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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237088
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

“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

Customer Reviews

Upon reading this book for the first time this evening, I am so relieved.
A. Wallace
I love the many "Anonymom" quotes sprinkled throughout the book--makes it feel like a community effort.
Liz Chalmers
I enjoyed reading this book which had a lot of good info plus it was in an easy to read format.
Nancy Smith

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Liz Chalmers on June 29, 2007
I am a childbirth educator and mom of four. I've read almost every pregnancy and childbirth book that's out there. From the Hips is my new favorite. It's easy to read, amusing, and packed with well presented options with none of the preachy, prescriptive tone of so many parenting books. For example, birth options--hospital/birth center/homebirth; midwife/OB--are explained factually and fairly leaving the reader to decide what feels right for her. I love the many "Anonymom" quotes sprinkled throughout the book--makes it feel like a community effort.

My only criticism of the book is the riotous use of color--it's fun but at times too intense and intrusive. Not enough of a distraction to lower my 5 star recommendation though.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Wallace on July 23, 2007
Upon reading this book for the first time this evening, I am so relieved. I am in my first trimester of my first pregnancy and, after getting "What to Expect" for my first reference, I was left feeling overwhelmed and inadequate right from the start. From the Hips is fun, frank, informative and well organized. This book is so much better than the others -- it even inspired me to write my very first review on Amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mari on February 25, 2010
I am pregnant with my first child. I picked this book up from my library and am now going to buy it for anyone else I know who gets pregnant.

If you are like me, you tend to fantasize about all the fun and games and great expectations of having a baby. And, while you do also have doubts and worries, you tend to push those to one side because you think they are "unnatural" or "not healthy." But, the truth is, new parents really need to know what is involved in the REALITY of having a child. Friends and relatives who have had babies may tell you some things, but often they romanticize the process either because they really don't remember how hard it was or, they don't want to scare you/talk badly about their children.

This book was great because it gave me the feeling that even if things don't go the way I had envisioned that doesn't make me a failure or a bad mom. Sometimes we react to this huge life-change in ways we never expected. I like that this book presents you with all sorts of possibilities--good and bad--and assures you that we all just do the best we can.

I would not make this the ONLY book a new mother reads, but definitely put it on your MUST list. It will make the road a little easier to waddle :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2009
I cannot emphasize enough what a fantastic book this is. I am pregnant with my first child and this book is very thorough but still manages to be entertaining. It is much more substantial than I might have guessed-- it is a true reference book despite the lighthearted title and cover imagery. Not patronizing, but doesn't assume you come into pregnancy knowing the difference between a midwife and a doula! :-) By far the best book I've read in terms of covering A LOT of material in a unique and interesting way. Has an amazing way of anticipating what the reader might want to know about a subject and giving MANY perspectives and opinions. Don't hesitate to get this! If you're thinking about it, get it! I'm so glad I did! Would also make a great shower gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Chavez on January 10, 2010
My doula recommended this book and I loved it! Reading the introduction made me know right away that this book was meant for me. It was honest, straight-forward and included answers to all the questions the rest of my baby books left behind. I also liked that they had quotes from other mom's who shared their experiences about everything from how they felt about writing a birth plan to what their experience was like when they arrived at the hospital. I would recommend this book to anyone expecting a baby!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Richelle on April 1, 2010
Part of me found this book refreshing and funny, and I really enjoyed it. The other part of me was staring in disbelief at a couple of the things published. For example, "I was walking down the street with my baby in a front carrier thing the other day, he fell asleep and his head was lolling all over the place but I was like 'F**k it, we're almost home, I can't worry about this lolling' and at that exact moment a middle aged MAN walked past me and as he did he shouted 'You better do something about that baby's neck!' - Of course I felt publicly shamed, everyone heard this comment - and branded Bad Mother. Practically in tears, I turned up a sidestreet holding his head in my mittened hands." - Um, are we supposed to feel sorry for this lady? Identify with her? And why was the word "man" emphasized, like, how dare some MAN be concerned about a child?

It really seemed like half the book was great, and the other half of the book was very negative. I understand that part of the point of the book was to not gloss over things, and to show you that you're not alone in feeling scared and unsure about motherhood, and reveal that everyone has these thoughts once in a while. But so much of it was just... so negative and mean spirited. A few of the anecdotes in there are truly terrible and I wonder if it really is this common and normal for women to be so detached and resentful of their pregnancies and babies. The good parts do balance it out though, and the book is very informative and in some parts funny. There are just as many, if not more, positive anecdotes as there are negative ones.

My major beef was that yet again, it's another book providing women with information on how to deal with your poor, sex-starved partner while you're just not in the mood. Rarely do books or any resources help women feel better when it's the other way around and your partner is the one who's not interested in pregnant sex.
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