility conditions and high-tech treatments


    • comprehensive tables that clearly summarize fertility-related drugs and procedures
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This needs to be read by all women everywhere!
    This is probably the most life changing book I've ever read. I wish in school as young girls we had known exactly what our body does at menstruation and ovulation. It's amazing.

    Not only can this be used for TTC - it can be used to learn how to better utilize birth control methods. Being aware of your basal body temp & cervical fluid you actually know when you are ovulating and when your period is due. Like clockwork!

    In addition, having your temps stay high instead of dipping down as your period approaches is indicative of pregnancy achievement. In my case this happened, (preg test to confirm) but unfortunately I wasn't able to hold the pregnancy and my temps started to go downwards -- making my period a couple of days late. If I hadn't have been charting, I would've never known I was pregnant, and just chalked it up to a late period.

    This book is good for all women - empowering them to learn more about their amazing bodies!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for EVERY woman
    After announcing to a close friend of mine who was eight months pregnant that I was about to begin to try to have a baby, I was given a weathered copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I direct a women's health program at a community hospital and was amazed at what I DIDN'T know about my body after reading this book. Toni Weschler is a gifted writer. A public health practitioner's dream, she is extremely clear, distilling scientific facts to manageable pieces of information. She dispels the myth that charting your fertility, traditionally referred to as "Natural Family Planning", is a method used only by a select few who choose natural methods of birth control because of religious beliefs. Moreover, she emphasizes the connection between women's empowerment and knowledge of normal biological processes that are often medicalized to the point of leaving many women mystified. I would go so far as to say this should be required reading for all young women entering high school! (NOTE: I am now in my first trimester as a result of the information provided in the pages of this book. I am very grateful!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Got Pregnant the Second Month Using This Method!!!!!
    I highly recommend this book and method for getting pregnant. I am 39 and had been trying to get pregnant for six months using an ovulation predictor kit. We already have a 2 year old daughter that was conceived the first month we tried, so I was very discouraged that we were not pregnant yet. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I thought it was worth a shot! I found the book a very easy read. I read the sections relevant to getting pregnant in one night (there are also sections on birth control, menopause, etc). I began charting immediately. I did not go crazy with charting-I just recorded my temp each day and checked the other 2 signs (cervical mucus and cervical position) starting about a week before I knew I was going to ovulate. I got pregnant the second month!! The book is super informative about all aspects of a woman's reproductive body. A great read even if you just want to get to know what's going on with your body every month. Hope this review helps!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
    Wow!! First of all - I was quite ignorant about my own body until I read this book. I will share this book with my children. I also purchased the software that goes along with it - and IT WORKED SUCCESSFULLY!! I am expecting my first child Dec. 04 !! I did "practice" charting for one month and then the first month that we tried for real - well it happened!! A friend of mine and my cousin both used this book and it helped them as well. I highly suggest this book to anyone who wants to conceive. It really helps you to understand your body. It has some medical terms - but explains them in detail. I also suggest the software - it made it MUCH easier for me!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to read this book
    I bought this book for two reasons, to get pregnant after 35 & due to everyone else's review of this book. Now, I'm a believer. If you're a woman and think you know about your body, you don't until you read this book. My whole life I thought there was something wrong with me, and now I know I was normal all along. I wish I would have had this guidance as a teenager and just discovering the intricacies of my body. Just knowing the basics of your body and what's normal & what's not, will give you a confidence you can't imagine. If you have teenage daughters, buy this book and read it together. It could save years of doubt, confusion and low-esteem. ... Read more


    6. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
    by Vicki Iovine
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    Asin: 0671524313
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 484
    Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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    Beginning with the "10 Greatest Lies About Pregnancy" (number 10: Lamaze works), and ending with postpartum dementia, Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy has fast become the laywoman's mouthpiece for the American pregnancy experience. Iovine is irreverent, sassy, and incredibly reassuring as she exposes the "truths" of pregnancy and childbirth, from sex to cellulite to cesareans. Iovine birthed four kids in six years, none of them twins, which certainly qualifies her as an expert. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy does reveal Iovine's particular cultural biases (pregnant or not, most of us don't have record-producer husbands, hang out with supermodels, or wear size-four pants) and philosophical beliefs (she's not a particularly strong proponent of natural childbirth or nursing), but, taken with a grain or two of salt, she provides many hilarious moments, acres of advice, and honest reassurance readers will find nowhere else. --Ericka Lutz ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The lighter side of pregnancy
    I cannot disagree with all the negative reviews more!

    Vicki's (hey, I can call her that, we're 'Girlfriends' now) book has made me laugh out loud and also read in rapt silence. She makes it abundantly clear that this book is not to be taken as a be-all-end-all medical reference on pregnancy. Instead, she offers first-hand accounts of what this 9 month experience is all about and does so in a frank manner.

    Since this is my first pregnancy, I've been scouring the book stores for every book written on the subject and feel this is the first one that doesn't preach. I like her honest takes on eating, exercise, and pain management during labor. I don't believe she ever tells the reader to eat poorly, not to exercise at all, and that an epidural is a must - she offers her opinions on the topics and leaves it at that.

    I love this book and encourage first timers and other moms-to-be to read and enjoy this book as well. If nothing else, remember that laughter is the best medicine...and you can even take it while you're pregnant!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY! And SO TRUE
    I can't believe what some people are writing about this book. Each time I start to become scared about my pregnancy or about giving birth, I pick this book up to make me smile. Thank you Vicki Iovine for helping me with the difficult times of my first pregnancy! I've recommended this book to all I know that are pregnant!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just for fun
    The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy is politically incorrect at times, for sure. That's part of the fun. Vicki Iovine isn't afraid to spill her guts and talk about all the things that pregnant women tend to get a bit neurotic (dare I say crazy?) about while they are pregnant. A lot of pregnancy book authors dance around these issues. Only a handful of authors confront them head-on. I give Vicki a high-five for being one of the few who is willing to tell it like it is.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
    Reading this boring, trite, and obnoxiously fluffy book has made me appreciate the bright, funny, and wonderful girlfriends I have in my life. Granted, there are a few humorous moments in this book, but much of the humor is stale. (Perhaps I've been ruined by all the truly funny material I've read in my life.) Please, do yourself a favor: if you must read this book, buy it used - - especially if you can find it at a garage sale!

