From Library Journal
Wirth (clinical associate professor of pediatrics, Tufts Univ. Sch. of Medicine) has been working with premature babies for more than 20 years. He was also physician to Elizabeth Carr, the first U.S. test tube baby. His experiences and research have led him to believe that quality medical care does not guarantee a healthy baby; just as vital is the "psychological and spiritual content of your life." Everything women (and their partners) think, feel, and do while pregnant, he argues, has a profound impact on the child before and after birth. Here, he instructs parents-to-be on how to handle stress, avoid low self-esteem, and talk to their unborn child. Wirth contends that a parent's connection with a child is more intimate prior to birth owing to direct chemical communication. He repeatedly notes that an infant has an incredible learning capacity and that what is learned in utero and in the first few months outside the womb will set the stage for the rest of a child's life. This well-written treatise is clinical in detail, and most public library patrons do not need as much as it offers. Nevertheless, the author's passion for his subject is contagious. Recommended for larger public library parenting collections and academic library child development collections. Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL
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“Please read this book. It just may be the greatest gift you ever give your child.” (Steven W. Vannoy, author of The Ten Greatest Gifts We Give Our Children)