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The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy Paperback – March 1, 2011

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About the Author

Erin MacPherson is an editor and staff writer for a parenting and pregnancy Web site. She is a member of MOPS and writes for their Web site; she blogs at christianmamasguide.com. Erin lives with her husband and two children in Austin, Texas. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: GuidepostsBooks (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824948580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824948580
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erin MacPherson lives with her husband and their three adorable children in Austin, Texas. She was an editor and staff writer for a popular parenting and pregnancy Web site for years, where she spent hours each week researching pregnancy, talking to obstetricians and midwives, and giving out tips and advice to new and pregnant mamas. Visit Erin at christianmamasguide.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on April 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
You've seen them, those chatty `girlfriends-guide-to-having-a-baby' type books. But you've wondered - are these books going to be unnecessarily crude? Raunchy? Worse? Well, Erin MacPherson has written a similarly light-hearted guide to pregnancy entitled The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby.

Laugh-out-loud funny, MacPherson tackles the nitty-gritties of pregnancy in chronological order while providing the much-needed levity every pregnant mama needs to hang in there! Bonus sections include thoughts and advice to husbands from husbands who've been there (I loved this part!) Like many Guideposts titles, the faith emphasis isn't particularly strong in this title, but the author does acknowledge the difficulties pregnant moms face maintaining a godly attitude. She often directs moms towards their Creator as a source of support during the difficulties pregnancy can bring.

I enjoyed the fact that MacPherson does attempt to include some coverage of alternative caregivers such as midwives, birthing locations such as birth centers etc. although she hasn't personally experienced them. Having given birth at home four times I found her take on the medical aspects of pre-natal care and delivery to be fairly traditional and at times unfairly skewed in favor of medicated hospital births (she warns about the risks of preventable injuries that have occurred in home births, but what of all the common, preventable negative outcomes so common in hospital births?)

I'll admit, I'm a rabid natural-birther, so it's hard to please me on that front; I do suggest moms-to-be do some intensive research on the consequences and risks of common interventions (such as epidurals) before plunging into one. Complications following an epidural can too often lead to a c-section.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annie on February 20, 2011
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I really loved this book and I wish that it had been around when I was pregnant. It's refreshing to read funny pregnancy stories without having to put up with crass language. Also, it helps to know that you're not alone in your pregnancy induced insanity and that the Lord is always available to help calm it. If you're looking for an encouraging and entertaining source to help you survive your pregnancy, this is an excellent book! Even if you've already "been there done that," it's almost enough to make you want to go through it all again. I will certainly be purchasing it for all of my current and future preggo friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. on March 14, 2011
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Do you ever read pregnancy books and wish that they were more down to earth or on your level? When I picked up this book, I found myself laughing through it. This is not a medical birth book, but more a guide from people who have been there.....there is sections for your husband, by the husbands as well as covering all sorts of other topics.
I loved the fact that she covered midwives and birth centers along with hospitals and gave you several different options for birth. She did an excellent job of portraying midwives as they are, instead of how often pregnancy books do.
I was vaguely disappointed she did not mention anything about doulas...I know the education is lacking on doulas and would love to see more pregnancy books talking about them, but that was a minor miss on this books part. The author does a great job taking the topics that you want to know about in pregnancy and bring them into perspective. You suddenly realize you are not the only one who wondered how when you only ate salad all day....and gained two pounds....where it went?

Over all, this book was a fun, happy way of looking at pregnancy and the discomforts of it. In it's fun happy way of writing, it has a down to earth feeling though as well. It is not terribly deep, but it is one I highly recommend for a pregnant mom to read and enjoy. You will find yourself as I did, curled up and giggling through it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MoniqueG on April 11, 2012
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I came across this book at a Christian book store and upon reading a page in the store I was hooked.. I tossed my What To Expect When Your Expecting to the side because all it ever did was freak me out. Reading The Christian Mama's Guide is easy in the sense that you feel like your listening to a girlfriend of yours speak about her experiences. Its highly addicting, I couldn't put it down.. 5 weeks before my due date and I still refer back to this book and also shared the daddy chapter with my Husband. This has become the new staple for me, any of my girlfriends that get pregnant now will have there own copy, for sure!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ConsiLi on September 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Well... I say the positives first. It is a nice, funny, easy-to-read book. That's it. With a little bit of sprinkled-in Jesus here and scripture there.
But....
It seems to be very fashionable these days to be a little over-emphasized light-hearded. To throw around with words like boobs, puking, farting and to thematize constipation with an oh-so-funny tone does not make a book better or more funny.
Erin McPherson seems to have a bit of a narrow view on pregnancy. It looks as if HER vision how she was pregnant is the only one. I sympathize that she had a really bad case of all day morning sickness. It must be horrible. But there are actually those "gals" who do not puke around the clock. I am one of those. And i am also one of those who does not bark at her husband constantly to send him to the store after midnight to get a big pineapple and sausage pizza with a side order of fudge-ripple and a gallon of chocolate milk to spill it down with. By the way, reading her eating habits makes me wonder why she should NOT be constipated and throwing up all the time. Erin McPherson seems to view pregnancy as one big great justification and starting shot to finally start eating like a monster because you may finally gain weight and get fat. Which she did. Which I don't intend to.(Quote: "I looked forward to being able to eat whatever i wanted for no reason other than the fact i wanted it.")
This book is stuffed with annoying clichés. Funny to read at times but it gets old very quickly. There are those pregnant gals who don't devour chunky monkey, double-cheeseburgers and fudge ripple 24/7 (and wonder about getting sick and/or constipated. There are those husbands who don't stare on their oh-so-growing boobs of their wifes and begin to slobber.
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