    2-0 out of 5 stars A fluffy read, but not a lot to learn here
    This falls under the entertainment and not pregnancy/childbirth education heading. The book focuses on the author's experiences and is unabashedly biased. It's a good background on what to expect with regards to symptoms, tests, etc.. It's also rather funny in some parts; however, I don't beleive the author ever intended for this to be a medical reference (although it's very medical-focused). Buy it used, there are tons of copies out there. Don't use it as a reference when making your decisions. ... Read more


    7. Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Fifth Edition
    by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
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    Asin: 1555613462
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Da Capo Press
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    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Pregnancy should be a time of wonder and hope, but these days, it's associated more often with paranoia.Dr. Glade Curtis is keenly aware of the anxieties heaped upon expectantwomen: he has written several pregnancy-related books. So while he covers prettymuch any topic that an expectant mom might be concerned about, he does not overload the reader with extraneous information or horror stories that can be found in that other best-selling pregnancy guide. In this completely revised and updated edition, Curtis describesthe physical developments from weeks 1 through 40--or 41 or 42!--such as thesize and weight of the baby, emotional changes in the mother, typical medicaltests offered, and nutritional requirements. (The iron found in prenatalvitamins may exacerbate morning sickness, he writes, because ironsupplementation is usually not needed until the final trimester.) It is toobad that Dr. Curtis does not recommend more alternative-medicine approachesfor treating common pregnancy discomforts. In the chapter covering Week 8, herightly describes sciatic-nerve pain as excruciating, but does not adviseyoga or chiropractic treatments for its relief. However, he *is* hip to the useof doulas, or labor coaches, he encourages breastfeeding, and includes numeroustips for making your partner feel included in what should be a thrillingexperience for you both. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars For the woman who wants to be prepared.
    Getting pregnant after grad school, I wanted to be thorough in my study of what I and my baby would go through during pregnancy. I was ultra inquisitive, and luckily I picked this book off the shelf first. This book in its last edition was my top choice and gave me something to look forward to each week. I would get impatient between ultrasounds and want to actually see what my baby might look like. The drawings that head each chapter are lovely. They make even the earliest stages look palatable and adorable. But this book is not just for those who wish for a cute picture of a fetus or baby. This book is heady with the ins and outs of pregnant life--and yet it is easy to read and accessible. No need to be a graduate student to enjoy and engage with this text. I loved it because I felt not only fully informed but reassured. The book was NOT full of scary sensationalism/scenarios except when necessary to educate/inform. Even then, I found the knowledge gained and tone of the book reassuring. It was information that could prepare a woman for any possible incident or discomfort. Rather than being taken by surprise, I knew what might be heading my way and more importantly, how to avoid catastrophe if possible. I felt like I had an OB/GYN next to me each time I looked up a symptom or item of curiousity in the index. It was easy to use and gave digestible amounts of information per week. The more exciting aspect of the book is finding out that your baby is the size of an apricot or a banana at this or that stage in your pregnancy. The connection with my baby grew through use of this book. Finally, having had time to talk with other mothers, even a 5th time mother-to-be, I've found that even their lack of knowledge about symptoms and problems in pregnancy was quickly corrected by a quick peak through my copy of this book. Out of the 20 titles I read through on this subject during my pregnancy, this was the only one I kept.

    1-0 out of 5 stars There is a reason this is in the bargain bin!!!
    When I was pregnant my insurance company actually sent me this book--I never would have spent anything for it. The male author of this book adopts a condescending tone that, as an intelligent woman looking for information, I resented. He medicalizes birth, and ignores the need for empowerment of women in an arena that belongs to us. Not a single mention of current trends in childbirth such as birth centers, water birth, midwives, doulas (or, heaven forbid a HOME BIRTH!!)...If you are looking to be empowered with knowledge for a rewarding pregnancy and childbirth experience, I recommend anything by Penny Simkin or Sheila Kitzinger. (the authors my midwive recommended to me)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to read
    I loved this book. It was very useful in learning about my pregnancy. I read this book cover to cover. Each week it gave you more information with out flooding your mind with to much to soon. I liked how I was able to read how I was changing and the baby was growing each week. I recommend this book to eveyone. I am on my second pregnancy and I have continued to read this book through out this pregnancy as well. I started from the beginning and read one week at a time and It has helped me understand so much even in the second pregnancy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Found
    I read about 4 different books and searched every web-site about pregnancy this is. This was the best I found. The week-by-week format is great, I knew what was actually happening to my baby every week, not just sometime during this month. The book also answered most of my questions. I think it is the best book out about pregnancy right now.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money
    The information in this book you can easily access anywhere else, both on-line and in better written books. Some estimations of size of fetus, etc. are not accurate. Most importantly, the section on labor and delivery is right out of the 1960's. Frankly, the tone of this text is absolutely insulting. I think I can decide for myself whether I prefer to have an enema before delivery or have my pubic hair shaved, regardless of what a hospital's routine procedure may be. Dr. Glade's point of view is that the obstetrician and assisting nurses make the final decision on all matters, stating that "there are two patients to consider". Yes, and the one that is an adult is the one that will be making the decisions. Expectant and new mothers (and their partners) need to know they have a right be consulted on the delivery and care of their newborn. ... Read more


    8. Baby & Me: The Essential Guide to Pregnancy
    by Deborah D. Stewart
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    Asin: 0923521585
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-30)
    Publisher: Bull Publishing Company
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    Baby and Me is a straightforward companion to pregnancy for women who don't want lengthy explanations or jargon. This bestseller focuses on prenatal care, communication with the physician, and problems arising from lifestyle choices. ... Read more


    9. Varney's Midwifery, Fourth Edition
    by Helen Varney Burst, Jan M. Kriebs, Carolyn L. Gegor, Helen Varney
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    Asin: 0763718564
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
    Sales Rank: 144821
    Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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    Encompassing the entire scope of the practice of midwifery, Varney's Midwifery covers the provision of primary care to women frompuberty through senescence, including the maternity cycle and primary care of the well newborn. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the full scope of current midwifery practice.

    It contains new chapters on nutrition in women's health, primary care and midwifery, pharmacology and midwifery, international midwifery and safe motherhood, cultural competence in midwifery practice, and common diagnoses in women's gynecological health. Four new skills chapters are also included. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the quintessential textbook for midwives.
    As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery (JNM), the official publication of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, I would like to share my own unequivocal 5-star rating of this textbook for midwives as well as some excerpted comments taken from the excellent review it received in the March/April 1997 issue of JNM. Here's what Judith Carveth Trexler, CNM, PhD, the reviewer, had to say: "Midwives have long awaited the third edition of this classic reference. Its expansion in size and scope make it the definitive text for midwives and one that clearly serves as a primary reference for the profession .... Although midwives remain the primary audience for this book, it also serves as an excellent resource for medical students, nurses (particularly those in advanced practice), physician assistants, and other health professionals who find themselves in need of a comprehensive text that applies the physiologic and psychosocial dimensions of women's and infant health to safe, client-centered clinical management."

