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Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth Paperback – November 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760741328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760741320
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A consumer-friendly book filled with great women’s quotes, helpful information and tips for pregnant women and new families. -- Maureen Corry, Executive Director, Maternity Center Association

Emotions, physical changes, lifestyle changes, baby development, it’s all there. Get ready: It will get dog-eared from all your reading. -- Peg Moline, Editor-in-Chief, Fit Pregnancy

Fun, readable and full of good information. Helps to make the normal discomforts of pregnancy worth the bother! -- Sharon Schindler Rising, MSN, CNM, FACNM, Founder and Executive Director, The Centering Pregnancy & Parenting Association

Should be on everyone's recommended reading list! If you read only one book during your pregnancy, this MUST be it. -- Connie Livingston BS, RN, FACCE, CD(DONA), CCCE, CLD, Birthsource.com

The style of writing is clear, warm and very supportive. The breadth is terrific. A great reference for any question. -- Ann Stadtler, MSN, CPNP, Director of the Brazelton Touchpoint Center at The Children’s Hospital, Boston

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Highly praised by childbirth educators, GREAT EXPECTATIONS: YOUR ALL-IN-ONE RESOURCE FOR PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH has been expressly created for the intelligent, inquisitive woman who is seeking sound, research-based guidance, and practical advice about childbearing. It's designed to help readers keep on top of the complexities of medical, physical, emotional, and psychological experiences of this important life transition. The book allows them to rapidly navigate thousands of topics using its 150 "quick-reference" tables, bulleted sections, page-by-page headers, and detailed index. It collects all of the most critical new findings from hundreds recent obstetrical studies into one easy-to-read volume, presenting them as "flash facts" to help readers make informed choices using lists of proven benefits and risks for common tests and procedures. This notable, woman-centered volume also offers detailed information on genetic and glucose tolerance tests, labor augmentation and induction, elective cesarean sections, epidurals and other common tests and procedures. The book's low, affordable price makes it an excellent resource in the pregnancy field for parents-to-be, libraries, and for nursing students, childbirth educators, and organizations concerned with improving family life.

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I bought this book when I found out I was pregnant with my second child.
K. Hatcher
Great Book, full of lots of very useful information, I liked it a lot better than the other pregnancy books I have read.
ffaro
I especially liked its week by week progress of your pregnancy with what to expect and the development of the baby.
K. Beecroft

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By An avid reader on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the most informative, positive, and non-scary pregnancy book I've read. Every other pregnancy book I've read (including What to Expect When You're Expecting) made me cry after every paragraph as it detailed all the horrible things that a woman can do to permanently damage her baby, all the awful ways a woman's body will be disfigured by pregnancy and childbirth, and how a woman's life will be completely changed, not for the better, once the child is born. This book, on the other hand, presents information about pregnancy and childbirth in a wholly positive manner, even when detailing the potential pitfalls of pregnancy and childbirth. The information in this book is current and up-to-date, and the book is very well-written. I would recommend the book just for the positive and reassuring tone alone, and all the excellent information in the book is a bonus. Once you read this book, you won't need any other.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liz Chalmers on January 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a childbirth educator and mom of four kids. I was delighted to find this book to add to my lending library for childbirth class clients. It is so much more empowering than books like "What to Expect" or "Your Pregnancy Week-by-week". I like the way that procedures that tend to be standard (eg. external fetal monitoring in labor) are described, and the evidence against their routine use is also provided in a thoughtful but not damning way. It is refreshing to find a mainstream book that lists Certified Professional Midwives alonside CNMs and OBs as possible caregivers, and describes out-of-hospital birth as the safe and reasonable option it is, whilst not condemning hospital birth. I think this book would be a valuable resource for any parents-to-be who want to read about the full spectrum of options available at each step of their journey, without feeling judged for the choices they ultimately make.

My favorite section is "A Final Word" on p451, where the authors so accurately describe the challenging transition to parenting and emphasize that you will be the perfect parent for your baby. Definitely a book written by moms for moms!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teresa R. Simpson on November 13, 2005
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When I learned that I was pregnant, I ran out and bought quite a few pregnancy guides. Of them all, Great Expectations has been the best hands down. It gives you a WEEKLY run-down of how the baby is developing as well as what is going on in your own body. It covers pregnancy in far greater detail than any of the other books I purchased. I highly recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on July 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
After receiving several books at the beginning of my first pregnancy, I quickly let all others fall to the side and focused on this book. My husband and I loved reading the weekly segments together. There is even advice for dads including explanations on how the mother is feeling emotionally. I personally loved that there was so much post-delivery information on everything from choosing a walker to the age to start giving solid foods. I benefitted from the detailed section on breastfeeding. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who is expecting!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on March 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I can't believe one person called this hard to read. This is the easiest-to-read pregnancy books I've read. The major section covers each week from conception to labor, and there are many drawings of fetal growth as well as tons of practical information on what to expect and what to do each week. Everything is neatly organized and the font is pleasant on the eyes. I find the information complete and for the most part accurate. The only thing I dislike is the book is too thick, with the side effect that it makes pregnancy seem more scary and complicated than it really is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hmcdds on October 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is my bible. It is an excellent resource that is very well organized and PACKED with practical information.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Expectant on December 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I found out I was pregnant a few weeks ago I started reading EVERYTHING. So far, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, in tone, organization, and informativeness has it over all the other books. When I have a question about my body or my baby, I don't want jokes and cute puns, I don't need wisecracks, and I don't want to be talked down to. A new arrival on the scene, this book is the antidote for the reader who doesn't want a "Girlfriend" when she needs an expert.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on May 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have this book as well as "What to Expect When Expecting" and I find this book to be so much better as it gives a week to week breakdown of what is happening to both mom and baby. I pick up this book each week as my pregnancy progresses and even though not every issue listed in each week's summary necessarily happens to me, it's good to know what I "could" expect. I would highly recommend this book to any expecting mom!
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