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Having Faith Paperback – May 6, 2003
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The science, especially the toxicology, is perhaps a little detailed for the expectant mother to assimilate in one reading, but one can always go back and take up one topic at a time, as Steingraber does in the course of the monthly chronology she follows. The early passages on the formation of the fetus are wonderful. The story of which cells start where and the landmarks of their migrations reads like a travel narrative. But then abruptly, S leaves behind the high art of embryology and her pregnancy "becomes empirical." Her toothbrush feels too big for her mouth, she is cranky, the bread of her sandwich is the wrong kind, and it's cut wrong. After some personal perspective on morning sickness, she once again adopts her scientist's perspective to investigate the causes of this nearly universal experience and why there is so little expert knowledge about it. We have soon learned more than we have ever heard about it before. In similar manner, alternately technical and lyrical, she covers both the science and personal experience of amniocentesis, congenital defects, fetal growth, prenatal education, birthing, and nursing-through to weaning.Read more ›
This may be one of the most important books you will ever read. Like Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", it should wake us up to the damage we are doing to our environment and to ourselves.
The book is fascinating...and very, very scary. Every American, AND EVERY LEGISLATOR, should read it.
Steingraber chronicles the pregnancy and birth of her daughter Faith, and throughout the memoir provokes the reader to always remember the direct and immediate connection between humans and their environments by descriptions of the very fragility of her own developing baby. The very name of her child connotes, too, the faith that Steingraber, and truly all expectant mothers, have to possess within themselves amidst a modern world of both spectacular technology, but also chaos and disorder.
Infusing the reader with both a deep hope for change, and a new awareness of the changes that we need to begin making now, Steingraber's memoir is essential for not only women to read, but any citizen with any environmental and ecological conscience or concern, to read as well.
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If you have ever read any of her other books, articles, or seen her video, "Living Downstream," you understand what a passionate and clear-headed thinker Dr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dale Fitzgibbons
a really easy read. not boring at all. I am not a big book person, but I read it from first page to last page, without skipping a page. recommend it.Published 14 months ago by jh
Of all the pregnancy books that my partner and I read, as the expecting dad, I found Having Faith to be the most insightful and enjoyable (in a scary kind of way) book of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Monsees
I think this is a must read for women who are pregnant or soon will be pregnant. It tells a wonderful story while being very fact-full and informative. Read morePublished 16 months ago by bethellenwatermellon
This was one of my favorite books on environmental toxins. I love how Sandra Steingraber weaves real-life experiences with science and data. Read morePublished 16 months ago by rob edwards
The truth about pregnancy and the environment we've created around us told through the eyes and heart of a poet.Published on January 28, 2014 by midwifecarol
Personal story about being pregnant and giving birth; lots of good and detailed info about issues women are faced with while in the hospital, during pregnancy or breastfeeding;... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Patrycja