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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071438777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071438773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Finally, a book to help ease expecting parents’ minds about the legal and monetary details" -- Misty Bott, managing editor, ePregnancy Magazine

From the Back Cover

"This essential reference should have a prominent place on your bookshelf while you're pregnant--and way beyond." --Nancy W. Hall, author, Balancing Pregnancy and Work: How to Make the Most of the Next 9 Months on the Job

In Your Practical Pregnancy Planner, family law attorney and ePregnancy contributor Brette McWhorter Sember provides essential information to help you understand your rights and responsibilities, guides you through the decisions that need to be made, and helps you protect yourself and your new family. Your Practical Pregnancy Planner also:

  • Explains everything from maternity/paternity leave to estate planning, pregnancy discrimination, cord blood banking, birth plans, breastfeeding rights, and more
  • Helps you budget for expenses, learn about tax breaks for new parents, and plan for child care emergencies
  • Offers information about health insurance, choosing the right pediatrician, and background checks on nannies and day care providers
  • Explains flextime, job sharing, elective C-sections, and home safety

"Wondering when--and how--to announce your pregnancy at work? Eager to get the lowdown on medical consent forms, guardianships, wills, and other important legal issues related to pregnancy and parenthood? Sember has written a no-nonsense, plain-English guide to all the financial and legal issues you need to think about now that your baby's on the way." --Ann Douglas, author, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books

"Sember offers savvy advice that covers a host of topics that parents-to-be might not even think of. Packed with resources where readers can go to find more information on a wide range of important subjects, it is a valuable guide." - Sally Wendkos Olds, author, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding

Customer Reviews

Pretty useless, big waste of money.
Abby
This book is a must have for any soon to be or current parent.
L. Barthle
This book has provided a wealth of information.
K. Jackson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Belle Wong on September 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Your Practical Pregnancy Planner is a must-have book if you're expecting a baby, or planning to get pregnant. It's filled with down-to-earth practical advice on your legal rights, your finances and your lifestyle, set out in a handy month-by-month structure that will help you take care of the important things that need to be done during this exciting period in your life.

Each month covers the legal issues, financial issues and lifestyle issues which are best tackled in that particular month, and ends with a convenient checklist of things that need to be done. The book also includes chapters on labor, delivery, and postpartum care, and parenthood.

Going through this book, there were definitely things that I had waited to do until after each of my babies were born which would have been much easier (and far less stressful) to do if I had tackled them in the timeframe suggested by Sember. There were also things that I hadn't even thought about during my pregnancies which, naturally, surfaced and demanded time and attention later, when I really didn't have any time or attention left for anything but taking care of my new little arrival.

From legal issues like preparation of a birth plan and evaluating your pregnancy leave options, to financial matters such as taking care of life insurance and creating a financial cushion, to lifestyle concerns including buying maternity clothes, organizing the nursery and buying a breast pump, Sember covers the many details that can seem overwhelming if left to the last minute or until after your baby is born. First time parents, especially, are usually very surprised by the total lack of time (and sleep) they experience once they're holding their beautiful babies in their arms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Jackson on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has provided a wealth of information. It's not a "what to expect" type book about your body and the developing baby, but rather a planner for finances, insurance coverage, disability leave, wills, your rights and much more. It's basically the stuff you know you should be thinking about, but are too excited about the baby and what's going on with your body to stop and plan for the practical stuff. This book breaks down the information into manageable monthly checklists. If you follow her month to month guidance, you will have less to worry about when the baby arrives knowing you have all your ducks in a row.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Eldred on October 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sember's easy-to-read book is the perfect choice for a worried first-time mom: You can relax and forget researching every detail of your pregnancy on the internet by instead following Sember's month-by-month guides. She's got everything covered: Want to know whether to pack your contacts in your hospital bag? Check out pg. 33. Flying during the third trimester? She's got tips for that, too.

Best of all, Sember is a retired family law attorney; that, plus her no-nonsense writing style, make me very comfortable recommending this book for first-time moms.
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By L. Barthle on December 14, 2007
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This book is a must have for any soon to be or current parent. While it makes you think about things you may not want to (i.e. wills, life insurance), these are things all parents need to plan for.
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This is a very nice addition to anyone's library who's trying to get/is pregnant. Information you won't find anywhere else. Awesome. I only made it 4 stars because I'm a super tough critic.
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By D. R. on November 5, 2013
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This book might have been helpful 10 years ago, before internet research was so commonplace; now it's just another dated publication.
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More About the Author

Brette Sember is a former attorney and author of more than 40 books about topics such as food (The Parchment Paper Cookbook, The Organized Kitchen, and The Muffin Tin Cookbook), parenting (How to Parent with Your Ex, Unmarried with Children), travel (The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel), business (the Essential Supervisor's Handbook, Bad Apples: How to Manage Difficult Employees), credit (The Complete Credit Repair Kit), health (Plus-Size Pregnancy, The Practical Pregnancy Planner), seniors' right (The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care, Seniors' Rights) and divorce (The Complete Divorce Guide, The No-Fight Divorce Book, The Divorce Organizer & Planner). She is also co-author of several textbooks.

Sember is also a ghostwriter, book doctor, social media manager, editor, and content provider.

Her web site is www.BretteSember.com. She blogs at http://PuttingItAllontheTable.com.

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