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read
    I have always found Varney to be useful and easy to read, especially in comparison to Speroff or Gabbe. I think that this book was never intended to be the definitive text on home birth. If a midwife's interest lies in homebirth, seek out books that cater to that option. I found the skills sections especially helpful. It isn't Varney's job to unite midwives, her primary job is to educate. You can not teach the spirit of midwife through a book, that's where mentoring comes into play. This is certainly a must have for all practicing midwives, regardless of educational background.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Technically accurate, boring read
    I am impressed by Varney's vast knowledge of hospital procedures as they relate to midwifery care. However, I found this to be "textbook" as a very boring read. Her information did not really cover the practice outside the hospital setting as thoroughly as would be needed for someone praticing in that setting. Her information would be most appreciated by the CNM and the L&D nurse - a great resource for them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Midwifery Bible
    I have come to rely on this book time and time again. No nurse midwife should be without a copy of this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This is a good reference book, but not the best for homebirt
    This book is a good reference book, but not the best one for homebirth midwives. Myle's, and Anne' Frye's books I have found to be more applicable in my practice. To the above person that thinks that Circumsision should not be addresses, I could not disagree more. Circumsision is a subject that should be addressed prenatally, and Since midwives are supposed to provide basic Post-partum care to the mother and baby during the first six weeks It is essentual that midwives and parents are educated about the issue antapartum ... Read more


    10. My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy
    by IAN DAVIS
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    Asin: 0761521674
    Catlog: Book (1999-10)
    Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
    Sales Rank: 2308
    Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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    Finally—A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep
    My Boys Can Swim! tells real men everything they really want to know about pregnancy, such as: How much is it going to cost? Why does your wife primp before seeing her doctor when she hasn't put a stitch of make-up on for you in months? And, most important, what's it going to do to your sex life?
    This rollicking, laugh-out-loud book is for expectant dads in search of bottom-line pregnancy information, without all that boring touchy-feely stuff you find in those books written for women. Inside you'll discover helpful—and hilarious—information and insights on such topics as:
    The Maternity Wardrobe: "A key part of the maternity wardrobe is maternity underwear—parachute-like undies big enough to fit an NFL defensive lineman."
    Baby Names: "Don't give your kids mockable names like Thaddeus, which is Greek for 'I'm a dork and should be beaten up.'"
    The Birth: "No one told me it's normal that babies' heads can be misshapen at birth. I was convinced that my wife gave birth to Veldar, the conehead."
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Chicago Tribune: Book Review
    WHAT DOES HE EXPECT? A NEW DAD ANSWERS QUESTIONS Women get morning sickness and swollen feet, strangers touching their bellies, unsolicited advice and hideous hand-me-downs from every mother they know. Men pretty much just don't get it when it comes to the nine-month drama their wives are starring in. They know approximately how it started and how it will end, but they're a little shaky on the role they'll play in between. That's the premise of "My Boy's Can Swim! The Officials Guy's Guide to Pregnancy."

    Ian Davis decided to write the 89-page changing table book when he needed straight from the (expanding) hip advice. Although named for George Costanza's reaction to getting someone pregnant, the book's similarity to "Seinfeld's" clueless character ends at the title. Davis know his (and her) stuff. He knows the lingo (amnio, layette), the major players (the "OB/GOD", the labor-delivery nurse, the insurance rep, and the hard truths (the price, the puffiness, the pain). And he knows he can't know everything, which is why he always lets his wife call the shots and advises readers to do the same.

    Davis gives a pregnancy play-by-play, pack with action -- running in terror from an overpriced maternity-wear boutique, running to the nearest bathroom--and colorful analysis. Davis, with the permission of his wife, Nada, recounts the experience, from the plus sign on the pregnancy test to the circumcision decision (which was a yes, minus an audience "stuffing their faces with bagels and lox").

    Part Cliff Notes, part Dear Abby, the book answers the questions most guys are too embarrassed to ask (e.g., no, you won't lose custody if you pass on the front-row view and ask to stand "above your wife's elbow" in the delivery room. And mind your manners after the birth. When she asks if the baby is beautiful, say yes--even though the infant might look like a mini-conehead for a few weeks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I actually read a book on pregnancy
    And I've never written a review on Amazon.com before. But when my wife gave this book to me, and told me that the author wrote it for the typical guy who "won't spend more than four extended trips to the john reading about pregnancy," I thought I'd have a look. Truth be told, it took a bit longer for me to read than the author predicted, but it is a GREAT bathroom book. I kept reading a few pages at a time, which worked out perfectly since there really is something to laugh at on just about every page. No one is more cynical than I am about Lamaze classes, baby books and other general baby stuff, so it really surprised me that I not only read this entire book, but I actually enjoyed it...and even learned a few things in the process. So, if you're profile is "anxious husband wanting to be helpful but no time or inclination spend hours reading hundreds of pages pregnancy material," this book is worth picking up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hysterical Read for Moms and Dads...
    I bought this book for my husband, who is deployed to Iraq and isn't here to experience the pregnancy with me. I read it first and had tears rolling down my face from the first page to the last. I hadn't laughed that hard in ages. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who needs a good laugh. It won't disappoint.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Enjoyable Read
    I saw the author featured on CBS News Sunday with Charles Osgood on Mother's Day. He was really funny on the show, and when the reporter said that this book sold over 50,000 copies based on word of mouth alone, since I hadn't been able to get through any of the books my wife purchased for me, I figured I'd give this one a shot. I'm glad I did. While other pregnancy books for men are earnest/endearing works of 200 plus pages, which of course makes them impossible to get through, this one hits on the issues most men really want and need to know, and is written in a very fluid, lighthearted manner. It's a quick, fun read. If you're looking for a deep, detailed, and comprehensive text on pregnancy, there are plenty of other books to choose from (see "What to Expect," or "The Expectant Father." But if you don't have much time to read a lengthy book about the subject of pregnancy but want to feel better informed - and have a few laughs in the process - this book is a great choice.

    1-0 out of 5 stars One star for the ink and paper...
    This book is supposed to be funny, but frankly, it is not. Additionally, it falls into the typical cliches that men don't know anything about anything when it comes to pregnancies and babies, and that somehow they are emotionally or mentally challenged in these matters.

    But the worse part about this book, is not even its condescendence, but rather the complete lack of in-depth information the rare times it brings up subjects of interest. The book is like 12 pages long and is read in half an hour. It's like an expensive pamphlet. Don't waste your money! ... Read more


    11. The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)
    by James Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, William Sears
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    Asin: 0316778001
    Catlog: Book (2003-03)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 370
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Brought thoroughly up-to-date-with the latest information on everything from diapering to daycare, from midwifery to hospital "birthing rooms," from postpartum nutrition to infant development-THE BABY BOOK remains the one must-have resource for today's new parents.

