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Brazelton has held a lot of babies in his ­lifetime. In this affable memoir, the celebrated pediatrician reviews a lifetime of service to children and their parents. Growing up in Texas, Brazelton was placed in charge of his nine young cousins at all family gatherings beginning when he was only 10 years old. During adolescence, he figured out that the way animals behaved was their form of communication. To help pay for medical school, Brazelton sold his blood and waited on tables. He served in the navy in WWII. Combining an interest in pediatrics and child psychiatry, he became an expert in child development and early parent-infant relationships. His curiosity, research, and advocacy for newborn children have taken him around the world. He’s written many popular books, including his Touchpoint series, and columns for Redbook and Family Circle, and he had his own cable TV show, What Every Baby Knows. It takes a special person to be a pediatrician, and Dr. Brazelton’s remarkable life stamps him as a truly exceptional one. --Tony Miksanek

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Kirkus Reviews, 4/1

“The most fascinating parts of the memoir are most likely to be [Brazelton’s] accounts of his experiences studying newborns in other cultures: Mayans in southern Mexico, Guatemalans, Kenyans, urban and rural Japanese, Chinese, Navajos in Arizona and Greeks on the island of Thera…Readers familiar with Brazelton’s books and articles on babies and children may relish this close-up look at the man who guided them through the vicissitudes of parenthood.”




Booklist, 5/1/13

“[An] affable memoir…It takes a special person to be a pediatrician, and Dr. Brazelton’s remarkable life stamps him as a truly exceptional one.”




Boston Globe, 4/26/13

“Colorful stories.”



InfoDad.com, 4/25/13

“Very well written in a very New York if not quite New Yorker style, elevated and erudite and seeming to stand back from and examine experience even while experiencing it…[Gross] is certainly well-traveled and has met and written about some very interesting people.”




Publishers Weekly, 5/6/13

“[An] engaging memoir…Although many may know Brazelton from his books and TV show (What Every Baby Knows), here, he also chronicles his years of researching infants and families in such places as Kenya, Greece, Mexico, Guatemala, and Japan, with characteristic warmth and humor.”



New York Journal of Books, 4/30/13

“[A] sensitive memoir [that] fills a gap as to the theoretical and practical roots of contemporary child raising practice. Learning to Listen is a timely reminder (on Brazelton’s 95th birthday) of his huge contribution to child rearing…A compassionate glimpse at the young boy and man who became such an internationally trusted pediatrician…Learning to Listen is a must-read for professionals and lay people alike—anyone interested in babies and in parenting.”




Wall Street Journal, 5/15/13

“At 95, pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton ranks as the éminence grise of infant and child development…a celebrity long before Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil…Many of his ideas about caring for sick children—such as letting parents be at the hospital 24/7—are now standards of care…The general tone of Learning to Listen is one of gratitude and joy at being able to help facilitate the parent-child relationship.”



Boston Globe, 5/12/13

“Having tended to the needs of countless families for a half-century, the Cambridge resident and Harvard Medical School professor emeritus has turned his attention to his own upbringing.”



InfoDad.com, 5/16/13
“An autobiography, and a suitably modest and outwardly focused one, at that. Brazelton’s plainspoken style is as much a part of this book as it is of all his others…By the end of Learning to Listen, readers will realize that there are two equally valid ways to read the book’s subtitle: A Life Caring for Children as in ‘a life taking care of children’ and, equally correctly, as in ‘a life caring about children.’ The two ways together sum up a great deal of what is special about T. Berry Brazelton.”



Library Journal, 6/01/13

“A fascinating account of a long and distinguished career in medicine and an education in child-care techniques.”




Boston Parents Paper, June 2013

“Memoir readers will be surprised by what they learn about America’s beloved doctor, who’s done much to improve how we perceive and treat children.”



Bookviews, June 2013
“This is a most interesting memoir to read.”





Spirituality & Practice, 7/10/13

“[An] accessible and sprightly memoir.”



San Francisco Book Review, 8/14/2013

“Dr. Brazelton is the pediatrician that every parent would like to have for their child. He is compassionate, empathetic, and informed.”



Myrtle Beach Sun News, 11/3/13

“This is the story of Brazelton’s life, his findings, his work and his outlook on today’s families.”



Barnstable Patriot, 11/22/13

“Pick up A Life Caring for Children the way Brazelton picks up baby after baby in this book. You’ll be rewarded immediately with a smile (yours).”

Acadiana LifeStyle, February 2014
“While nobody knows just how many babies will be born in this New Year, it’s a sure bet many new mothers will be reading Dr. Brazelton, who’s spent his life caring for children…Excellent.”
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Product Details

  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CargileD on July 26, 2013
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I have been a follower of Dr. Brazelton for many years. I tried to parent with his guidance with great success. This book was wonderful, what a great human being!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Budster on March 12, 2014
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This is one of the most thorough explorations of one of the most powerful tools for improving and maintaining your health that you do about 25,000 times a day without thinking. Details about the research, the how and why a specific form and amount of breathing can heal or debilitate. Making it so easily accessible to all in the kindle format is a tremendous boon. Literally, you may save your life or that of a dear one by giving them the knowledge and specifics of how to be breathing properly with this book.
Every home and medical office should have a copy as well. Your brain uses 60% of available oxygen and learning to breathe properly at rest or in activities means your brain will get what it needs to function fully. I can't recommend it any stronger .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MJS on August 13, 2013
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I bought this book after hearing Dr. Brazelton in a radio interview. He writes about his childhood in Texas and how he came to love children so much. He takes us through his prep school, college, and medical school days and then begins his practice as a pediatrician and his observations about newborns and the importance of their interactions with their parents. This was to become his life's work, driven by his parents' chillyness towards him. He established important measures of a baby's responsiveness that continue to be used today. I didn't give it 5 stars because it gets a little text-like in the middle with detailed descriptions of his measurement scales and then a bit obsequious over this and that celebrity he got to spend time with because of his fame. But I recommend it for his caring, sincerity, and accomplishments. I had a chilly mother myself and wish she'd had just a fraction of his understanding of the importance of infant bonding. There was none in my case, which no doubt attracted me to the subject. He travels to other countries to study childbirth and early childcare among indigenous peoples (among others) and those chapters alone are wonderful. He practiced at Boston Children's Hospital and was instrumental in making it possible for parents to remain with their sick children (before that, they were restricted to visiting hours from 2 to 4, causing a great deal of anguish for both parents and children). He married as a young doctor and had two daughters. In Mexico, his 14 year old daughter was instrumental in getting him access to women giving birth and their newborns because she was a woman and dressed as they did and spoke Spanish. I plan to give my book to a young woman who teaches parenting classes. Perfect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By virginia lowe on January 14, 2014
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not much more to say about that. as an early childhood instructor, I embrace and share everything T. Berry Brazelton writes, videos and shares. Bravo!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Bernaz on January 13, 2014
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Excellent review of his research in a very readable format. Should be required reading for parents and anyone caring for children.
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This book is interesting, heartwarming, and thought-provoking. It seems a shame to give a five star book a four star rating, but the inferior editing did remind me of the importance of careful editing. That being said, I highly recommend this book to anyone who delights in children and learning.
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