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Emma Mahony
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Book Description

15 Sep 2003

This indispensable guide to multiple pregnancy, birth and beyond, comes from an expert on the subject – Emma Mahony is a twin herself as well as being the mother of twins. Humorous cartoons from the Times’ front-page cartoonist make this a lighthearted, informative guide to everything expectant mothers of twins need to know.

Twins are amazing – but multiple pregnancy and birth, not to mention coping with twins once they are born, carries a set of special fears, risks and issues. Many parents-to-be find themselves overwhelmed.

This guide is informative yet informal – in a similar vein to ‘Best Friends Guide To Pregnancy’.

The author is uniquely experienced in this subject, being a twin and also a mother of baby twins.

Contains advice from pregnancy and childcare experts as well as case studies.

Illustrated inside with humorous cartoons from Jonathan Pugh, father of two and front-page cartoonist at The Times.

An exploration of practical issues such as eating for three, managing breastfeeding, and the trend towards Caesareans for NHS twin births.
• Any special concerns? The unnecessary label of ‘high risk’ in pregnancy.
• Testimonies from mums who have tried different approaches.
• Interviews with medical and midwife experts.
• A step-by-step guide to the different stages of pregnancy and birth, including how to involve the father and explain twins to other siblings.
• Tips on managing once the twins have arrived.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (15 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007153988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007153985
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emma Mahony is a successful journalist who currently works as feature writer for the Times. She is a twin herself, as well as being the parent of twins, and her monthly column in the Saturday Weekend section of the Times, ‘Double Trouble’, takes a humorous yet serious look at the business of bringing up twins.

Jonathan Pugh has been the front page cartoonist for the Times since 1996 and was voted Cartoonist of the Year at the 2001 Press Gazette Awards.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Twins 3 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Having just discovered that I'm about to have twins I was desperate to find out more information, I have now brought lots of books of about twins and have to say that this is the best book to buy. As well as being very practical it also explains everything in a very humorous way. I would recommend this book to any one who is having more than one baby
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best twin pregnancy guide. 21 Oct 2003
By A Customer
I found this book to be so valuable as a british woman expecting twins. Many of the books on twins are written by and for American women. This book covers things like NHS and twin birth, making a twin birth plan, not being affraid to make your choices for the birth. Also preparing for twins and the first year are also included. The other nice thing about this book is that the author has had twins recently, and so all her advice is so relevant now - everything from which 3-wheeler puch chair is most popular with twins club members to where to get the rolls royce of double breast pumps from!! well worth reading!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much information on toddler twins 19 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Review synopsis suggests the book covers from birth and beyond, and expressively mentions toddlers and even teenagers. However looking at contents after it arrived, it is almost entirely dedicated to twins up to 1 year old. It may be very good at offering help & advice for this age, but not much help if you are contending with two little toddling tykes who have just turned two (or indeed older).
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has This Author Even Got Twins? 3 Jan 2010
By MrsTiz
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I did enjoy this book when I was pregnant - it has some nice bits in it. I re-read it after the pregnancy and I just thought "What a load of drivel". It goes something like this:-
Twins arrrrgh, they're going to be really, really hard work (brilliant as twins are) so here's a chapter on hiring help, because you must be mad if you think you can cope alone [twin mums are hardcore - you'll cope].
Twins are really hard work - you'll want your life back asap - so Gina Ford them and then you can go to the cinema whilst your hired help minds them.
Twins are really hard work, if you want to take them on holiday - sedate them for the journey (your GP will understand after all it's twins and happily hand over the sedatives).

She wants you to do an awful lot of research to find out and meet all your community midwives, hospital midwives, join this class, write a book - sorry, birthplan, drill your doctor for info on this, that and the other which is fine in theory but most pregnant twin mums can barely sum up the energy to blow their nose. The difficulties of a twin pregnancy are never explored - just a chapter on being tired, yeah right. By that I mean how dibilitating they are for the mother and if you're lucky enough to be able to keep something down for more than 30 minutes, you might not have the energy or inclination to eat a ton of vegetables but may want to go straight for something a little more crappy because that's what you can eat and want at that moment. This is a book on the 'perfect' twin pregnancy with just tiredness being the only symptom of supporting two little humans in the making.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful book for twin mums 19 July 2007
This book is really useful for anyone expecting twins or who has just had them. There is a lot of anecdotal advice about what the author found useful with her twins and you don't feel bullied into doing what she says. There is a very handy list of what to buy - although products have changed a bit since publication it gives you an idea of what to look for e.g. when buying a double buggy. It definitely helped me in the first few months after having my twins as you have some ideas for things to try, know that there are other twin mums in the same boat as you, and most importantly, it makes you see the funny side of your twin-related problems. I would say it is much more useful than more formal pregnancy or childcare books, and all the cartoons ring true!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misinformed Double Trouble 20 July 2010
We were excited when we learnt we had twins and looked for the best book recommendations. Our choices were limited, which may explain why this book has got so high on the list and yet is of such poor quality. It contained all the usual generalisations about twins that we found in every other subsequent book that we read and offered us nothing new.
The Author spoke with an arrogance of authority which initially gave us confidence until we realised she had no professional qualifications other than having paid for private care and controlled her London-centric pregnancy and delivery without any understanding of how the rest of us manage in the UK.
Our rural experience would expect to differ greatly, but what was particularly unhelpful was her innacurate representation of medical interventions and the role of the medical team which should be the same throughout the UK. She seeemed to advocate that we should see medical staff as being ignorant and lazy and that we should bully our midwife/obstetrician into doing exactly what we wanted. She also gave inaccuracies on the serious aspect eclampsia and can be quoted as suggesting that medical staff on a maternity ward have very little work to do so fill their time making tea and eating chocolate. We wanted to be informed for decision making and how to best develop relationships with the medical team. This lady clearly has personal issues with the current British health system and made us feel very anxious by her biased agenda until we sought further help locally and with other literature. If you are wealthy and believe that the world is against you and that you know better than any other professional then this book is for you.
We suggest you read 'Everything you need to know to have a healthy twin pregnancy' by Gila Leiter and join TAMBA.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
Light -hearted and entertaining. I've read this while expecting twins and found it generally encouraging and positive (if occasionally inaccurate!)
Published 1 day ago by missy- L-B
3.0 out of 5 stars Good during pregnancy
I read this book during my twin pregnancy and found it useful as it was an easy read and had the info on twin labour as well as example stories that I needed to read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by rose20
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Highly recommend this book. Very informative and helpful advice with everyday questions that might arise when expecting twins... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I bought this for my daughter as she was expecting twins, I was really pleased to find a book that others had recommended
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. K. V. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read
We both read this gem the week after discovering we were expecting twins. It was a life saver, showing that life could be okay again!
Published 10 months ago by John Sjolund
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
We got this book when we found out that we were expecting twins. This is an excellent read and is written in a way that makes you smile. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ChristmasLady
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book would be fine if you're from "made in Chelsea" but for normal folk it's just far too removed from reality. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clarence
1.0 out of 5 stars Flippant attitude
This was the only book about twins I could find in the library when I found out I was expecting twins. Read more
Published 13 months ago by HMW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book recommend
Great book would thoroughly recommend we e have twins due in 2 weeks helped us understand fat del I very
Published 14 months ago by eddie scott-barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for expectant twin mums - a nice read ...
Brilliant book for expectant twin mums - a nice read compared to some of the more serious ones out there! Read more
Published 14 months ago by RMcG13
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