    In this perennially bestselling and encyclopedic guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears draw from their vast experience both as medical professionals and as parents to provide authoritative, comprehensive information on virtually every aspect of infant care. THE BABY BOOK focuses on the essential needs of babies-eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort-as it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents today. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Attachment parenting isn't for everyone
    I have this book and read and referred to it many times. Much of the information is sound advice from medical professionals. BUT--the promotion of the family bed and attachment parenting will not work for everyone. Ultimately the family bed and co-sleeping were NOT for me. I am a light sleeper. Our first child was in and out of our bed, making the entire family sleep deprived. At 14 months we decided co-sleeping wasn't working for us; we put her in a crib and she was confused and angry. At 5 she is still inordinately attached to me. With our second child I was determined not to follow Sears advice. After nursing, I put him right into the cradle and patted him to sleep. He is now 2 and 1/2. People are still amazed at his ability to self-soothe and fall right to sleep at naps and bedtime. Sleep has never been an issue with him, and I feel he is just as loving as our first child - and much more secure! Instead of Sears, I recommend Your Baby and Child by Penelope Leach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only book you need!
    No need to buy the pregnancy book or the others in the Sears collection. This book has enough information on most of the topics you need to be knowledgable of. Easy reading and a great consultation book after your baby is born.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one!
    If you read only one book, this is it! As a parent and a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have read most books on this subject. Dr. Sear's books are the only ones that I have found that are consistent with a baby's developmental needs. I have been stunned to read some of the incredibly bad advice out there in other books. I give this book to every new parent I know!

    5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful and interesting
    Buy this book! It has been the most helpful book I've read on childcare, and I've read a lot. It has validated me on the style of parenting that fits me the best and has been an excellent guide on how to be more effective in this style of parenting. It has helped me foster security in my kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!!!
    This is my baby bible! It covered everything that my husband and I had questions/ concerns about! They leave no stone unturned! It is very "instinct friendly" :O) The milestones are very realistic as well. ... Read more


    12. The Birth Partner, Second Edition
    by Penny Simkin
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    Asin: 1558321950
    Catlog: Book (2001-06)
    Publisher: Harvard Common Press
    Sales Rank: 14041
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    What fathers and other birth supporters or coaches need to know. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Guys, this is the one to read.
    As a prospective Dad I was excited about the birth of my daughter, but was not that into reading the books like my wife was. I thought this book was terrific.

    First, Simkin understands what prospective Dads are thinking. She knows exactly what our fears are ("what if I freak out during labor? What if I disappoint my wife? How will I deal with seeing her in pain? What if there's something wrong with our baby?") and she addresses them head on.

    The second strength of the book is the way she addresses them. Simkin's approach is this: "You may have very specific ideas about how the birth should go, and that's fine, but births are unpredictable. Thus, circumstances may arise such that you can't go exactly with your first idea (e.g., that you won't use any medication.) At that point you have to think of what the next best option is, and be fine with that next best option." This approach is, for some reason, rather rare in child-birth books, which are often dogmatic and have the subtext "If you do everything as described here, you shouldn't need a plan B."

    Third, the book is very specific in telling Dads what to expect in language they can understand. Simkin tells you what happens at each stage of labor, what your partner will be experiencing, and what you can do to help her.

    Finally, the book is not dauntingly long. Guys, this is the book you want to read. And women, if your partner isn't getting into the process, ask him to at least read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You occasionally get more than you pay for...
    I have been involved with childbirth education and homebirth for twenty years, and am currently training to be a doula. I don't remember ever seeing one book with such complete and comprehensive information, written in an easy to understand and uncomplicated format. While my own orientation is towards birthing at home, this books covers all venues for birth, enabling a woman and her supporters to make the best birthing decisions for their family. The comments on what a mother will be feeling, both physically and emotionally, should unexpected issues arise is invaluable. The book also describes the use of all possible pain medications, including their possible side effects and when and how they are administered. Ms. Simkin's direction on how to be supportive in any situation will ensure that women whose support person has read her book will be much more productive and thus create a better outcome. I recommend it highly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only book my husband read & loved
    I highly reccomend this book! I bought every book on pregnancy I could find & this was given to my husband & this is the book we had open when I was in labor! The tables in this book surpase any of the books I bought. They were easy to find, clear, concise & informative. None of the books I bought for the birthing mother were as easy to find information in-especially during birth itself. This is the book we sat up reading together in bed & discussing what was to come. When I went into labor I grabbed my favorite birth book (The Birth Book by the Sears) & was thumbing through it for info on what was happening & what was next. But my husband grabbed his copy of The Birth Partner & found all the info we were looking for faster than I did. I still reccomend the Birth Book by the Sears for expecting moms but The Birth Partner is essential for both expecting moms & dads.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Down to the point, very informative and easy to read.
    Excellent book for both mother & father-to-be. If husband want to be an active participant in child birth, this is a great guide. It's easy to ready and explains right to the point. It gives you all the options regarding birth procedure and newborn care with pros & cons and alternatives so you can make informed choices. After reading this book, I feel much more confident and well prepared for delivery. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most helpful childbirth prep book
    After reading dozens of books on preparing for labor and delivery, I found this one to be the most comprehensive and helpful for preparing for my first child. Although this is written for birth attendants instead of expectant mothers, I found unbiased information about all aspects of childbirth- potential problems with many possible solutions, procedures and risks. It gave me the information I needed to choose what kind of birth experience I desired for my child and made me aware of options that I was not aware of. Highly recommended reading for both future mom and her coach/birth attendant. ... Read more


    13. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
    by Elizabeth Pantley, William Sears
    list price: $12.95
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    Asin: 0071381392
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-28)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 505
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    A breakthrough approach for a good night's sleep--with no tears

    There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.

    Pantley's successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley's guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night's sleep--all with no crying.

    Tips from The No-Cry Sleep Solution:

    • Uncover the stumbling blocks that prevent baby from sleeping through the night
    • Determine--and work with--baby's biological sleep rhythms
    • Create a customized, step-by-step plan to get baby to sleep through the night
    • Use the Persistent Gentle Removal System to teach baby to fall asleep without breast-feeding, bottlefeeding, or using a pacifier
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the no-crying approach!
    FINALLY, a book that makes sense to sleep-deprived people! I always thought there were only three options when it came to sleeping with a baby in the house: 1) You just get lucky and have a natural-born sleeper; 2) You can let them cry it out; or 3) You can just deal with the constant night waking.

    Thanks to Elizabeth Pantley, I realized there is a gentle, loving way to teach my daughter to sleep without a single tear! After a few nights of following our sleep plan, my daughter started sleeping through the night. This was accomplished without ONE single tear!!!!

    Unlike in other books, there is no strict format to follow. You can adapt the ideas to fit your child and at your own pace. No more feeling guilty for not just letting her cry it out and being tired all the time. No more guilt about not following the very rigid programs in some other "sleep books."

