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How to Prevent Miscarriage and Other Crises of Pregnancy: A Leading High-Risk Doctor's Prescription for Carrying Your Baby to Term Paperback – November 5, 1990

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With the help of journalist Colman, maternal-fetal medicine specialist Semchyshyn has written an easy-to-understand, in-depth book that addresses the often overlooked issue of miscarriage. While it's common for obstetricians to dismiss miscarriages as "nature's way" of ending a problem pregnancy, Semchyshyn has achieved an excellent success rate in bringing miscarriage-prone patients to full term. The book covers all causes of miscarriage, diagnostic procedures to detect them, and possible treatment plans. For women concerned about this issue, the book offers a great deal more information than is found in the standard pregnancy manuals. This should be added to all public library health collections.
- Debra Berlanstein, Towson State Univ., Baltimore
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 5, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020368550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020368557
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kay Ethier on May 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Losing my baby was terrible. But the doctors said there were noalternatives but to let "nature run its course." Pregnantnow, I live in fear every day. When I started having problems in this pregnancy, my new doctors said the same thing the old doctors did -- there are no treatments.
I tried everything suggested to me -- bed rest, vitamins, healthy eating, no bad stuff. I was told I could do no more. I was told there was nothing I or the doctor could do to stop my baby from being lost.
It was absolutely stunning -- and enfuriating -- to read this book and understand that there ARE treatments and preventatives. This book describes things that I can do and things my doctor should be doing. It also describes medical issues and symptoms in wonderfully helpful detail.
The author of this book has a 97.5 rate of births among his patients. Everything I have read says that 15-20% of ALL [pregnancies] end in miscarriage. Why is it this doctor is saving so many babies while other doctors are just letting them die?
I strongly recommend you read this book and learn what you -- and your doctor -- need to know.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K.L. Berkihiser on February 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I tried for 6 years to get pregnant and stay pregnant. After 4 pregnancy losses I was at my wits end. I bought this book and read it and was amazed at how much regular doctors (OBs) don't do when you might be losing your baby. I had progesterone shots and carried past 13 weeks for the first time since I began my quest for a baby, AND when I found out I had oligohydramnios in my 20th week it was this book that told me what it was and how to combat it. I knew from the ultrasound that the baby's kidneys and bladder were normal and present, and this book told me if it is not a problem with my baby it is a placental problem. There is of coarse a section on how to treat placental problems, I was already on bed rest, but it said that taking baby aspirin can make a big difference, by my daughters full term birth the condition had reversed itself and my baby was fine! I recommend this book highly, it is written in a format that can be complicated for some to figure out, but it saved my daughters life and kept me from having another IUGR baby and getting Toxemia back. If you are prone to high risk pregnancy or pregnancy losses this book is wonderful and really can help you end up with a healthy baby! I am so glad I bought it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Awsome on March 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a owner of the book and a patient of the doctor. I have found that the book offers explanations to problems, offers education of the signs and symptoms that other doctors just ignore and offers alternative instructions to helping your next pregnancy be healthy and explains how every mother-to-be has to become "literate" about all of her body signs and partner with her doctor to ensure a successful pregnancy. Most doctors just want to tell you what to do, have time for limited questions and quickly get you through their busy offices. This is one doctor who truly lives up to the high standards of professionalism he discusses in his book and always tries to answer any questions from patients or worried mother-to-be's with questions from all over the world. After following the instructions in this book and partnering with him during my last pregnancy to become pregnancy literate, I delivered a healthy baby boy in August 1998 and look forward to delivering another healthy child in Sept. of this year. All of his patients only have great things to say about him and the sincerity of his caring about making every pregnancy count. I wish all doctors would be trying to save every pregnancy as much as this doctor does.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
After suffering a miscarriage with my first pregnancy and then trying for three long years to get pregnant again, I was delighted to finally find out recently that I am indeed pregnant again! Of course, I am also scared to death that history will repeat itself and my pregnancy will again fail. I am determined, however, to do everything I can to prevent such an occurance, and refuse to believe that "nature" is in control of my body. I know that many miscarriages can be prevented, and I have educatred myself and done everything possible during my time of pre-conception, conception, and post-conception to stack the deck in my favor.
This book gave me much added knowledge to use as I continue to promote, monitor, and advocate for the health of my current pregnancy. It describes causes of miscarriage, how to monitor your pregnancy, and distinguishes between which signs and symptoms are normal and which are warning signs. It gives some preventive measures that can be taken, many of which I knew from earlier research, but also new ones that I will definitely try. It encourages a partnership between the patient and her doctor that is absolutely crucial.
The author is one of only 400 in the US who is certified in maternal-fetal medicine and has a 97.5 success rate for bringing healthy babies to term in his high-risk pregnancy practice. The book includes testimonials from current and former patients with such discouraging pregnancy histories that you will be amazed at their success after signing on as one of the author's patients and following his plan.
For those women who are determined to take control of their bodies and their pregnancies, this book is a must-read!
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