While it's a safe bet that most readers know where babies come from, it's equally likely that they don't know the whole story. Reproductive biologist David Bainbridge fills them in with Making Babies
, a witty and intriguing look at an experience so essential that we all go through it at least once. It would be all too easy for the author to get caught up in the intricacies of hormones and anatomy that have evolved from our egg-laying ancestors, but he softens the details with insights and examples from throughout the animal kingdom. Expectant parents might not like being compared to red deer at first, but most will warm to their shared experience. Examining big questions like "Why have sex?" and "How does the fetus change the mother?" is daunting, but Bainbridge guides the reader through the issues with confidence and humility. It's no substitute for a birds-and-bees chat, but Making Babies
is perfect for those who want to deepen their understanding of what happens next. --Rob Lightner
From Library Journal
We often speak of the miracle of birth, but Bainbridge's book proves that the clich has substance. A reproductive biologist and veterinarian who teaches at the Royal Veterinary College in London, Bainbridge has written a fascinating account of pregnancy and birth for lay readers. He shows how pregnancy is an intimate relationship between mother and child involving cell differentiation, the immune system, and hormones. The book raises several interesting questions: how does the developing fetus take over its mother's body? Why does she not reject it as foreign tissue? Will it ever be possible to produce children without pregnancy? Bainbridge explains complex physiological processes with wit and clarity. Unlike traditional pregnancy books like What To Expect When You're Expecting, this study remains at the molecular level, concentrating on the intricate developmental process that includes pregnancy, birth, and lactation. Highly recommended for all collections. Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA
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