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Having a baby remains one of the great wonders of nature. But sometimes nature needs a helping hand and this publication is a complete companion for parents as they make the intrepid journey through pregnancy.
It features everything you would need and might want to know about the miracle of new life; from planning a family in the first place (if that was the intention) to conceiving, giving birth and receiving the correct antenatal care.
Beautiful photographs and diagrams take you through the pregnancy calendar, giving details on the baby’s physical growth, the changes to your body and the antenatal care needed at each stage.
Stoppard promotes the involvement of fathers in the process, recognising the important part they play. She also gives useful advice for the birth partner, whether the women’s partner, relative or friend.
First published in 1985, this classic has been fully revised and updated here to become an outstanding guide to pregnancy by the authoritative and well-known Dr Miriam Stoppard.
The glossy photographs and excellent illustrations make even the most complex issues easy to digest and understand.
Just about everything to do with any stage of pregnancy is covered in sufficient detail, including pain relief during labour, suggested positions for delivery and natural childbirth.
And it does not shy away from controversial matters: for example it tells you about the effects of drugs on your baby.
There is also a common complaints chapter and a sample birth plan, plus a rights and benefits section in the appendix, which gives details of when benefits can be claimed and offers advice on the information you will need to give to your employer.
Everything is well set out. All the information is in a logical order and easy to access. This book is highly recommended for parents-to-be. --Carole Butterworth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The only thing that did confuse me a little, as with other books I have read on maternity, was the part of good nutrition. She suggests what you shouldn`t eat, but then you will find some of these foods in her list of needed vitamins and minerals?
Apart from this, I have used this book as a mile stone for the past 6 months and It will be near me during labour as a reference guide, in case my husband needs it.
Step by step guide with informative pictures for the 9 months ahead.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a helpful book, answered lots of questions and explains everything to expect during pregnancy.Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Hannah Beard
Fantastic book, I got this for my daughter and she is finding it as useful as I did when I had an earlier edition twenty five years ago when I was pregnant with her!Published on 10 July 2014 by janet pearson
Excellent , I had 4 kinds and each pregnance I find something new with from this book. Its interesting how each baby is so different.Published on 10 Jun. 2014 by Marcus A.
Very well written and informative book. I had this book 22 years ago and for each of my sons partners I've bought the current copy. I read it every day. It never left my side.Published on 8 Jun. 2014 by Susan Eckersley
I bight this book, almost immediately as soon as I found out..!
This book was amazing, it has everything you could want to know, about the pregnancy, birth, labour. Read more
I purchased this for my newly pregnant daughter expecting her first baby to try and prevent her continually consulting the internet. It worked. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2013 by Julia Stoddart
Really good and really interesting. Would be good for midwifery students or even people just interested in baby development in the womb and how pregnancy affects a woman, it's... Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2012 by Dawn R.