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Pregnancy and Childbirth Paperback – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Rev Upd Su edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380780399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380780396
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,985,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally recognized authority on the subject of birth and maternity care, as well as a screenwriter and journalist. She is the author ofThe Pregnancy Diary, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Childbirth and Marriage, and a novel, Made in Heaven. She lives in East Hampton, New York.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
I read Tracy Hotchner's previous edition of "Pregnancy & Childbirth" and found that she covers every, and I mean every, topic that pertains to pregnancy, labor and delivery. For each and every topic presented, she first explains the topic and then presents its' pros and cons. Ms. Hotchner occasionally allows a little bit of a personal bias be evident in her presentation of a subject. I, however, always found that I appreciated her biases and tended to concur with her cautions, etc. I agree that "Pregnancy & Childbirth" is the "bible" of pregnancy books. It is so informative and I found tidbits of information in Ms. Hotchner's book that I have not found in many, many of the other popular and technical books I have read on the subject.
Stacy McCullough, RN, BSN, PHN, ACCE, FACCE (labor & delivery RN, and certified Lamaze educator)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CrochetingGardener on August 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Overall, I felt that this book was ok. I really liked the Homebirth and Choices in Childbirth sections. However, some of the book's information contradicts standard advice, such as what makes breasts sag, and how to prepare breasts for breastfeeding, and the author makes no effort to cite this advice. Also, if you have a low-carb lifestyle, or make any effort at all to watch your carb intake, you'll have to ignore all the advice on nutrition. Drinking regular soda, full of high fructose corn syrup, is actually advised as being rich in carbohydrates! I suppose it is, but not the kind that you want to be consuming.
Also, the advice on medication during pregnancy was not useful. I'm sure that every pregnant woman would prefer not to take any medications, but unfortunately, many otherwise healthy women do have issues that require treatment. For instance, I would be in very bad health without any allergy medicine, and although the book leads you to believe that all antihistimines are extremely dangerous, that is simply not true. My midwife approved a mild nose spray for my allergies that is condsidered safe.
I would use this book as a supplement to other information, but I think it is not accurate enough to be used as your ONLY book for pregnancy. And, please, check out any information that sounds strange.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
After having several miscarriages I am constantly looking up information. The reviews that were bad were most likely from people whose pregnancy had no problems. I work in one of the highest rated educational hospitals, and see the top High Risk OB/Gyn, any question I have I can find in this book.
My friends have all recommended the books that are popular, all of which I have - these are all for perfect pregnancy people whose questions consist of 'why am I having slight cramping'; and 'why do I have a blue line going from my belly button'. That can be answered from the more popular books - none of which have helped me like Pregnancy and Childbirth has helped.
The book Pregnancy & Childbirth is a factual book that explains what you are going through, how to ask the right questions and gets you a bit more informed so that if there is a problem you have the ability to understand why it is happening and what the doctor is telling you. Often most doctors speak in medical terms that need to be explained, this book helps.
I think that if you are an older mother and even if you aren't it covers, Rh Neg-blood type; Leukocyte transfusions; Antibodies in you blood that can kill your embryo/fetus and what can be done to change that in your system. It coveres a large number of vitamins and what the effect of taking it can be.
Pick up the book and flip through it, go in the index and come up with questions that you have - see if your questions can be answered just by doing that. Then you will know if this is the book for you.
But, this IS a good book - and a factual one, and one with more intellectual reading. Best of luck on your pregnancies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be incomplete, contridictory and very poorly written. The only slightly redeeming quality is the entire chapter on homebirth which covers a lot of precautionary information one might otherwise disregard. The sections on nutrition and choices in childbirth are poorly organized much like a high school essay. The rest of the book is also disorganized, it's difficult to find information, and the information that is there is scant. Don't even think of wasting time with the index, because important topics such as gestational diabetes and preterm labor (among many others) are just not there (although it may be touched on in the book). The amount of contridictory information is frightening, especially if this is the only book you read; for example, the author flatly states that if anyone tells you that any labor pain relief exists that doesn't effect your baby, they are either misinformed OR LYING. Two pages later, she writes that epidural anesthesia is the only pain relief that will not effect the baby (is she misinformed or lying?). The book is unfortunately full of these... another time she states do not drink alcohol beverages at any time for any reason, then she says that red wine with help false labor pains.
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