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After the Baby's Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women Paperback – September 1, 2004

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"Stands out in a field filled with practical how-to books." -Journal of Human Lactation

About the Author

ROBIN LIM is a mother, midwife, author, and poet. She has written for Mothering magazine and is a contributing editor for Midwifery Today. Robin lives with her family in Bali, Indonesia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587611104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587611100
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alesia Lloyd on August 30, 2003
It's about time that women have access to information that empowers them the nourish and heal themselves in ways that western medical science has denied them for so long.
With the power of being a mother and midwife, Lim writes this book as a gift to all new mothers, introducing them to their post-partumn lives in a beautiful, natural, and nourishing way.
I read this book after my second daughter was born and it change my reality. When I had my first child my post-partum experience was terrible, I was a new mother and had no access to anyone who really cared or unerstood what I was going through. All the doctor's saw me as was a body. No room for my feelings or quesions about my new role, or knowledge of natural healing herbs or message was available to me. It was a shame, and I feel that many women unknowingly accept this fate.
After reading this book for my second post-partum experience, I was empowered by Lim's nourishing words and wisdom, to take care of the part of myself that was a mother, not just a body. My emotions, my diet, my relationship with my husband and other child, knowledge of helpful herbs, and ayurvedic massage all come togother in a way that wholistic and nourishing.
This book is an important book for this time, when women are now begining to comprehend their roles as mothers in a completely new way than ever before, Women are now allowed to be the beautiful and natural healers that we have always wanted to be. Everyday we nourish our families, and nourish our co-workers, and bosses at work, but in this very special time of post-partum, it is finally our time to nourish and heal ourselves, and take time out to experience the bliss of our new family.
Lim's book will help us walk along this path guided by her wisdom and experience of attending the births of thousands of babies to women and mothers all around the world.
I highly reccommend this book to for any new mother, it will make a perfect gift.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Cole on October 22, 2003
I wish I'd had this book when my first two were born. When I was pregnant with the third I came across it and cried for having not known what kind of support I would need when the baby was born or how to ask for it. In America, we think a woman about to have a baby needs things - diapers, baby clothes, crib covers, and stuff. But what we really need is support and company and help with all the chores we shouldn't be doing during that first week of bonding, and recovering. After reading this book, when my best friend asked what I wanted for my babyshower, I replied "help" and we created a wish list of assistance during the first few weeks and people signed up to bring food, drive my oldest son to school, help with laundry, etc. It also has lots of good advice on post-partum birth control, recipes, exercises (with the baby), and around-the-world perspectives on the post-partum period. I am now ordering 3 copies to I can give one to each of my pregnant friends, along with "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Catena on October 8, 2003
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This revised edition of "After the Baby's Birth" continues with Robin's notable heartwarming and gentle approach to reinforce mothers' instincts. She gently and scientifically blends eastern and western traditions of maternal - infant health to guide women through this vulnerable transition time. The writing style lovingly validates the importance of care of self and child, when so much of our society validates neglecting oneself and newborn infant.
Beginning with support through the initial days of wonder and overwhelming motherhood, Robin covers all aspects of preventative health care - how to keep oneself healthy and avoid needless problems. Exercise, infant feeding, maternal nutrition, sexuality, sleep(lessness), and emotional vulnerability are all addressed while allowing for the variety of familial configurations in our modern society.
Illustrations are simple and clear. Writing space is provided for journaling or personal note taking.
The book is a "must-read" for all expectant and new mothers. I practically require it for my patients. A great baby shower gift!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kimba524 on April 11, 2003
If you're looking for mere facts & statistics, this may not be the book for you. But if you want a more "personal touch", and especially if you believe new mothers should be honored and pampered, get this book! What I love most about it is the absolute reverence the author shows for childbirth and mothering. Most other baby/mother care books may have helpful info, but read like the owner's manual you'd get with a new appliance or car. This one has useful information, but also emphasizes the emotional and spiritual aspects of having a baby. Even if you don't plan to use the Eastern-based references to diet, exercise, etc., reading about other cultures' approaches to birthing and mothering can be quite a valuable contrast to the Western (highly medicalized) perspective.
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I received this book as a gift and I think it is an invaluable resource for new moms and has a lot of great information for experienced moms too. I read it cover to cover during the last weeks of my second pregnancy. It is really too bad that it is out of print!
So many books focus only on the new baby and overlook all the changes the mother is going through. This book has a more wholistic approach with a strong focus on the mother's health. I didn't follow all of the advice to the letter but appreciated having lots of information that is not western-centric.
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