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2.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly disorganised. Needle in a haystack?, 27 Sep 2003
This review is from: New Pregnancy and Birth Book: The Complete Practical Guide for All Parents-to-be (Paperback)
Firstly, this book does have some very excellent sections. It starts very well with a nice pregnancy calendar explaining very briefly and concisely what happens when during the baby's development in the womb. This is followed by a section on Conception, Infertility etc which is also good.
From here the book goes swiftly downhill. There doesn't seem to be any organisation at all. The next stage, apparantly, is a discussion of where and how to give birth, then whether or not to breast feed. And as reviewers have said, she gives you the options and leans heavily on you in a very preachy manner to go her route. The text is also dry, dense and hard to read without tuning out.
Following up this, we jump randomly back to the female menstral cycle. From here on in, the book seems to follow no order. There are bits on various stages about conception, the pregancy, the birth and after. But they aren't organised in a decent fasion. I'm sure there is plenty of great information in here, but I'm not sure I can find it.
Finaly, since this is "The Complete Practical Guide for All Parents-to-be" I found it rather suprising that it's 100% geered towards a woman reading it. It mentions the father, but more as a woman's guide to the father. Not the father's guide to the pregnancy.
All in all, the book is outdated, poorly structured and heavily biased toward the woman reading it and doing exactly what Miriam thinks is right, regardless of her right to choose.
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