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A Child Is Born [Hardcover]

Lennart Nilsson
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August 26, 2003
The fourth edition of this beloved classic--completely revised and updated.

When it was first published nearly forty years ago, Lennart Nilsson's A Child is Born broke astonishing new ground, offering an unprecedented glimpse of life inside the womb. Now this completely new fourth edition of the international classic brings revolutionary photographic technology and artistry to a landmark work. Packed with breathtaking, never-before-seen photographs and entirely new text, this awesome journey from fertilization to birth is a timeless masterpiece--completely revised for a new generation.

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In this latest edition of a classic originally published almost 40 years ago, photographer Nilsson and obstetrician Hamberger explore the miracle of birth, from attraction between a man and a woman to fertilization, pregnancy, labor and delivery; they also discuss infertility and developments in IVF and other treatments. Over 350 new photographs have been added to the fourth edition, including in utero pictures captured with endoscopy and three-dimensional ultrasound technology. Nilsson zooms in on sperm racing towards the egg, the brand-new zygote, the embryo clinging to the lining of the uterus, a tadpole-like fetus and the remarkably developed ear of a 18-week old fetus, among other moments in the process of human reproduction. With Hamberger's updated text on guidance for new parents, progress in fertility treatments, genetics and pregnancy health, the volume should continue to be a vivid reference for the whole family.
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The fourth edition of this beloved classic--completely revised and updated.

When it was first published nearly forty years ago, Lennart Nilsson's A Child is Born broke astonishing new ground, offering an unprecedented glimpse of life inside the womb. Now this completely new fourth edition of the international classic brings revolutionary photographic technology and artistry to a landmark work. Packed with breathtaking, never-before-seen photographs and entirely new text, this awesome journey from fertilization to birth is a timeless masterpiece--completely revised for a new generation.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 4 Sub edition (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038533754X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385337540
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know what to expect and buy with confidence October 3, 2010
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This book is fantastic! The images are spectacular, it reads like a well-written magazine article, and it provides enough information to really understand what's going on, without feeling like a textbook. It has a solid backing in scientific and practical information, and I recommend it to everyone - just know what you're getting before you buy:

1. This is a wonderful book about the human body. If you think the human body is offensive, do not buy this book. Yes, it has pictures of women giving birth. Yes, they're naked. If this offends you, I question your need for this book in the first place, but you might be happier with Watch Me Grow, which is sweet and informative, without subjecting you to the harsh reality of the human form. It would be quite a sacrifice in image quality, though. 3D ultrasound just doesn't compare to real optical photos.

2. This was not written for your 5-year-old. This book assumes that its audience already knows where babies come from. This is a fantastic book that the whole family can enjoy together, but you may not want to leave the younger ones alone with it or you'll have some serious explaining to do. The more adult sections might help with "the talk" with your teen, but if your child believes a smiling stork will fly by and drop off a new sibling, keep this book in the top cabinet with the cleaning solvents.

3. Some of the photos are old. This book has been in print for a long time. Lennart Nilsson has been doing his work for even longer. I was surprised at how many new images there were, but don't be alarmed when you see a few classics as well. No need for reservations - they are some of the most amazing.

4. You are not supporting abortion by buying this book (as implied by some 1-star reviews).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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The pictures are truly mindblowing but a lot of the information is out of date and inaccurate. I would not use this book as a source for maternity information.

On a more minor note it also splits the pregnancy up into strange time periods, sometimes there are several weeks between one update and the next, which is weird for such a picture heavy text.

That said the pictures are great and worth the price. (Even if they are mostly the same ones from the 1970s Nilsson Life Magazine spread.) If you want a good resource when expecting, this is not it. The parts with the out of date info are not only irritating but occasionally dangerous and contradict what is written in several other books Dr. Sears books are a very good choice comprehensive and non-judgmental and, some say, not as scary as What to Expect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Photos! October 5, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book! The photographs are absolutely amazing. My husband is amazed to see what is happening inside of me so early in my pregnancy. I would highly recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I had hoped August 18, 2010
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We purchased this book because our OB office had given us a magazine that had the pictures in it from the book. The pictures are incredible - there is no doubt however a lot of time is spent on the pre-conception and actual birth and less than I'd like to see on the fetal development. I don't really feel that I need to see a heat photograph of a man & woman in foreplay - I am pregnant - pretty sure I know how it happened :-)

The fetal development is amazing to see but some pictures & information jumps over a 5 week span. I purchased the book since this is our second child - I was more interested in this than the typical - what to expect pregnancy books - so am slightly disappointed to have to wait another month at least before I can see another picture that is relevant to where I am in pregnancy. Also the information is written, I imagine, with European prenatal recommedations, so some is just not accurate (ie: - assuming that the 1st doctors appointment happens after the 1st trimester).

Overall it's a nice book - not quite what i had hoped, but well worth purchasing for the price here on amazon.
Either way I like the book, but the labor pictures are pretty graphic - and most of the women are completely naked.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected January 27, 2007
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I bought this book hoping to see the mind blowing photogrpahs promised by other reviewers. If that is what you are after, I would strongly suggest buying Nennart Nilsson's other book, 'Life' instead of this one... sure, this has a few such pictures but they are intermixed with lame 1970's looking pictures of couples about to 'do it', etc. and a lot of unremarkable text.

If you really want to see some interesting footage from the womb, try checking out national geographic's 'in the womb' series on dvd...the one on multiples is particularly amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! May 26, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Best book if you crave photos, it shows the tiniest detail of life from before conception all the way to birth, unedited. For my first pregnancy, it was a real eye-opener and made the reality of birth come to life. It was the book all the pregnant girlfriends gathered around in the breakroom to make a fuss over the pictures. Fifteen years later, I still have it, tattered as it is. I even used one of his pictures on the cover of my book Christ Centered Childbirth published in Croatia. A cherished memory of my young pregnancy so long ago!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic stunner that's life changing
gave it as a gift to my daughter. It has become the daily/weekly benchmark for the entire family.
Our lives will never be the same from now on as we all are learning and... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Terry smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
After three of my own pregnancies using this gem, my niece is now loving this book, as well.
Published 6 days ago by Gabby Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Th photographs are beautiful. It helps the new mom (and dad) to ...
I bought this book as a gift because I remember reading it when I was expecting. Th photographs are beautiful. It helps the new mom (and dad) to imagine baby's development.
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. S
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing!!!
I purchased this book for my daughter, she is 4 months pregnant and she loves it. Amazing pictures. Amazing text. I wish I had known about it when I was pregnant w her!!!
Published 15 days ago by Rita gail
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read
I have this book and bought one for my son and daughter-in-law who are expecting a baby. They enjoy it as much as I did when I was pregnant with my children. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Avid buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 2 months ago by Winken
5.0 out of 5 stars and the pictures are beautiful.
I always buy this book for friends who become pregnant. It's a fascinating look at the developing baby, and the pictures are beautiful.
Published 2 months ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book that every expectant couple should have
I was given this book when I had my first baby in 1985. I gave copies of it to everyone at work who was expecting and when my daughter told us she was having a baby in 2013, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zoe L Ingersoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures are awesome and the amount of detail is fascinating
Pictures are awesome and the amount of detail is fascinating, almost unbelievable! Excellent book-especially at conception and the first trimester. Highly recommend this.
Published 2 months ago by Jan Weckesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful pictures!
Published 2 months ago by ana
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