YOUR BABY, YOUR WAY : Taking Charge Of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, And Parenting Decisions for A Happier, Healthier FamilyJennifer Margulis
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This Book Challenges Advice Given To New Mothers & Encourages You To Question Current Cultural Practices Around Pregnancy And Infant Care
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A finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award, this eye-opening, must-read book arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their babies.
☞ Why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, does the United States have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world?
☞ Why do American obstetricians award pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed with “free” samples of infant formula?
☞ Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against a sexually transmitted disease?
Your Baby, Your Way, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science, revealing how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests.
An illuminating combination of meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis’s impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory. Your Baby, Your Way arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.
This guidebook presents the view point for the demedicalized, minimalist model of care during pregnancy, birth, and childhood, which is the opposing viewpoint to the highly medicalized, maximist model of care standard in the United States.
In Your Baby, Your Way award-winning journalist Jennifer Margulis explores our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life, challenges advice given to new mothers, and encourages parents to question what they’re told about prenatal and infant care.
Margulis explains how financial interests often skew the treatment we give to mothers and infants, investigating topics such as:
● How the diaper industry perpetuates delays in potty training
● Why cesareans are increasingly prevalent
● Why more women don’t breastfeed
The book is interspersed with anecdotes from her own mothering adventures as well as countless stories from other parents, doctors, researchers, authors, etc.
Based on meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis’s impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, empowering, and revelatory. Going beyond the advice in theWhat to Expect books, Your Baby, Your Way inspires and empowers, helping couples have a happier, healthier pregnancy and childbirth, and “motivates women to ask ‘why?’ before blindly agreeing to everything their doctor orders” (Booklist).
What makes this book a must-have for expecting or hopeful parents is that it doesn’t stop at birth. From breastfeeding to diapering, each chapter tackles a different cultural practice that one must make decisions about in the first year of a baby’s life. She presents every side of the story.
About the Author :
Jennifer Margulis, PhD, is an award-winning journalist and Fulbright grantee. Her work has been published in The New York Times; The Washington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parents; Parenting; Brain, Child; Mothering Magazine; More Magazine and on the cover of Smithsonian. A Boston native, she lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and four children.
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