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Neither Odes nor Morris is a doctor, but as eager authors and recent mothers themselves, they aim, in this chick-friendly guide, to dish out Internet-accessible information and you-go-girl supportive advice. Their approach is to consider the authorities with a mere grain of salt, while seeking a supportive environment in which to nurture one's pregnancy and child-rearing. And while sorting through the opinions along the way, from choosing a health-care provider, coping with loss, birthing strategies, breastfeeding and sex, and baby-care basics, among other topics, the authors provide on most pages plentiful belly-shaped bubbles containing lively quotes from "anonymoms." Hear the mothers from the trenches express what they really feel, from one mom who enthuses, "The belly—I loved everything about it, and it makes people—strangers, even—feel enthralled with you") to the sadly modern refrain of another, "Sometimes I bury myself in work so I don't feel the sadness, fatigue and stress of having the baby waiting for me at home." The authors' are upbeat and well informed, and their useful back-of-the-book references address sensitive specific needs such as adoption and surrogacy, teen and older parents, and breastfeeding controversies. (May)
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“Incredibly important reading for anyone about to have a baby…From the Hips gives you what you need to make informed decisions, shares experiences from other parents that will make you laugh, and reveals many of the secrets our mothers didn't tell us.”
–Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee Moms and Wannabe Dads
“What every new parent needs–a ton of expert advice, presented with humor and zero negativity, from two moms who instantly feel like your best friends. This is the one pregnancy guide that new parents will actually want to read."
–Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of Mommy Wars and The Washington Post's online work/family column, “On Balance”
“From The Hips is a deeply refreshing, honest look at the profound changes we undergo during pregnancy and beyond. Ceridwen and Rebecca unabashedly go into areas that other guides shy away from, offering support to every kind of prospective mother. Being pregnant and having a child is alternately the most beautiful, complex, difficult, rewarding experience a woman can imagine. This book gives it straight and from all sides, without judgment, and with irreverent humor and candor from its authors.”
“Supportive, positive, real, and rarely preachy…Finally a reference guide for parents that treats us like we have brains.”
- Bust Magazine
The honest talk about epidurals and C-sections, including anonymous quotes from moms, is must-read info for anyone planning a hospital birth. In fact, the book is full of frank advice about most of today's biggest hurdles for pregnant women, from going back to work to breastfeeding in public... At every step, it addresses not just what you'll be going through physically, but what you and your partner might be addressing emotionally, too. Cheers to this realistic take on the lifestyle change that is pregnancy and parenthood.
- Pregnancy Magazine
This is hands down the most helpful book I read during my pregnancy and in the days after. It's details every question you could have and is entirely free from judgement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna
Love this book! Read it with my first daughter, and it's hilarious. :) Lots of great tips, and lots of great information.Published 2 months ago by ChristianaR
This book SUCKS. Its not offering new information and it tries too be too cutesey.Published 2 months ago by NotPatient
This was the best pregnancy book I've read out of many. Its the one I will recommend going forward.Published 4 months ago by Heather Johnson
This has been a great book for my pregnancy - it provides me with lots of different perspectives. I have also found that it's been great to pick up and put down throughout, as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LEAlder
Wonderfully non-judgmental and has lots of good information. However. However, like 99% of books being marketed to pregnant (or hoping to be pregnant) women it has chunks of BS... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melissa
This book seems to be targeted at younger moms and first time moms. It has all your basic information in it, and LOTS (to the point of over-kill) graphics to highlight and compare... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JessicaS.