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  • Perfect Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Evolve Publishing; 1st edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983264740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983264743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a nurse-midwife working with women experiencing medically complicated pregnancies, I try to educate women and their families, empower them, grasp onto whatever hope we can find, and navigate the complex medical world into which they have been thrust. Kelly understands, and gives women this support in the form of a comprehensive, practical, honest tome. She's got a great style. This is your sister talking to you. She doesn't mince words. She aims to help the women who have suffered through pregnancy loss and trauma and she succeeds brilliantly! --Carol Sudtelgte, M.S., C.N.M., Thomas Jefferson University Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

I LOVE this book and Kelly's no-nonsense approach to dealing with a high-risk pregnancy. Why Me? echoes Sidelines' straightforward method of educating and empowering a woman with pregnancy complications to become the most important member of her medical team. A must read, physicians and midwives should be handing it out along with prenatal vitamins to women at risk! --Candace Hurley, Founder/Executive Director, Sidelines National Support Network

High-Risk Pregnancy-Why Me? is a book that every woman who is facing this difficult life scenario should have near them at all times. Kelly not only gives accurate and extremely useful information about every aspect of early labor and its complicated medical maze, but she also gives the reader emotional support. Her voice is comforting, reassuring, and even funny at times. I highly recommend this book to all women faced with early labor and the possibility of a preterm birth. --Dianne I. Maroney, RN, MS, CS, Co-author of Your Premature Baby and Child

Microbiologist and doula Whitehead lost a son 22 weeks into her pregnancy and afterward experienced two high-risk pregnancies that ended with the birth of her son and daughter. Here she teams with Berghella (obstetrics & gynecology, Jefferson Medical Coll.) to pen one of the best high-risk pregnancy books available today. Addressing the usual topics (e.g., preeclampsia, cerclages, and twin-to-twin transfusion), she also covers more detailed information, including general classes of drugs and their uses (e.g., oxytocin-receptor antagonists, prostaglandin inhibitors, etc.). Footnotes are included throughout and each chapter ends with a full bibliography. Of note is her inclusion of Cochrane Reviews, which are systematic reviews of primary research in health care and health policy. Of particular note is Whiteheads relaxed yet reassuring style: she is never alarmist, pedantic, or overly optimistic. VERDICT This book does a fantastic job of explaining complex medical scenarios and strikes a near-faultless tone of reassuring clearheadedness. An outstanding contribution to the literature of pregnancy that is ultimately hopeful, despite the heartbreak of the subject. --Library Journal

High-Risk Pregnancy-Why Me? is a book that every woman who is facing this difficult life scenario should have near them at all times. Kelly not only gives accurate and extremely useful information about every aspect of early labor and its complicated medical maze, but she also gives the reader emotional support. Her voice is comforting, reassuring, and even funny at times. I highly recommend this book to all women faced with early labor and the possibility of a preterm birth. --Dianne I. Maroney, RN, MS, CS, Co-author of Your Premature Baby and Child

Here she teams with Berghella to pen one of the best high-risk pregnancy books available today. Of particular note is Whitehead s relaxed yet reassuring style: she is never alarmist, pedantic, or overly optimistic. VERDICT This book does a fantastic job of explaining complex medical scenarios and strikes a near-faultless tone of reassuring clearheadedness. An outstanding contribution to the literature of pregnancy that is ultimately hopeful, despite the heartbreak of the subject. --Library Journal

High-Risk Pregnancy-Why Me? is a book that every woman who is facing this difficult life scenario should have near them at all times. Kelly not only gives accurate and extremely useful information about every aspect of early labor and its complicated medical maze, but she also gives the reader emotional support. Her voice is comforting, reassuring, and even funny at times. I highly recommend this book to all women faced with early labor and the possibility of a preterm birth. --Dianne I. Maroney, RN, MS, CS, Co-author of Your Premature Baby and Child

About the Author

Kelly Whitehead, a self-described dorky scientist, is a research microbiologist and a Mom who lost a son at nearly 23 weeks. Two high-risk pregnancies followed, one traumatic, one smooth, both resulting in wonderful, healthy babies. Troubled by the lack of detailed medical and emotional resources available, she set out to write the definitive reference on the subject geared toward women, their families and their doctors.

Dr. Vincenzo Berghella has dedicated his life to helping women have healthier babies. A world-renowned maternal-fetal medicine specialist (perinatologist), he is a widely published researcher on preterm birth, a professor, a scientific reviewer and editor.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I'm a full-time mummy on February 16, 2012
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Although I have never experienced any high-risk pregnancies with my two children, I do want to know more about the subject as I have friends who have suffered through miscarriages and also the passing of their babies. The goal of Kelly Whitehead's "High-Risk Pregnancy: Why Me? Understanding and Managing a Potential Preterm Pregnancy - A Medical and Emotional Guide" book is to educate and give you a better understanding and to let you know there is hope and nothing is impossible!

I like the chapter on Preeclampsia (page 47 to 56) which is very detailed and good as I now understand the reasons for the routine check-ups on blood pressure, weight, and urine tests being carried out during the pre-natal visits.

I also agree with the points on choosing the right doctor (chapter 15) as I have personally experienced myself the effects of a not so committed doctor who rushes through our appointments (We always get the "So anymore questions? Ok?" within the first 10 minutes into my check-up) and we decided to change to another gynae after I was prescribed a hormone pill (to make the foetus grow faster) and was advice to take it orally (I experienced side effects from that!)

We also found out from our 2nd gynae that it is not advisable to continue with my current over-the-counter multivitamins as the amount of some vitamins are too high for pregnant mums to consume (which also may harm the baby)

Furthermore, I find the "Dos and Don'ts of the NICU" (page 324 to 328) very useful as it gives helpful tips on how to deal with the newborn and the parents as well.

"High-Risk Pregnancy" is inspiring, too, in its inclusion of some real-life stories, encouraging pregnant women with cases of other women experiencing the same (or even worse situations).
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Our first baby was born premature in week 31 and we lost a baby in our second pregnancy in wee 24. That is when a friend recommended this book to us. We wish we had read this book before. It has really helped us understand our situation. It has been extremely useful to get informed of the different circumstances, possibilities and best practices that involve our situation. All this, with a human touch that sometimes doctors lack and from a person that went through the same.

The amount of research and explanations is extremely thorough. The suggestions and advice are very well documented and presented in a way in which patients can understand.

After reading this book, we feel much more prepared for our next pregnancy.
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Even before I found out that the prestigious Library Journal called High-Risk Pregnancy-Why Me? "one of the best high-risk pregnancy books available today," I was saying the same thing after I read the book.

Reading Kelly Whitehead's book is like talking to a girlfriend who gives you the "low down" or a better understanding of what to expect, how to deal, and deciphers medical information about everything from the latest medical research to treatments to sharing stories of women who have experienced premature births.

Like the girlfriend who doesn't mind using a few colorful words or two to make her point, Kelly gives an honest account of her personal experience as she examines risk factors to coping with months of bed rest to sexual abstinence. She has several tips that any expectant or future mom can use such as finding the best doctor.

There were times when I laughed then cried while reading High-Risk Pregnancy-Why Me? This is when I understood the reason Kelly called her book a "Medical and Emotional Guide."
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