    Thanks for all the sweet dreams, Elizabeth!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic solution for any parent with TWINS!!!!
    I have 21-month-old twin girls. One of my daughters had never slept through the night (nursing 5-10 times a night!!!), and my other daughter had only occasionally slept through the night. Until I read Elizabeth Pantley's book.

    First of all the book gave me hope. I had had visions of nursing my daughters through the night and then getting them ready for school. I thought it would never end. This continuous lack of a full night's sleep was really starting to wear on me.

    I was never very comfortable with the cry-it-out method, so I felt like my only other option was to wait it out. That surely sometime, they would start sleeping through the night. However, after many months of patience and sleepless nights, that time never seemed to come.

    I found Elizabeth Pantley's book while desperately searching for a solution. Finally, an alternative to the cry-it-out method that is gentle, sympathetic, and in line with an attachment parenting style. I started using Elizabeth's ideas. A few weeks later, my daughter who used to nurse all night now amazingly can put herself back to sleep when she wakes up. Both of my daughters have actually slept through the night, never waking once, for the last two weeks. Our naptime and bedtime is no longer a struggle. When I tell the kids it is time for a nap or time for bed, my daughters and my 3 1/2 year old son no longer object or balk. What used to be a 10-11pm bedtime is now an 8:00 bedtime.

    Thank you Elizabeth for showing me that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Book EVER!!!
    I have read SOOOO many sleep books and have surfed hundreds of web sites looking for information on helping my baby sleep then finally found No Cry Sleep Solution. I am not kidding when I tell you my son (now 8mths) has never slept well. He was waking every single hour and the only way I could get him back to sleep was by b/feeding him. Every Single Hour!
    NCSS has changed my life! After a few really consistent days of following NCSS and not one tear, My son slept very well last night and woke up so happy! Instead of going to him and feeding him 9 or 10 times, He called for me TWICE!!!! Yes, I wrote Twice!!!! I cannot tell you how good this is - you just have to read it! If your consistent, it WILL change your life too! Thank You so much Elizabeth Pantley!

    Edited to add, one month on ... Henry is sleeping through the night without waking! I still breastfeed him to sleep and there hasnt been any tears. Just a few months ago, I was so terribly desperate for sleep, now I feel alive! Dont feel the 'Controlled Crying' to be the only answer - this DOES work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your baby does NOT need to cry it out
    After receiving much unwanted advice about letting my 5-month-old baby cry herself to sleep, I was delighted to discover The No Cry Sleep Solution. When I did the first sleep log, my baby woke up 12 times during the night and had only one and a half hours of naptime. Now, three weeks later, she naps for three or four hours and only wakes up once or twice (I think this is due to genuine hunger and will probably stop when she starts solids). We are very grateful to Mrs Pantley for showing us a way to teach baby better sleeping habits - without being cruel!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful, supportive and encouraging!
    Hello, sleep-deprived moms and dads! I SO understand where you are right now. I was there, and sometimes still am, but things have gotten a lot better. We have been using the techniques in this book for a few months now and our daughter slept through the night twice this week. It's been a gradual process, but we have seen a lot of steps forward - and she never once cried alone in her crib. If you are looking for an alternative to the cry-it-out method, this book offers a lot of practical and useful advice and tips. It is easy to follow and Elizabeth shows respect for whichever sleeping arrangement you choose - crib, co-sleeping, a little of both. I recommend this book to all new parents (along with the NoJo sling!!) ... Read more


    14. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
    by Ina May Gaskin
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    Asin: 0553381156
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-04)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 3593
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.

    Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

    Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play

    • What really happens during labor
    • Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
    • Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
    • Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
    • Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
    • How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
    • The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
    doesn’t necessarily tell you
    • The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
    • How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
    birth in any setting, including a hospital
    • And much more

    Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad I read this book
    I'm 5 months pregnant and have been growing more and more fearful about giving birth, influenced by the media and by doctors. But this book helped me see that if I go into labor primed for a terrifying and excrutiating experience, that is exactly what I'll get. It's not that Ina May claims that labor doesn't hurt, but she points out the role that fear can play in our perceptions and expectations of pain. I've found that to be true even during a dreaded trip to the dentist! Now I feel that my body was indeed designed to give birth--women do it every day, all over the world and in many different care settings. Even if you don't plan to use a midwife or have a home birth, and I still may go to a hospital birthing center myself, I highly recommend this book for the way it can help change your perception that labor is a disease to be operated on or medicated away.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Changed How I Viewed Giving Birth
    I'm 17 weeks pregnant, and while I'm overjoyed to be pregnant...I've always been afraid of the pain I'll experience during childbirth. Reading Ina May's book, and the birth stories of the women in it, has changed all of that. I feel that I can handle labor now...and am even toying with the idea of not using drugs. (Prior to this, I used to say that I'd like an epidural plus any other drug they'd give me.) Even if I end up using some pain meds, I know I'll be entering the labor process without the level of fear I had before. That is priceless. This is a must-read for any pregnant woman and her husband...whether or not she wants to have a medicated or non-medicated birth. Bravo Ina May! Just wish I lived closer to TN so that I could use her services.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Childbirth is in this Book
    Strip away all of the medical speak, fear, and the horror stories and you will have Ina May's honest guide to Childbirth.

    I found this book more than just informative, which it really is. This book tells you things that no one--not even your best friend will tell you. In these pages you learn about birthing babies and will be able to look critically at what having a hospital birth means. I found this book to be empowering because it armed me with the birth stories of all the women in the first half of the book as well as all the information I needed about the birth process.

    I can honestly recommend, without reservation, this book to all expecting mothers, father, and anyone involved in the birth of babies. This book will give you much needed balance when becoming educated about childbirth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Courageous and Empowering Book!
    The warmth, intelligence and humor of Ina May Gaskin really come through in this book, as does her concern with safe and supportive surroundings for all women during birthing. Ina May and her fellow midwives at The Farm are responsible for major research demonstrating the safety of home birth and birthing-center births.

    I value this book primarily for giving me a first-person perspective of labor and delivery, in the words of both midwives and birthing women (and their partners). I also felt that the exploration of aspects of birth not usually talked about was great--orgasmic birth, use of nipple and clitoral stimulation to help with labor and delivery, careful pushing and breathing and laboring positions to prevent perineal tears, the pelvic press to help with shoulder distocia, etc. These are topics you won't find in any depth in "What to Expect," etc!

