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The Mommy Docs' Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth Paperback – May 3, 2011
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BookPage, May 2011
“Full of…useful tidbits…With common-sense information and advice on everything from breastfeeding to baby blues, these are the doctors every new mommy wants at her side. The comparisons to the seminal What to Expect When You’re Expecting are inevitable, but the Mommy Docs write in a more conversational, matter-of-fact tone…A thorough and useful guide from conception to pregnancy and delivery.”
Deseret News, 5/1/11
“A comprehensive guide to pretty much everything that happens from preparing for pregnancy through the ‘fourth trimester’ after birth.”
“If you or a friend are expecting, pick [it] up immediately…As the title suggests, it’s written by women who are both moms and doctors, and they totally get it…They deal with frequently asked questions, and refute some pretty interesting myths.”
“So filled with medically sound advice, intelligently presented case histories, extensive debunking of myths, and all-around sensible writing, that the book itself becomes a thing you might not expect while expecting: a super-clear, super-helpful, easy-to-read and easy-to-use guide that beautifully balances the medical with the personal.”
“An entertaining, easy-to-read guide for new mothers and mothers-to-be…The anecdotal excerpts are a great plus for this book…A very informative resource for expectant mothers.”
Georgia Family, July 2011
“[A] reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.”
ForeWord, July/August 2011
“It’s the Mommy Docs’ comforting tone that makes this guide both invaluable and appealing. Recognizing that pregnancy is as much about emotional changes as it is about physical changes, they set their guide apart from others by providing heartfelt personal experiences and those of many of their patients. Whether it’s a reader’s first, second, or even third child, there’s good advice for every kind of pregnant mother.”
“What makes this book stand out from the dozens of books available on the subject of pregnancy is the book’s light, conversational style.”
Mid-Ohio Valley Parent (WV), January 2012
“This book’s tone has a ‘been there’ approach that readers will relate to, like talking to a sister or friend.”
About the Author
Melissa Jo Peltier is a New York Times-bestselling author and Emmy-winning writer and producer living in Nyack, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
However, as I continued through the book, I found the second and third trimester sections much less helpful. I feel like there's too much generic information and patient stories, rather than actual information about what's going on with my body and my baby. I also find that there are some odd suggestions and/or recommendations that do not match any other well recognized pregnancy source (for example, the statement that Kegels are a bad exercise for pregnant women).
On the whole, I wish I'd spent just 5 more minutes browsing the book when I originally found it at the bookstore. I probably would have gotten all the reassurance I needed out of the first trimester chapter, and then not wasted my money on the rest of the book.
The trio behind this book - referred to as "The Mommy Docs" - consists of obstetricians Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park, who are also the stars of the hit television show Deliver Me.
Even though they recognize alternate childbirth settings and choices, it's clear that this book is written primarily for women who plan to give birth in a hospital with an OBGYN. It's full of information about common hospital procedures and practices.
A good portion of this book is dedicated to pregnancy complications and high risk pregnancy information, as well as what to expect in the weeks and months after you give birth, e.g. caring for your postpartum body, postpartum depression and emotions, and caring for your baby.
Though it remains a very mainstream pregnancy book, topics in this book are approached in a more personal manner than most, with all of the perspectives in the book stemming from a woman's point of view. They include lots of real life examples and scenarios to give you an idea of the many ways in which women may experience pregnancy and birth.
The Mommy Docs attempt to bust some common myths about pregnancy and birth, such as what you should or should not eat and a few other old wives tales that may be floating around.Read more ›
First, although this book was published in 2011, in some ways it is already outdated, because biotechnology is just moving that fast in some areas! For example, over the past couple of years several NIPTs (non-invasive prenatal tests) have been developed. NIPTs is a blood test that screens for chromosomal abnormalities, etc, as early as 9-10 weeks! Completely non-invasive to the fetus and thus a far safer and cheaper option than chorionic villus sampling for screening rather than diagnostic. I plan on having this simple blood draw done at LabCorp.
Second, some of the reviews made this book out to seem amusing and funny. Sorry, but I never laughed once. Some of the stories were awesome (the 'mother of ectopic' was fascinating) and some were just ridiculous (overall Alane and Yvonne had better anecdotes in my opinion). In fact, the book may overwhelm you if you try to plow through it, so take plenty of breaks and give it some thought in the meantime, so that you can plan without stress.
Third, as some of the reviewers have said this book is medically streamlined. It gives you a great idea of what to expect if an emergency cesarean, etc, is necessary and why, but other points are just presented as "do it" without mentioning possible controversies. For instance, I think it's fair to ask for preservative-free Vitamin K or epidural injections. Also, while natural therapies are in no way condemned by the book, there were several instances where more could have been mentioned about natural options for complaints (for example, costochondritis, which is NOT pain at the rib head as described by one of the docs, but at the sternal rib connection).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this at the library and felt it was a worth while read. I like the way they blended medical, emotional, and real-life information. Read morePublished 6 months ago by heatherhmt
Great reference book for pregnancy! I borrowed it from my local library, and after they wouldn't let me renew it any more, I finally decided to order my own copy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anna H
Great book. Bought it pre-pregnancy and regularly used it during pregnancy.Published 13 months ago by marie
a great book to reference to if you have any questions during or before pregnancy. A book that doesn't try and scare the crap out of youPublished 13 months ago by Brooke Roach
Loved this book. Great information from a doctor and a moms perspective. Also stories of other patients. Great book and well writtenPublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Incredibly useful, especially when you bookmark passages on digital reader (in this case, used Kindle). Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by dschantson
Dr. Bohn is my obgyn and she gave me this book. To Be Honest I Have Already Read About 10 Baby Book Before This So Didn't Expect To Get Too Much Out Of it, But I did! Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by brittany