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Ask a Midwife [Paperback] , Margaret Plumbo , Catherine Parker-Littler
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1 Aug 2008

All your pregnancy and birth questions answered by experienced midwives

What’s best to eat during pregnancy? How many minutes apart should my contractions be? What’s a great tip for a good night’s sleep?

When it comes to dispensing care, advice and friendly reassurance during pregnancy and labour, midwives are the health professionals mothers want to turn to.

Find 1,000 real-life questions to midwives, answered with up-to-date information you can trust. Covers everything you need to know from conception to the first weeks of life with a new baby.

Draw on the experience of long-term midwife Catherine Parker-Littler and, Ask A Midwife is like having your own a midwife on call, 24 hours a day.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405331100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405331104
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This authorative book is a superb guide to all those questions which arise during pregnancy and childbirth. An ideal book for those wanting up to date professional advice, particularly in today's world when midwives are not easily available or who lack time to answer the worries and concerns of their clients.
It is reassuring to find out that the questions we have are the same as those of others. The diagrams are brilliant and clear, easy to understand.
A book to thoroughly recommend to those facing parenthood and an ideal gift for friends and family who are pregnant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have for every pregnant lady! 3 Jun 2009
I am pregnant with my first child and every day since I fell pregnant I have had a question i really wanted to ask someone. I bought loads of books but none of them covered the things i wanted to know! I bought this and read it cover to cover in one night and its easily one of the best books i've ever read! I covers absolutely everything, even the wee daft things you might not want to ask anyone and I found it just as good as talking to my midwife. My partner even read it! I still go back over it now and again if i want to find something out and the info is all there. Well recommended :)
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I bought this book when I was 16 weeks pregnant as I could never remember the questions I wanted to ask my midwife at my antenatal appointments. I wish I had seen it earlier - it is such a useful book. It covers from trying for a baby, all through pregnancy and the first few weeks after the birth. The book is broken down into sections, each with all the most common questions asked (and some not so common!), and the answers. There are loads of helpful photos and illustrations throughout, and a detailed index at the end so you can quickly look up specific areas. I would highly recommend this book, it is easily the most useful pregnancy book I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book! 8 May 2009
By K. DeFever - Published on
I borrowed this book from the library and referred to it several times during the first months of my pregnancy. Like other books from this publisher, the information is well-organized and concise with lots of graphs and photos. It's by no means encyclopedic though; for more in-depth info you may want to supplement this book with the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, or a similar tome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, very thorough and detailed... 21 Nov 2008
By Ninjaba - Published on
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With the excitement of expecting our first child I went in search of finding a good book to answer the many questions from pregnancy to childbirth. I looked at several books, but this is the only one that had me sitting for hours reading every detail. I had to buy it!

The great thing about this book is its ease of use. The book is divided into 6 Sections, and within each Section are many Subsections:

1. Trying for a Baby
(Example of Subsection: We want to be parents. I've had a miscarriage. We're not getting pregnant. How will I know I'm pregnant?)
2. Now You're Pregnancy
3. Your 40-Week Journey
4. Labor and Birth
5. New parents
6. A New Life

Within each Subsection the authors use Question and Answer style to discuss things such as: preeclampsia, prenatal visits, exercise, baby development, how your body changes, how / when to tell people your pregnant, working while pregnant, breastfeeding, labor, emotions of childbirth and after, neonatal intensive care, safe sleeping positions, pain relief for delivery, homebirths and hospital births, and so much more. And to keep things diversified there's also questions and answers for your partner, and a section on your partners involvement throughout pregnancy and during delivery. Along the way are also Myths and Misconceptions.

The pages are printed on nice thick glossy paper so the many color pictures and drawings look crisp and clear. There is also a Sections tab running along the top of the pages; the one you're in stays colored so you know what Section you are in.

We chose to have a midwife deliver our baby so this book suits us fine. A midwife wrote the book, and many other midwives made contributions. I'm certain if there's a question you have it's bound to be answered here.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource on Pregnancy! 24 Jan 2014
By Ellie45 - Published on
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I love this book! It is very informative, and gently written, unlike many midwife books. It does not force home birth on you but simply informs you of your options while going through the details of pregnancy and birth and nursing. I highly recommend it!
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information, poor editing 30 Dec 2011
By Chelsey Hart - Published on
I bought this book at a used book store because I am pregnant and we are going to use a midwife. I do like the information in the book, there are great explanation for what is going on with your body and your baby. I have noticed quite a few spelling a grammar errors, though. I didn't pay much for this book, but I would never expect a book to have this many errors! Overall, it's a good read and I would recommend it to a friend. The editors could have done a much better job.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Sep 2011
By Bee - Published on
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I am a nurse practitioner and I recommend this book to all my prenatal patients. The information is accurate, clear, and written simply but not dumbed down. The question and answer format is easy to read. The book presents pregnancy and childbirth from a positive, healthy slant instead of the scare tactics, threats, and "do not do" lists of a very well known pregnancy book (ie. WTE).
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