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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738214604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BookPage, May 2011
“Full of…useful tidbits…With common-sense information and advice on everything from breastfeeding to baby blues, these are the doctors every new mommy wants at her side. The comparisons to the seminal What to Expect When You’re Expecting are inevitable, but the Mommy Docs write in a more conversational, matter-of-fact tone…A thorough and useful guide from conception to pregnancy and delivery.”

Kiwi (website), 5/1/11
“This definitive guide on pregnancy and birth was written by a team of doctors who happen to be moms, too. So, you have all of the accuracy and dependability of consulting a board-certified OB-GYN, but a touch of friendly advice you’d get from a girlfriend, too. The combination works.”

Deseret
News, 5/1/11
“A comprehensive guide to pretty much everything that happens from preparing for pregnancy through the ‘fourth trimester’ after birth.”
 
Tucson Citizen, 5/12/11
“What could be better than a guide to pregnancy and birth written by doctors who are also moms?...[A] comprehensive new book…Written in a clear and friendly style. Packed with real-life stories from new moms and tested practical tips, this extraordinary guide is a reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.”
 
Library Journal, 6/1/11
“Throughout, the authors deliver practical tips and emotional support for coping with both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies as well as the things that can go wrong, such as miscarriages or infertility. Individual stories add a personal dimension to the medical information conveyed…A great resource for anyone seeking information on pregnancy, childbirth, and the first weeks after birth.”
 
Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/11
“Comprehensive and engaging.”
Bookviews, June 2011
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking. From preparing your body for pregnancy to birth, this is an impressive piece of work.”
 
WomanAroundTown.com, 5/27/11
“If you or a friend are expecting, pick [it] up immediately…As the title suggests, it’s written by women who are both moms and doctors, and they totally get it…They deal with frequently asked questions, and refute some pretty interesting myths.”
 
InfoDad.com, 6/9/11
“So filled with medically sound advice, intelligently presented case histories, extensive debunking of myths, and all-around sensible writing, that the book itself becomes a thing you might not expect while expecting: a super-clear, super-helpful, easy-to-read and easy-to-use guide that beautifully balances the medical with the personal.”
 
Deseret News, 6/12/11
“An entertaining, easy-to-read guide for new mothers and mothers-to-be…The anecdotal excerpts are a great plus for this book…A very informative resource for expectant mothers.”

Georgia Family, July 2011
“[A] reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.”

ForeWord, July/August 2011
“It’s the Mommy Docs’ comforting tone that makes this guide both invaluable and appealing. Recognizing that pregnancy is as much about emotional changes as it is about physical changes, they set their guide apart from others by providing heartfelt personal experiences and those of many of their patients. Whether it’s a reader’s first, second, or even third child, there’s good advice for every kind of pregnant mother.”

Colorado Parent, 9/4/11
“I’m impressed by how much information this book gives moms-to-be! I especially like that the book doesn’t end with delivery but continues on with a section called ‘The Fourth Trimester.’…I’d recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant.”
 
Portland Book Review, September-November 2011
“Written in an easy to understand way…Every woman who is pregnant or wishing to get pregnant will find this book a great resource.”

 

Tulsa Book Review, November 2011
“What makes this book stand out from the dozens of books available on the subject of pregnancy is the book’s light, conversational style.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Parent (WV), January 2012
“This book’s tone has a ‘been there’ approach that readers will relate to, like talking to a sister or friend.”

 

About the Author

Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are board certified ob/gyn's, who have been in private practice in Los Angeles for more than a decade. They are all also moms.

Melissa Jo Peltier is a New York Times-bestselling author and Emmy-winning writer and producer living in Nyack, New York.


