From Publishers Weekly
Expectant parents, who have likely read all about pregnancy by the end of the first trimester, can start reading about life after birth. Bing, whose Six Practical Lessons for an Easier Childbirth popularized the Lamaze method in the U.S., and Colman have collaborated on three earlier books about pregnancy, including Having a Baby After Thirty. Here, they offer detailed information on progressive stages of new motherhood: the hours after birth; the first five days; lying-in to six weeks; six weeks to six months; and six months to one year. They look at many facets of new parenthood, including the impact a baby has on his parents' relationship (couples get hung up on the "Big Five," the authors say: money, division of labor, work, social life and their relationship). A particularly helpful chapter helps mothers distinguish between baby blues and full-blown postpartum depression. Also encouraging are quotes from the new moms interviewed for the book ("I really had no idea what to do with this tiny person"). The book's academic tone may put off some readers, but the content is sound and offers as much to obstetricians and pediatricians as to parents. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Bing, who is credited with introducing natural childbirth to America, and clinical psychologist Colman here aim to examine the range of emotions accompanying childbirth?not just the fears and frustrations but the joys that are so often overlooked in standard guidebooks intent on addressing all the problems that could arise. They draw on accounts provided via questionnaire by new mothers to create a lively, intimate portrait of the birth and postpartum experience. While the authors forthrightly address anger, fear, and ambivalence, countering them with exercises and calm reasoning about the pluses of having a baby, the book's greatest strength is letting new mothers speak for themselves. As a result, the expectant mother won't feel talked down to by some great authority and will in fact benefit from the range of experiences revealed. Perhaps a few more of the joys could have been discussed, but this remains a solid candidate for all childbirth collections.?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
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