Literary companionship for mothers- and fathers-to-be is the objective of this evocative collection of poetry, essays, and short stories. Kovacic and Barrett, both mothers, lamented the lack of literature that revealed the truth of the child-bearing experience, began searching, and finally identified a new genre of birth literature. The book is organized from conception through childbirth and includes a wide variety of experiences by all kinds of parents. Among the contributors are Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood, Rosemary Bray, Stephen Dunn, and Audre Lourde. The emotional range presented includes the trepidation, resentment, joy, and hysteria from the time the pregnancy test delivers the anticipated and/or feared news, through the pangs of actual delivery, on to the incredible machinations of breast-feeding and other parental responsibilities. The writers offer vivid descriptions of childbirth, as well as the agonizing self-doubts and accomplishments that occur every step along the way. A wonderful collection about a transforming experience, the book is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by expectant parents. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"In this marvelous anthology, a chorus of extraordinary writers has been summoned to examine the endlessly fascinating experience of human nativity. In tributes that vary from joyful to unflinching to troubled to lyrical they honor that most fundamental, most immutable truth; all births are complicated, emotionally."