    The underlying assumption in this book is that women can give birth naturally if they are prepared, supported and surrounded by fearless and knowledgable labor attendants. Ina May tells us that our bodies can do this, that we have reserves of body and mind that our indutrialized Western culture has discounted, and that we can each reclaim the feminine power of birth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most encouraging pregnancy book I've read.
    Since I became pregnant I have been a book hound and I've read several different titles (especially books on Natural Birth). I have found Ina May's book to be the most honest and inspiring! She is not afraid to offend and really tells it like it is! I reference it often and I feel lucky to have read this before labor and delivery. I am very satisfied with this book! ... Read more


    15. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-To-Be
    by Armin A. Brott, Armin A. Brott
    list price: $11.95
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    Asin: 0789205386
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
    Publisher: Abbeville Press
    Sales Rank: 415
    Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, entertaining, informative
    My husband and I have a pile of books on pregnancy. Most of the books written for women dwell on the many problems that can arise (both serious and mundane) during pregnancy. Dreary. Not a single one of the others contains word one about planning for college or any financial issue. In fact, one of my books advises me not to worry about finances because "that's the father's department." Pretty ridiculous since he will be staying at home and I (the mother) will be working full time.

    This book, unlike those, does address this issue very competently. It is, I think, one of the best pregnancy books we have (i.e. I can't stand the supremely pedantic "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and think "Your Pregnancy Week by Week," while not pedantic, has no information the other does not.)

    This book contains many useful facts for the father to be and is written in such a way as to be helpful to mother and father. My husband has absorbed more dos and don't during pregnancy from this one book than I have in reading 5 other books. It contains an excellent list of questions to ask your obstetrician. Things everyone needs to know but may never think to ask.

    Bottom line - we love this book and would recommend it to anyone expecting a baby. It is easy reading while being informative and doesn't overdo the medical lingo (or the whole medical issue).

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best dad book out there
    There are a million books out there for moms to be, but the dearth of books for dads is downright depressing. This book was like a ray of light for me as our child's due date approached. So much common sense information that you're wondering about but don't know where to look for answers. He gives you a great idea of what your wife is going through and what's happening with the baby. And, most importantly, he talks about what YOU are likely to be feeling and thinking. I found myself nodding along so many times as I read this book. It was invaluable and I can't recommend it highly enough. We are expecting kid number two and I am re-reading it. It's been a great way to get me back in the mindset of having a new kid in the family. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reading for first time Fathers
    I found this book interesting for new fathers like me. Some things may be obvious and repetitive, but learning that many of the feelings experienced for the first time during pregnancy are actually quite common helps you better to deal with them.
    The book is well organized so you can quickly skip sections that you don't need to read about (for example, twins, second birth, etc.). Overall, I like and do not consider it to be offensive for women at all.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I found this book offensive
    I am an expectant father. In my opinion, this book has an offensive tone, and makes terrible assumptions throughout. Here is a sample what the book suggests a woman might be feeling during pregnancy (literal quotes): "afraid you won't love her after the baby is born (after all, she's not the same woman you married);" "may be afraid she won't have enough love to go around (what with loving you, and all);" "feelings of jealousy (after all, it was her private pregnancy until now);" "increasingly dependent---needs to know that you'll be there for her, that you still love her;" "she might be afraid that you don't love her anymore, and you might leave her." And so on. What kind of weak, spineless, self-loathing creature do the authors take the average woman to be? There are plenty of books with on-the-money, fact-filled advice for fathers; this isn't one of them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for fathers (and mothers)!!
    I was given this book by two different people during my wife's pregnancy. Of all the books stacked on our shelves, I found this one by far the most helpful. It provides both fantastic logistical information - everything from financial to-dos to checklists for the hospital - and emotional/psychological guidance... what to expect for your wife and for yourself. I was relieved to know that I wasn't the first father ever to be experiencing an unbelievable swirl of emotions... We have a wonderful, healthy baby, and we have this book to thank for it. ... Read more


    16. The Twelve Gifts of Birth
    by Charlene Costanzo
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    Asin: 0066211042
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 6992
    Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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    There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother's arms. What was for many months a dream and a mystery is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities.

    Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one's life.

    This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of self-respect and values. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Gift - Inspirational Message
    Everytime I read this book to my children I am reminded myself of the "Royal dignity" within everyone. An important message of worth, hope and wisdom.

    I will be giving this book to everyone I know who is having a child now and in the future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography illustrating our unique human gifts.
    I bought this book as a baby shower gift for a close friend, but I loved it so much I bought several more copies for other gifts and myself. The book is simply beautiful and portrays an important inspirational message to children and adults.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone
    I bought this book as a sign-in book for my daughter's first birthday party... and everyone loved it! It has a very positive message, which is exactly what I want to express to my daughter. And now that it has messages from all her relatives, I hope she will cherish it forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Twelve Gifts
    The perfect gift for a newborn, or even someone who is a little older. It's never too late to receive the very special message contained within the pages of this beautiful book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Precious Reminder ...
    Wow - this is such a simple, yet powerful book that allows parents to impart positive values to their children! I can't imagine my children ever outgrowing this book. ... Read more


    17. The What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer
    by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
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    Asin: 1563058723
    Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 6744
    Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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    Marrying the friendly authority of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" with the ease-of-use of a daily planner, here is a companion for every stage of pregnancy. It's a complete planner that includes forms to track medical expenses, checklists to help achieve a healthy diet, easy-to-fill-in personal and family medical history pages, and suggested shopping lists for pregnancy wardrobe and layettes. Plus plenty of room to record important questions for the doctor, list favorite names, keep a labor and birth diary, and more. Divided into five convenient sections, "The What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer" helps the busy mother-to-be to prepare for baby's arrival from the beginning through labor and delivery. Wire-O binding. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pregnant with #4 and got to have this book
    I had this book with my second and third pregnancy. The best book to get you organized for baby, but especially has the information pages you will need for the doctor and hospital. I thought that I would try another pregnancy organizer with my fourth pregnancy, but found myself buying this special book by my 3 month of being pregnant. Not only the information will get you ready for each doctor visit,and questions you may ask doctor, but there are pages to get you ready for baby with all the supplies, thank you reminders and after the baby is born record sheets to fill out with later. I have saved this book for my children in there keepsake boxes and I am sure they will enjoy them when they are grown!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What to expect when your expecting pregnancy organizer
    This was the best place to keep ALL of my pregnancy information. It's a small & easy to carry book that is easy to use. It has a place to write questions for my next OB appt, as well as lab results, baby registration planning, and even the phone list of people to call after baby's born. I loved having everything in one place. It was not bulky at all, and is quite durable (didn't get ruined being tossed in my work bag etc)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must HAVE! For any Pregnancy!
    I was very impressed when I received this item. I bought it online with out having a full idea of what it really was, but it sounded like it would be beneficial, plus with the book it is based from is a highly rated & recommended book.. I am extremely impressed. This book is worth twice the price!

    Starts off with an organized area to record all your medical info that you WILL need through this 9 month adventure! Has some entry areas for personal thoughts on what you felt when you discovered, etc.. very sweet.

    Records for your visits, between visit calls etc.. excellent and organized! financial record for medical services.

