Readers who are skeptical about mainstream medicine will love this book. Margulis, a journalist with a PhD in English and four children, begins her story with some scary-sounding facts: Every year more than 700 U.S. women die in childbirth, more than 25,000 of 4.3 million U.S. babies born each year will die before they turn one, and eight out of 1,000 U.S. infants will not live to age five. Margulis raises many valid questions: Why do more than 1.4 million U.S. women each year give birth via cesarean section? Why do U.S. dads often get no time off from work after the birth of a baby when fathers in Norway get 12 weeks of parental leave at full pay? She also asks whether doctors make too many of their decisions based on the profit motive. Unfortunately, she may unnecessarily alarm some pregnant moms about everything from vaccines (she particularly dislikes giving the hepatitis B immunizationto newborns) to ultrasounds (she cites a hypothesis that they may trigger autism). It’s not a balanced book, but it is a thought-provoking one that will motivate women to ask why before blindly agreeing to everything their doctor orders. --Karen Springen
“Pregnancy and childbirth are wildly vulnerable times, and one is desperate to put one's faith in the doctor. Jennifer Margulis reveals why that trust is sometimes misplaced, and helps us to make wise choices when the stakes are high. This is a must-read book for parents and parents-to-be,and for the medical professionals who care for us.” (Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules)
"A new mother's first instinct is to protect her newborn. But how can she best do that in a consumer culture so focused on its bottom line? The Business of Baby exposes some hard and shocking facts about how even the most well-meaning American parents unwittingly buy into systems that do documented harm. Thought-provoking and exhaustively researched, this book is destined to inspire much-needed dialogue about the current American way of birthing and caring for our young." (Hope Edelman bestselling author of Motherless Daughters)
“Jennifer Margulis's searing and well-researched exposé is a must-read for expectant mothers. Whether she is discussing common obstetric practices, circumcision, vaccination, breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, diapering, or choosing a pediatrician, she points the way to rational, health-based decision-making.” (Ina May Gaskin)
“Worthyof close consideration by parents.” (Kirkus)
Terrible read by an author who is reckless and naive with regard to health and wel-being for children. Lacks merit and encourages irresponsibility to community health. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Stephanie
Beautiful book to help return pregnancy and motherhood to its roots - nature. Jennifer exposes dangers of some modern philosophies and procedures and leaves it up to the parents... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ganeles-magee
I bought this book when it first came out in hardback and I refer to it over and over again. I've had to buy several more copies to give away because I just can't lend my own... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heather (Della Rocca) McNamara
I wrote this review for her other book, but intended it to be for this one. I would say stay away from any advice she presents. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C.K.
Here is why I would never take any advice from this author. Other than the fact that she has absolutely no background in science or the medical field, she advocated for infectious... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C.K.
It blows my mind when people complain about hospitals and medicine being big business. For the vast majority of people insurance companies are paying for your costs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Louis Loizides
Very insightful reading that is well researched. Well written. Well thought out. Thank you for writing this and allowing people to see more than one side of the issue of baby.Published 5 months ago by ian hannigan
As a healthcare provider for almost four decades I just wish this compilation had been available years ago! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. Jennifer Vaughn
There is so much to be learned from Business of Baby. The blog is insightful and offers a fresh perspective on parenting.Published 6 months ago by David C