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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK (2 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405335181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405335188
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Having had no previous experience of pregnancy, I found this book to be exceedingly useful - especially in the early stages where, in the UK, the pregnant woman is left largely to her own devices. As a doctor and a mother, Dr Stoppard's book is informative on both medical matters and those of the mother's emotions, physical changes, and expectations of birth - yet the medical detail is balanced with the more everyday and is neither over complicated nor patronising in its telling. As a mother herself, the author has managed to provide a realistic and reassuring recount of what to expect during the whole 9 months.
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I found this book ok for information on birth and choices etc but I found the black and white photos of 1970's blokes with long hair and beards very disconcerting and made me feel that the 'new' in the title was not valid as they'd obviously dragged up photos from decades ago. I also found there was not enough information on the initial development, it uses some very basic diagrams and jumps from wks 12 to 16 to 20 with very little info about anything. As a first time mum I wanted to know exactly what was going on EVERY week and this book did not give me that. I did find the table of 'common complaints'useful. Overall on its own, not great, but in conjunction with other books it was ok.
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As only planning at the moment with a variety of ideas, rumours, do's and do not's, horror stories and sensationalist reports whizzing through my head I can honestly say that this is a reassuring, clear and easy to read book about pregnancy. It gives you everything you want to know without being too clinical or too scary.
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This book has taken some of the mystery out of what is hopefully going to happen during the next 9 months. I've generally been completely freaked out about being pregnant but this book is convincing me I can do it too!!
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Great book! I recommend it to all new expecting mothers that have no idea of what to expect. It is easy to read and has step by step guide and pictures of the changes to yourself and baby. It supplies you with everything you need to know for pregnancy and labour and how to handle it.
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.
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Brilliant read! I highly recommended it for mums to be and also dads as well.
Step by step guide with informative pictures for the 9 months ahead.
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I was very surprised how quickly I discarded this book, considering Miriam Stoppard is considered an expert in the field. Some of the information was surprisingly sparse and a whole section is wasted on detailing the menstrual cycle and conception (if you're buying a book on child birth it would be safe to consider that you already have some idea!). Some sections are very preachy (you must do things Miriam's way) and potential problems such as genetic disordesr are not well explained or sympathetically dealth with. I laughed out loud when reading the suggestion of installing a sink in the baby's room! There are much better more comprehensive books available.
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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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