    Each section is divided by a cardstock page seperating sections: Prenatal care, pregnancy journal, getting ready for baby, getting ready for childbirth, and baby's arrival!

    This is a sensational book! ENJOY!

    the cover is laminated paper, and a spiral binding.. lightweight and small and convenient to take everywhere! I LOVE IT!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars One for Each Pregnancy!
    I have used this pregnancy organizer for my first two children and will use it again with my upcoming 3rd. This journal to me has soo much more to it than other journals I've seen around. They have actually become a keepsake for the children later!

    3-0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed
    I was looking for this kind of journal. I guess I got exactly what I wanted but I am still a little disappointed. I just feel that this book is a little unorganized. It doesn't have any way of quickly accessing the pages you might need in a hurry. It would be much better if each chapter had tabs on it or something. I am actually going to add tabs of my own to it. It doesn't have a calendar in it either. It does have lots of space to record just about everything! I am defiently going to use it throughout my pregnancy but I just need to improve it a bit. It is small so it will fit into your purse easily but if your like me my purse already feels like its loaded with bricks so even this will be a burden to me. If it had a calendar in it I could dump my old one and replace it with this but like I said it doesn't. I guess its worth the money to have a place to record everything but this isn't a date book or an organizer. Just so your aware. ... Read more


    18. The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
    by Martha, William Sears
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    Asin: 0316779032
    Catlog: Book (1995-02-15)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 3535
    Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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    From the bestselling authors of The Baby Book and The Birth Book comes The Discipline Book, the definitive guide to raising happy, well-adjusted, well-behaved children. Seasoned parents of eight, Bill and Martha Sears draw on personal experience and their professional knowledge as childcare experts to provide an authoritative approach to a broad range of disciplinary issues and practices.

    With focus on preventing behavior problems as well as managing them when they arise, the Searses offer clear, practical advice on everything parents need to know about disciplining young children. Believing that discipline starts at birth, the Searses discuss baby discipline, disciplining the toddler, mother-father roles in modern parenting, saying no, self-esteem as the foundation of good behavior, helping a child to express feelings, the constructive use of anger, good nutrition for good behavior, and sleep discipline.

    On handling problem behavior, the Searses cover sibling rivalry, spanking and alternatives to spanking, breaking annoying habits, and eliminating bothersome behaviors like whining and talking back. The Searses strongly advocate teaching children values like apologizing and sharing, and explain how to deal with such issues as lying, stealing, and cheating. In addition, the Searses address building healthy sexuality and discipline in special situations such as after divorce and in the single-parent household. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of wisdom, little science
    Here is a great book to own for Dr. Sears fans and "attachment parenting" families. It gives balanced advice, emphasizing the importance of respecting and understanding the child as a person without falling into the "parent as powerless mentor-friend" trap. The Searses were in the process of raising eight children when this book was written, so it contains a great deal of wisdom gained from vast experience.

    Probably the biggest drawback in this book is the tendency to use the term "attachment parenting" interchangeably with the more general psychological term "attachment" (which is basically the same as love, according to my understanding). I will not deny that many families find that Dr. Sears's famous attachment parenting methods (such as the family bed and infant wearing) actually do promote good attachment, but they are means to an end and not mandatory for all.

    Another weak area concerns the issue of spanking. The Searses are known for holding to the respectable view that spanking is not the best way to discipline, and that other methods are preferable. I have no problem with their view, but the so-called "science" that is used to support the view is very poor. No effort is made in any of these studies to look at responsible spanking; rather, all physical discipline is lumped together, including angry spanking, inappropriate spanking, and outright child abuse. Sorry, but these "studies" either have little to do with the issue at hand (loving discipline) or are simply worthless wastes of time that do not belong in this book or any other! The Searses themselves probably made the decision to not spank based on personal experience; they should cite this and leave the junk science alone. As an aside, the parent who does choose to spank will find a section in this book regarding how to do it lovingly, which I endorse, and which, ironically, is similar to advice offered by pro-spanking writers like Dr. James Dobson.

    To sum up, I recommend this book. However, if its gentle methods aren't working, by all means look for more assertive (but still loving) methods. Children thrive best where discipline is effective, as well as loving and fair.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book in a detachment oriented culture.
    I wish all of Dr. Sears books would be prenatal prerequisites and parting gifts at the hospitals! There is scientific evidence,personal experience, and genuine caring. Indeed,in an ideal world we would all be parented this way- people would value people over things.We have attachment parented our daughter by responding to her cues from day one in terms of nursing,crying,sharing sleep,holding and simply doing what feels humane. Zoe is almost three and this approach has truly helped me to know my child and has served as the foundation for effective discipline which is simply guidance, whether firm or gentle,it is setting limits,and correctng and redirecting. When you have done this from the beginning, "discipline" isn't something that you do all of a sudden now that they are a toddler. Talking to her early on and explaining things and having age appropriate expectations builds trust- this makes for a more harmonious relationship overall and quite an asset for there are days and weeks that are just hard- there are certainly challenges to being an "at home" parent-even with a great natured toddler,I believe that all of the Sears' books have affirmed the value that I have on the attachment process in the first three years of life.Attachment parenting is an investment.Our society wants independence and quick fixes where children our concerned: let someone else parent them,leave them to cry,spank,scream,ignore.These methodst have grave long term consequences-a good reason to buy this book! Read this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I really disliked this book . . .
    I have to agree with the negative views posted here. I wanted to add my review to help balance out the numerous positive reviews.

    I too consider myself an "attached" parent - I nursed both my girls for at least one year each (while working full time) and work very hard to be an effective parent even though I'm not home with them every day. As other reviewers have said, this book does the attached parenting thing to death. It more than implies that if you're an attached parent, you'll simply know what it is your child wants or needs and if you don't know, you must not really be an "attached" parent. In my experience, that isn't reasonable - no matter how good a parent you are, there are times when you simply aren't going to understand what your child wants. That's ok! The real world does not revolve around our little darlings, no matter how much we'd like it to.

