Right Time Baby: The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood Paperback – 2 May 2011
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At last a book that puts the risk factors into perspective and encourages older women to become mothers! This is a treasure trove of useful guidance about the wonderful options there are for a positive and life changing pregnancy at any age. Written with a twist of humour, this book will inspire and inform as much as it will amuse you. (Janet Balaskas - Founder Active Birth)
The book by Claudia Spahr is perfectly adapted to our time because many sentences end with a question mark. Delayed motherhood is an unprecedented situation on the five continents. When facing new situations the priority is to phrase new questions. (Michel Odent)
Very easy to read and informative. (Dr Yehudi Gordon)
Claudia Spahr has written a wise, informative, and entertaining pregnancy and birth guide that is both perfect for older mothers and equally relevant if you're still in your teens or twenties. Don't miss this one! (Ina May Gaskin, author, and founder of The Farm Midwifery Centre)
Right Time Baby is just the right medicine for women who want to have a baby but who have been led to believe that their fertile time is drawing to a close. Nothing could be further from the truth. Take heart, read this book, and tap into your fertility birthright. (Dr Christiane Nothrup, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom)
This book gives women a timely and positive understanding that pregnency over 35 is not just a possibility, but a source of joy and delight. Claudia offers oodles of useful tips and helpful information, presented in a really accessible and down to earth manner. A fabulously helpful resource. (Una Dinsmore-Tuli, author and yoga pioneer)
The time is right for a book like this. I shall be recommending Right Time Baby to all my pregnancy clients. (Dr Jonathon Dao, ND OMD)
Right Time Baby is heartening, but more importantly, encouraging. There is another way, if you want it. (Juno magazine 2011-06-01)
About the Author
Claudia Spahr is a Swiss English author and journalist who spends most of her time in Spain and India. During her career in radio and TV she has worked for the BBC, ITV and CNN. She wrote this useful guide after the birth of her own 'Right Time Baby'. www.righttimebaby.com www.claudiaspahr.com
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Claudia Spahr points out in a no- nonsense and down-to-earth manner that, despite medical opinion, in most cases, conception is not beyond the reach of women in their mid-late thirties and beyond. She counters the perceived wisdom with evidence and common sense arguments in favour of 'late' Motherhood. This is a breath of fresh air for would-be parents who are not in their twenties.
Spahr covers the following:
* Are you ready for conception (emotionally and physically)
* Enhancing natural conception
* Preparing for IVF and medical interventions
* Pregnancy loss and miscarriage
* The First Trimester
* What tests to take: arguments for and against
* Second Trimester
* Third Trimester
* Labour and Birth
* Baby needs
* Your needs as a Mother
As you can see this book covers a lot of ground. The main thrust of the book is to encourage positivity and a sound 'mind-body' connection at every stage from conception throughout pregnancy and the birth process. Planning for labour was an interesting section that encourages women to connect with their ability to perform what should come naturally but has been eroded by fear and suspicion throughout the centuries. However, Spahr does not push a 'natural is the only way' agenda and talks about the role of epidural and caeserean in the birth process. Again, all options are discussed in a balanced way with pros and cons given for each intervention.
Great book. Even if you think you know it all but want a book that is positive and encouraging-to get that all important mind-body connection in sync-then I would heartily recommend that you try this book.
UPDATE 24th October 2012:
I decided to take the plunge and try for a baby this Summer. I fell pregnant on the first attempt and my baby is due next April. This book embued me with a sense of confidence that I did not have beforehand. Previously, being the 'wrong' side of 35, I had convinced myself I was infertile and would not conceive at all (not based on medical fact but my own paranoia). Ok fertility does decline with age but this book highlights that you can do things to improve your chances. I believe that stress is the biggest barrier to conception and that you shouldn't assume that you will have difficulty unless you know for certain that you have a medical condition.
I would also like to add that as well as reading this book (and the one by Emma Cannon 'The Baby Making Bible') I have adopted some lifestyle changes such as taking up Kundalini Yoga (I would recommend Maya Fiennes and Ravi Singh-Ana Brett's DVDs) and changing the way I respond to stressful situations (i.e. not sweating the small stuff). Adopting a dog has also helped. Some of these options may not appeal to everyone but they helped me.