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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595238548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595238545
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Luke, a registered nurse and researcher, has written the first book addressing the avoidance of risk factors that lead to premature birth. After observing the link between high levels of stress and long hours on one's feet and the number of premature births in the nurses with whom she worked in a busy nursery, Luke studied the work of French obstetrician Emile Papiernik, whose initiatives led to a significant lowering of the premature birthrate in France. Factors identified were nontraditional in nature and included such things as standing, long hours, noise, fatigue, and stress. The author outlines the risk factors in home and work environments, lifestyle, and nutrition and offers suggestions to reduce those risks. She includes a preassessment test for the to ascertain how high her risk might be and a postassessment to help her see where she has and can make significant changes to prevent premature birth. This very readable book accomplishes the author's purpose quite well. Recommended for consumer health collections.
Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Today in the U.S., 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely. Luke, the director of the reproductive and perinatal epidemiology section at Rush-Presbyterian^-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, has for many years been concerned with prematurity, its possible causes, and its long-term emotional and financial effects. Here she offers a personal risk assessment covering a woman's family background, obstetrical and gynecological history, home and work environments, lifestyle, and nutrition to ascertain the stresses that might cause early contractions and labor. She comments on the importance of modifying behavior that can be modified--smoking, taking drugs, working long hours--because other factors that play a statistical role in preterm labor can't be modified, such as race, body size, or whether it is a first pregnancy or a multiple pregnancy. In advancing her thesis that prematurity can be prevented, Luke teaches women to recognize uterine contractions, change the environment that contributed to them, and adapt to a slower, easier pace. Appended: prenatal exercises, sample menus, laws concerning maternity leave, a glossary, and extensive notes about the clinical studies referenced in the text. A sound purchase. Kathy Broderick --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Barbara Luke is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. She has earned degrees in nursing, nutrition, population studies, and maternal-child health. During the past twenty-five years her research has focused on improving outcomes in multiple births through both clinical and vital statistics research. She is the recipient of the 2005 Agnes Higgins Award from the March of Dimes for distinguished lifetime achievement in maternal-fetal nutrition. In 2009 the Institute of Medicine used the weight gain guidelines developed by her research team as the first national recommendations for women pregnant with twins.

Health and nutrition information is available on her website, www.drbarbaraluke.com, along with a newly-launched line of maternity clothes specifically for women expecting twins, triplets, or quads.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Olietti on June 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found this book so helpful and empowering after spending nearly 10 weeks on complete bedrest with my first pregancy. I was a middle school teacher, working full time, and spending almost all day on my feet. I didn't slow down at all when I was pregnant. I had a lot of work-imposed and self-imposed stress and I went into preterm labor around 25 weeks and started dilating. We were able to quiet contractions and enough to keep me pregnant until 38 weeks - but weeks in a hospital and complete bedrest was no fun.

Since my sister had early labor and a preemie at 28 weeks, doctors thought that preterm labor may have been in our genes. But, with my second pregnancy I was determined not to experience full bedrest again or a preterm birth. I had read that France is one of the few industrialized countries that has actually been able to REDUCE its preterm birth rate. (The US rate continues to rise.) This book is based on the French studies and approach. To sum up the major points - the French approach to pregnancy is to TAKE IT EASY! Slow or stop working, get enough water, get a daily nap, get your vitamins, don't vacuum, don't ride the train, don't do heavy lifting, and don't try to be a super woman. Once early labor truly starts, it is almost impossible to stop, so learn to recognize early contractions (they don't necessarily hurt) and do what it takes to avoid them. A few months invested limiting your activity while pregnant is so much easier than spending weeks in bed - or worse - months in the hospital with a preterm baby.

My second, third and fourth pregnancies weren't easy, but thanks to the info in this book, I haven't been on complete bedrest again and I have no preterm births!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book might have prevented my premature
contractions (did not know not to vacuum or
when to call the doctor).
Does not have info for those of us now in
trouble trying to prevent premature labor,
i.e. moms on bedrest, moms taking medicines
to prevent premature labor.
Suggest buying this book EARLY in your
pregnancy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Identify your risk factors a learn how to modify your life to prevent the leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S.
A big must read for all pregnant women no matter you health or walk of life.
Little legnthy on information on disability leave and State Government contact information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
this book helped me identify risk factors in my first premature birth, and avoid them in my second pregnancy. i recomend to anyone who may have or has had preterm labor or birth.
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