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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (October 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062734601
  • ASIN: B0009RJUKK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors bill it as a "truly epic journey": the voyage from pregnancy through a lifetime of parenting twins. Perinatologists Connie L. Agnew, M.D., and Alan H. Klein, M.D. (also a pediatrician) incorporate a winning combination of helpful facts, educated opinion, and candid roundtable discussions--a combination that nicely maps the journey's first course for expectant parents of multiples.

Those readers familiar with the ever-popular What to Expect When You're Expecting--a mainstay for first-time parents--will be delighted to see a similar format employed here. The pregnancy and birth chapters break down into chunks of gestational weeks, outlining basic fetal development, mom's changing body, and special "transitional" issues common to each trimester. These chapters are further enhanced by pencil illustrations of the mother's pregnant body (with a peekaboo view of the developing twins) and roundtable discussions involving the authors and a panel of twins' parents.

The book's second half delves into getting through that first, tough year. While ample information on labor and delivery overlaps both halves of the book, this second section spends more time focused on the growing babies and the challenges new parents face in their relationships with their children and with each other. Again, the roundtable discussions prove quite valuable; it's always nice to read encouraging words from those who have lived through preterm delivery, sleep deprivation, and older sibling regression. Growth charts and a helpful resource guide of organizations, periodicals, and retail outlets round out the package. --Liane Thomas

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In the United States, twin births have increased by 42 percent since 1980, spurred by the increasing use of fertility treatments and the advancing age of many mothers. Agnew, a perinatologist and leading specialist in the delivery of high-risk infants, and Klein, a specialist in high-risk infant care, have written one of the first books on twins by medical professionals. In conversational style, the authors cover comprehensively pregnancy, birth, the postpartum experience, and the first year of life. Interviews with parents of twins lend a fascinating insight to the topics discussed. Also particularly helpful are the detailed descriptions of the type of medical care necessary during pregnancy and the babies' first year and the resource guide at the back of the book. This excellent resource is recommended for all collections.?Stacey Hathaway, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Frechtman on March 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
At last! A book that I can recommend to the hundreds of couples who are hungry for information about the special pregnancy they are going though. This is a positive, well written book that parents will turn to again and again. The Elizabeth Noble book is scary and so negative. This easy to read book is not only a joy to read from cover to cover, but also well indexed so parents can go directly to the chapters they need. Most parents expecting twins cannot find material,let alone information that is both practical and up to date. I publish childrens books for families of multiples and receive up to 30 calls a day which mostly consist of Moms and Dads in shock over the news that they are having twins or more! This book fills an important need and I am happy to send my customers to buy it. What a great shower gift and along with the authors 2nd book, "Caring for your Premature Baby," these parents will be fully prepared to be knowledgeable concerning this wonderful time in their lives. I only wish that it had been available when my daughter was expecting her twins. Don't walk,run and get this book,read it and then relax,enjoy this special time. God Bless you all.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
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My husband and I are the parents of four month old twins and got this book about a month before our daughters were born (at 36 weeks). It has been great! We bought the Elizabeth Noble book early on in the pregnancy and did not find it uplifting and, while it had a lot of information, the tone was generally negative and judgmental. I happen to be nursing both of my babies but it was clear to me that, while the writers of TWINS! were encouraging breast feeding, they were also trying to support mothers who chose or need to bottle feed. I felt like TWINS! offered lots of information (we really liked the list of questions to ask a potential pediatrician and I think it helped us make the right choice). The focus on seeing yourself and your doctors as members of a team was extremely helpful. I still refer to the book alot and would recommend it to any expectant parents of twins. I give it four stars. How about sequels for the toddler and elementary years?
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
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I was extremely disappointed in this book and am not sure why so many people gave it such high praise. If you haven't read any other books about pregnancy, birth, or infants I suppose this book provides some good general background. However, I was looking for more in-depth discussions of how twins specifically develop during pregnancy and in their first year, how they relate to each other, and how I can better meet their needs and help them to thrive. Instead I found a lot of general comments such as, "...you will need to decide whether or not you want to put your twins in two cribs, or co-sleep them in one." Obviously I will have to make this decision, but the book offers absolutely no perspective on how to decide, the benefits of each arrangement, etc. Again this book provides decent general perspective on babies, but it simply takes the basic information one finds in other, more thorough, books and replaces the word "baby" with the plural "babies" - offering little or no insight into the deeper challenges and decisions involved in parenting twins. In addition, I found the round table discussions somewhat difficult to follow and not terribly helpful. I do not recommend this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "jodyx3" on January 29, 2000
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I am currently 28 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins and this book has been a great help to me. The book's monthly sections on fetal and maternal progress are missing from many twins books, and are a god-send to anyone expecting twins or more. I especially appreciate the sections on how to make your other children comfortable with the idea of new babies during your pregnancy, and how to include them in your new family structure post-partum.
The only problems I have with this book are pretty minor. I would've appreciated longer, more detailed sections on pregnancy itself and less of the forum discussions by parents of twins. Although interesting, the forum discussions are far less useful to me than hard facts. Also, for a book on twins, there is a real lack of information on the possible complications a mother of twins may face during her pregnancy. When I suffered an abruption of the placenta 3 weeks ago, it was not this book that helped me one bit, but my old standard What to Expect When You're Expecting. I really feel this book could be improved by a section on pregnancy complications.
For anyone who is expecting twins, I would definitely suggest you purchase this book. I would also recommend that you buy a good book on high risk pregnancies as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2000
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Being pregnant with twins, I have found it difficult to find good information about this unique type of pregnancy. This book has good information, month by month, but I found that it did not answer many of my questions and concerns, or not in enough detail. The "roundtable" discussions in each chapter did not correspond to the monthly developments and were therefore fairly useless. I found the ultrasound images and the illustrations very useful to help put things in perspective each month. Overall, this book is a good supplement but I think that Barbara Luke's book had much more complete and detailed information.
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