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The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning Paperback – April 15, 2014
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“The Kind Mama gives you the solid information you need for raising a healthy baby. Medically sound and engagingly written, this book will be on your bedside table as a trusted guide.” ―Neal D. Barnard, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, George
“I LOVE this book! It's chock-full of invaluable information for mamas, along with the most beautiful images. Kudos to Alicia Silverstone for sharing your story and the personal choices you've made for your family thus far. So Inspiring!” ―Ricki Lake, producer of The Business of Being Born
“A unique and positive statement about how wonderfully well pre-birth, pregnancy, birth, and child raising can be experienced. Not only do you need this book, but I needed this book.” ―From the foreword by Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP
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-much of the advice would only work if a) you are NOT a working mother, and b) you are committed to almost completely giving up your own personal interests/outside of the home activities/sleep for the first 3 years of your child's life.
-the advice is at best confusing, and at worst, dangerous (I am pro-vaccines, and very concerned that books such as this continue to perpetuate bad science around vaccinations)
-the author has picked only references that support the lifestyle choices that she feels are correct, completely discounting research that would disagree. one example - the book mentions formula feeding (a reality for many working mothers) only once, and negatively - scientific research does not entirely support this view (one example: [...])
Of course, these are my opinions and I am biased (having formula fed)...I just wish there were more of these dreamy tomes that supported the opposite (and often more realistic) 'way' of raising children.
The science used at the beginning of the book is excellent and peer-reviewed. The rest of the book... take it or leave it. She basically just talks about avoiding medicinal interventions and anything toxic.
I was tempted to give a one-star review for her tiny blurb on vaccines. She did not say outright "Don't vaccinate your baby!" but she pointed readers to several anti-vaccine sources. Measles kill 1.1 million children each year, and that disease could be eradicated by vaccines, just as smallpox was eradicated. We have already saved billions of lives (and medical dollars) because of vaccines. I am a hippy-dippy, granola-crunching, bike-riding vegan. I am also convinced by science. Please, for the sake of the human race, vaccinate your children. If you do not, your child could get measles or whooping cough, then the disease would mutate and all previous vaccinations would be useless. You endanger EVERYONE by not vaccinating. You could also kill your child. It's the most selfish choice anyone could make, in my opinion.
The recipes in the back were pretty mediocre. I made a couple and hated them. They were a bit tasteless. I felt the same way about recipes in The Kind Diet, though. I have had much better success with Blissful Bites and Veganomicon.
She talks about having an amazing pregnancy, but then admits to feeling horrible and nauseous for 6 months. I've never been pregnant myself (I need at least 5 more years of freedom), but it seems a little silly that she makes a ton of suggestions to combat nausea and then says they never really worked for her. Her suggestions are ones you could find anywhere - use Seabands, drink ginger tea, try aromatherapy, etc.
It's a nice read if you want to feel connected to other earth-mamas. If you are already a vegan and have read any books about pregnancy, this will probably be redundant.
Alicia simply advised parents to study the vaccine question - to research it. This is informed consent. Why are so many people condemning this author for simply suggesting this? People research the purchase of an automobile more than they study the drugs or injections that they put in their bodies.
As for Alicia being a high school graduate with no medical training, neither is Amanda Peete who refers to nonvaxers as parasites. Where is her medical degree?
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