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The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy (Christian Mama's Guide Series) Paperback – April 8, 2013
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Erin MacPherson is a mom of three who never does anything halfway. When she discovered she was pregnant she decided to write about it―but then kept writing. A former staff writer and editor for Nickelodeon, Erin now entertains parents on her personal blog as well as through freelance magazine articles, devotionals and speaking. She wants to come beside her readers not only as a confidant and Christian sister, but also as a best girlfriend who understands what daily life is all about.
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With all of that said, I have read other reviews on this book and I would like to add my thoughts...
1. This is not a medical text, nor does it purport to be. If you are looking for a great text including all things medical I would recommend the Mayo Clinic's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.
2. This is not a devotional. There are a number of fantastic devotionals on the market that have daily or weekly readings. For those looking for a more intensive number of verses I would recommend going down this avenue.
3. I would read this book AFTER having a child. I tried to read it beforehand, but didn't find it that great. I picked it up again when I had a bit of downtime as a new mama and I was curious to see what I had missed in some of the books that I had purchased and never read. It was then that I realized how great this book is. It is so funny looking back on the whole experience and appreciating what the author has to say in retrospect. I would recommend this book to any mom who has been through this experience. The fantastic thing is that different stories will resonate better for some people than others and that is the beauty of it. I would not recommend it before going through the whole process because I don't personally think it's worthwhile to scare a mama to be to death by relating the difficult experiences one has personally faced. I appreciated that all the women around me essentially lied to me about pregnancy and childbirth. They all told me that childbirth especially was no big deal. After my experience they all suddenly confessed the truth about their own, and now I understand the bond between women that comes with this experience! And I will say this, for some women the whole thing is super easy, it was for my mom and that's the truth. So if you have not had a child and you are reading this, it's worth it to hope for that experience! It can happen!
4. The new version of this book is not out until April 2013, so any reviews on the newer edition I doubt are trustworthy, unless they are all by individuals who have early access to the book, and then you have to ask yourself if their opinions are the ones you are really looking for. They are likely not your general, everyday reader and there might be some bias!
5. Mamas everywhere should support other mamas. It doesn't matter how you get through the experience. All mamas do the best they can. It drives me nuts when people want to get on a soap box about how their way is/was the right way. If there is one thing I have learned it is that sometimes things don't go as you plan, and that is true for all of us. So have some grace ladies!
I will end by saying that I am looking forward to all of the books that this author has coming out in April. No, I haven't been through all those stages yet, but I'll give them a go, and if they are better suited to reading after those stages, I'll read them then. I know they will be fantastic at the appropriate time!
I purchased this book to save for my daughter-in-law if she ever does have a baby. I know she will learn a lot from it and also enjoy Erin's way of telling the stories. I think this book should be a "must" for every first time mom.
Also having been a Labor & Delivery nurse for 25 years, I again say---this book should be a "must" for every first time mom.
There is so much valuable information here---I can't wait to be able to read the entire book. So far, I do say it's an amazing read.
Thank you Erin for taking the time to write this and share all your knowledge and wit with the world. Mothers every where will also be thanking you.
We'll look forward to the sequel----how to raise these children in today's world. This is my idea, perhaps not Erin's.