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Body, Soul, and Baby: A Doctor's Guide to the Complete Pregnancy Experience, From Preconception to Postpartum Hardcover – January 30, 2007
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"Having a baby? At last, a book that addresses all your concerns and supports all your hopes. Body, Soul, and Baby is a must have for every woman who not only plans to give birth but wants to become a mother in the fullest, most complete sense of the word."—Rachel Naomi Remen MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
"From the first thought of getting pregnant to the magic of motherhood, this book celebrates every stage of the extraordinary process of giving birth. It's the perfect gift for any expecting mom or dad!"—Cheryl Richardson, author of Stand Up for Your Life, Life Makeovers, and Take Time for Your Life
“This is exactly what a pregnancy guide should be- up to date and comprehensive information about the medical aspects of pregnancy combined with what every mom to be needs to know about the rest of her body, mind, and soul. Pregnancy is indeed about more than what is going on in the uterus”.—Alice Domar, author of Self Nurture
"Body, Soul, and Baby is both a practical source book and inspiring companion to help all women access the inner wisdom available during pregnancy and birth."—Christiane Northrup
About the Author
Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., is Executive Director of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. The author of the highly acclaimed Consciously Female, Dr. Gaudet is a practicing, board-certified ob-gyn and the founding executive director of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She lives with her son Ryan in Durham, North Carolina.
Paula Spencer is a freelance writer whose eight books include The V Book and Momfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed Anybody and Other Secrets of Happier Parenting. Author of the “Momfidence!” column in Woman’s Day, she is also a contributing editor to Parenting and Baby Talk. She lives with her husband and four children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Mothers who use midwives and doulas are often drawn to the extra psychological support offered by their caregivers, and will probably respond well to this book. Also, mothers who see obstetricians would also find this book an important complement to their care, since doctors typically spend significantly less time on prenatal emotional support. Those who are familiar with the book "Birthing From Within" may appreciate "Body, Soul, and Baby" for its similar approach to pregnancy (the former is more solely focused on birth).
My complaints are few, but I was disappointed in the following recommendations made by author and physician Tracy Gaudet. When she writes about midwives, she ignores Certified Professional Midwives, the most common type of home birth midwife in the U.S. She speaks only of "lay" midwives who are uncertified, and she is not supportive -- but she doesn't base her comments on scientific research or have experience working in a home setting (research demonstrates that CPMs and home birth, which can be attended by doctors as well as midwives, are as safe as hospital birth for healthy pregnancies). Home birth families may be especially drawn to a personalized, emotionally-based approach to pregnancy, so it is unfortunate that Gaudet might alienate these readers.
She also writes that in cases of stillbirth, she supports the option of elective cesarean section (as an alternative to expecting the mother to birth vaginally). She means to spare the mother the sadness of laboring with a stillborn. However, I find the recommendation troubling and lacking in evidence, as it adds the potential risks of major surgery, such as depression, hemorrage or infection, and possible future infertility, to an already very painful situation.
Overall, as a childbirth professional I love this book for filling a need among pregnancy books -- and hope to meet the author someday, since we share a publisher.
The author is a OB/GYN who strongly believes in coupling modern medicine with holistic practices. She guides the reader through numerous self meditative exercises to check in with her body and relax. In the past I'd never been a fan of these techniques, but now I do not go a day without doing them. The book really teaches you how to be more in tune with your body through your journey from preconception to postpardum, an important skill to have when another life depends so much on yours.
The book gives an overview for each trimester for your body, your developing little one, and the medical care involved at each step. There is also a really good section on preconception health.
An excellent book! I will be giving it to all of my girlfriends.
This book not only focuses on every stage of pregnancy but it does so in an unbiased way. Most books are either written from a strong medical reference (in support of hospital birth and intervention) or a midwifery model (in support of homebirth and the "natural" experience). This book is neutral and draws the answers from within you. It also was the only source that I read about the link between the flu or it's vaccine and development of schizophrenia. Thank goodness because that research made me decide NOT to have the flu vaccination while pregnant.
I plan to buy this book for all of my friends when they become pregnant. Shame it's not more well known but I have a feeling it will be : )
It covers anything you can think of...the before pregnancy, during, after... also it goes over what happens in your body, what happens for your baby and what happens in your soul! Very detailed and gives advice too! The author is also an ob/gyn and speaks from experience. She is great and also writes a column in Whole Body & Soul magazine! I highly recommend this book!!!