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Great book, very informative.
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As a nervous first time mom, it definitiely helps ease my anxiety when I am unsure about something!
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I got a copy of this book and loved it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kristen on April 27, 2011
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I was given an advanced copy of this book to read because I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and I LOVE IT! It is super easy to read and you truly feel like you are having a conversation with 3 of your girlfriends. I especially like how they are touching on the fact that medical technology & pregnancy information has changed and we don't have to stress and worry about every, single little thing. I cannot tell you how much calmer some of this new info has made me. I highly recommended this book to any woman experiencing pregnancy for the first time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erica Gerard on October 10, 2011
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I like the stories where mothers are comforted -- "Your child needs you" is one to hold close to our hearts. Having a baby is "delivering a miracle". Some women may want a lot of clinical info, and this is book is for them. It's current -- note: "pregnancy after bypass surgery". Thoughts for the "Fourth Trimester" include pictures of breastfeeding holds -- helpful for a scared new mommy who has no clue of what to do. Bottom line: Very helpful, lots of good info, aimed at mothers who have the intellect to educate themselves and look at highly-charged material without getting scared.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Chen on November 2, 2011
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As a practicing Ob/Gyn I am always asked which pregnancy book I recommend. I have never found a book that I felt happy about recommending until I read this one. I picked it up because I did residency with the authors, and I hoped that I would agree with what they say in the book. I found the book to be full of accurate, commonsense information written in a warm and friendly way. As I read the book, I found myself saying "That's what I tell my patients!" to myself over and over again. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about pregnancy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Pruitt - Natural Family Today on July 4, 2011
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You kind of expect a book that is written by a group of OBGYNs to downplay midwifery as an option or even to discourage it. However, the doctors and moms behind this book explain how they were trained by midwives while attending their very first births. They go into detail about their respect for midwives and agree that midwifery care at home, in a birth center, or in the hospital can be a great choice for low-risk moms.

The trio behind this book - referred to as "The Mommy Docs" - consists of obstetricians Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park, who are also the stars of the hit television show Deliver Me.

Even though they recognize alternate childbirth settings and choices, it's clear that this book is written primarily for women who plan to give birth in a hospital with an OBGYN. It's full of information about common hospital procedures and practices.

A good portion of this book is dedicated to pregnancy complications and high risk pregnancy information, as well as what to expect in the weeks and months after you give birth, e.g. caring for your postpartum body, postpartum depression and emotions, and caring for your baby.

Though it remains a very mainstream pregnancy book, topics in this book are approached in a more personal manner than most, with all of the perspectives in the book stemming from a woman's point of view. They include lots of real life examples and scenarios to give you an idea of the many ways in which women may experience pregnancy and birth.

The Mommy Docs attempt to bust some common myths about pregnancy and birth, such as what you should or should not eat and a few other old wives tales that may be floating around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Italia on January 19, 2012
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Skip the cute and silly books offering advice for pregnancy and childbirth, and head straight to this one. By writing in plain-spoken and practical terms, the "Mommy Docs" take much of the fear and mystery out of the 9 months of pregnancy, and describe what's normal, what's cause for concern, etc. I used this as a reference any time I had a question during my pregnancy. I only wish there had been more about the post-partum period and the first few weeks at home with baby, but I guess that's for another book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Hanson on December 27, 2011
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I bought this book for my daughter right after it was published, and they interviewed the authors on the morning news show. My daughter found it helpful for her pregnancy and birth, but now that my grandson is 5 months old, she is pretty much done with it. I think it would be helpful to have them extend a bit further into the early infancy stage. That's when I felt she needed help and I was 1500 miles away. These great ladies need to publish something similar to "Mother's Almanac" but current. Still, a great source of information!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D on November 7, 2011
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Great book, very informative. I searched all over for a book that would really help me out. I'm a second time mom and the difference between these two pregnancies is 10 years. So, I really needed help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Dacey on October 9, 2011
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I'm only part way into this book but have found it's very straight forward which is very much appreciated. I'm feeling inspired to find a new doctor simply from reading this - - these doctors genuinely care about their patients, and the team approach seems like a great idea. It's the only book I've read since finding out I was pregnant, and I'd recommend it to a new mom-to-be.
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