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The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby
by Ann Douglas and John Sussman
So you want the info about pregnancy, but you don't want three billion books? Then this is the book to buy.
The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby will teach you a little bit about a lot of things in pregnancy, from emotional and health issues to bringing baby home and planning issues.
There isn't really a missing topic in this 800+ page book, although if you are looking for in-depth information on a particular topic you may have to find additional sources. Most of the information is presented in a non-biased manner, although there are a few points that I disagree with the author on.
Pregnancy is covered thoroughly, including multiples and other special situations. No matter where you intend to give birth or how, the labor section has something for you or your partners.
I do have to say that I'm very glad to see choosing a childbirth class covered so thoroughly. I think that this topic is left out of many books. Douglas really seems to know this and has done a great job of helping you cover your options.
Another topic near and dear to my heart and Douglas' heart is the subjectof infant loss, and pregnancy after such a devastating loss. Douglas brings with her the stillbirth of her daughter and her subsequent pregnancy to this touching information on the realities of parenting and pregnancy after losing your dream.
While this book seems to be a natural read for any pregnant woman, it is also a very useful tool for anyone intending to support or educate pregnant families. Dads and other partners can use this book easily.
This book has many techniques, and charts to use. I like the tips located in the margins throughout, it makes locating a quick easy answer and helpful info much faster for those times when you don't have a lot of time to read through a section.
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