    The advice to simply and gently "redirect" a toddler from something he or she wants is totally laughable if you have a toddler like I did who does not understand the subtlety of a gentle redirection! In the real world, children need both negative and positive reinforcement to learn right from wrong and safe from unsafe. This book misses the mark by a mile in that respect.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not for children under 1
    Our child's under one, and just getting to the discipline stage. There's nothing for a child under age one, unless you want to be told the value of attachment parenting (which I do not believe in). I've got a successful "Baby Whisperer" child so far. I'm keeping the book (I got it as a gift), but only because when I skipped around, it seemed to have some advice we might find useful when our child's older. If I hadn't have gotten it as a gift, I wouldn't have bought it because of the attachment philosophy, but I'm new to the world of discipline techniques so I'll keep it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not what an 'attached parent" needed...
    I loved the "Baby bBook", but was quite dissapointed with this one. It has little advise to balance excessive attention and control our sun was getting as a result of this approach. At this point I beleive that most "attachement" parenting families with one child spoil their children rotten and deprive them of independance they crave by age 2. Unless they have 8 of them like Sears. For balance I would highly recommend all books by Magda Gerber, particularly "Your Self-Confident Baby". She is a recognised authority on early childhood by both Montessori and Waldorf movements. They changed my life. By the way, i did not need a huge chapter on benefits of not spanking my children. i doubt many Sears followers do. ... Read more


    19. The Baby Name Wizard : A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby
    by LAURA WATTENBERG
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    Asin: 0767917529
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-08)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 512112
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    20. The Birth Book : Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library)
    by Martha Sears, William Sears
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    Asin: 0316779075
    Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 4535
    Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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    In The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, William and Martha Sears, authors of The Baby Book and creators of the concept of "attachment parenting," here turn their attention to the birth experience. In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings. The Birth Book is divided into three parts: "Preparing for Birth," "Easing Pain in Labor," and "Experiencing Birth." You'll find details about vaginal births; cesareans; VBACs; water births; home births; best birthing positions; drugs; pain; how to design your own birth plan; the humor, chemistry, and sexuality of birth; and pages and pages of birth stories. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thinking about "going drug-free"?
    If you are considering having a drug-free delivery (and even if you're not), this book is for you. It will help you understand the reasons why having a baby is painful and things you can do to make it easier. I found myself remembering what this book said WHILE IN LABOR. One of the best tips in the book was to prepare a birth plan and the knowledge you will gain by reading this will enable you to write a birth plan that suits you and will use the medical jargon enough that the doctors and nurses will respect you. It is also very realistic, yet encouraging, about pain relief during labor. I managed without drugs and it was an awesome experience. I took no childbirth classes and had "one of the most beautiful deliveries" the L&D nurse had ever seen. The information in this book was a huge help. Out of all the books I read to prepare for labor, this one was far and away the best. This is a must read for pregnant women!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Informative Advocacy for Natural Birth
    This book is SO much more accessible than the Bradley book which we used for our childbirth class. I wish I had had it before having two babies! I really enjoy the personal stories that the Sears use in all their books to illustrate their points... at the beginning of this book they describe the births of all 8 of their children. I found the section on prenatal tests particularly illuminating. Most books talk about amnios and such, but few talk about the consequences of fetal monitoring or ultrasounds in much detail. After reading this book I feel much more equipped to attempt a second natural birth... I have even had thoughts about home birth, but fear we are too far from the hospital.

    The Sears' make a strong point that fear and tension during labor greatly contributes to pain. They see pain as a natural barometer and suggest that severe pain indicates a change is needed. This change could be as simple as changing positions and moving about, or it might indicate that some intervention is needed. Although they strongly advocate natural birth, the Sears' view medication during birth as one tool (not without possible complications) to help achieve a satisfying birth experience. Much emphasis is put on upright laboring and birthing positions, to increase mobility and to utilize gravity. Having found it a great help myself, I enjoyed reading about using the tub during labor and wished they had spent more time talking about birthing in water. I am strongly considering this possibility in my next birth. The final section of the book contains references and suggestions for further reading on particular topics. Overall a very useful book which does a wonderful job of balancing their advocacy for natural unmedciated birth with respect for what medicine has to offer!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but glossed over some complications
    with the interventions. I preferred the "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" which highlighted many of the risks involved with each intervention. But this book went over many of the regular treatments found in a hospital birth. Overall, well written & excellent information.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is very one-sided.....
    I am the type of person who enjoys information that shows both sides. I have grown up going to doctors and I trust them when it comes to medicine. I got this book hoping that it would help me with some pain strategies for giving birth. However, it was much the opposite. Instead Dr. Sears and his wife start with the history of midwives being bumped out and go on and on about how doctors have ruined birthing for every woman because they brought in pain medications, and so forth. Instead of being satisfied with what I read, I was actually turned off, and don't even want to buy another book from these people! Sure it is empowering for those of you who want to go completely natural and feel that doctors should stay away from you during your birthing experience. But for me, I am totally middle of road. I want to know my options, I want to know the good and the bad in ever situation. Instead, the Sears only focus on the bad with doctors and hospitals and make you feel that because you choose to go the medical route that you are a failure at giving birth. Sure it would be great to go natural at birth, but if I am in enough pain that I want an epidural, then PLEASE give me one. It is also reassuring for me to know that I will deliver in a hospital in case anything goes wrong with either me or the baby. I think this book had some good advice (but not much), and the rest of it is all based on 2 people's opinions of how THEY THINK birth should be. I thought the book was VERY ONE SIDED!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I changed my birth plans 6 months into my pregnancy!
    If you are pregnant for the first time and don't know much about childbirth, READ THIS BOOK ... and don't be afraid to make changes to your birth plan (birth plan?!?) if some aspect of your care doesn't sit well with you. Do whatever you can to have a wonderful birth experience - it will live in your emotions and memory forever and may even affect how you bond with your child.

    I was six months pregnant with our first child when I did the craziest thing ever. I changed my caregivers and I changed my hospital. Here's how it went: During my pregnancy, our kitchen was being remodeled. Attempting to escape the paint and glue fumes, I spent long days at our local library, reading books about pregnancy and childbirth. I stumbled upon "The Birth Book" and of course, in my swollen condition, I devoured it.

    THIS BOOK ROCKED MY WORLD.

    It opened my eyes to how insane birth really is in this country - how over-medicalized it is. It really put the fear of God into me, so to speak, with regard to "routine" procedures such as episiotomy, forceps/vacuum use, epidurals, C-sections, etc. I was set on a path for the typical "hospital-epidural-medical" birth, without much thought that it could be any other (better, more satifying) way, until I read this astounding book.

    Thanks to this book, I scrupulously questioned my OB and ultimately switched from my OB to a Certified Nurse Midwife, I switched to a hospital with a very low C-section rate and a very pro-natural birth attitude and appropriate facilities, I hired a doula, and my husband & I took a Bradley class and cancelled our Lamaze class. BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK, I had a glorious, natural (drug- and intervention-free), waterbirth in the "Alternative Birthing Center" of a hospital. (Read our birth story in the upcoming book, Beautiful Births, due out in 2005! =)

    Of course, my husband initially thought I was stark raving mad for wanting to make so many drastic changes so far into my pregnancy, but after reading this eye-opening book, it seemed even MORE stark raving mad not to! Even if you have no intention of making any changes (some women like having fetal monitors and epidurals, and that is their prerogative!), read it. Whether you desire to birth naturally or more "medically," or if you're not sure, it is very empowering to be well informed about everything that happens within the birthing community. ... Read more


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