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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.”

Kiwi (website), 5/1/11
“This definitive guide on pregnancy and birth was written by a team of doctors who happen to be moms, too. So, you have all of the accuracy and dependability of consulting a board-certified OB-GYN, but a touch of friendly advice you’d get from a girlfriend, too. The combination works.”

Deseret
News, 5/1/11
“A comprehensive guide to pretty much everything that happens from preparing for pregnancy through the ‘fourth trimester’ after birth.”
 
Tucson Citizen, 5/12/11
“What could be better than a guide to pregnancy and birth written by doctors who are also moms?...[A] comprehensive new book…Written in a clear and friendly style. Packed with real-life stories from new moms and tested practical tips, this extraordinary guide is a reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.”
 
Library Journal, 6/1/11
“Throughout, the authors deliver practical tips and emotional support for coping with both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies as well as the things that can go wrong, such as miscarriages or infertility. Individual stories add a personal dimension to the medical information conveyed…A great resource for anyone seeking information on pregnancy, childbirth, and the first weeks after birth.”
 
Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/11
“Comprehensive and engaging.”
Bookviews, June 2011
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking. From preparing your body for pregnancy to birth, this is an impressive piece of work.”
 
WomanAroundTown.com, 5/27/11
“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.”
 
InfoDad.com, 6/9/11
“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.”
 
Deseret News, 6/12/11
“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.”

Colorado Parent, 9/4/11
“I’m impressed by how much information this book gives moms-to-be! I especially like that the book doesn’t end with delivery but continues on with a section called ‘The Fourth Trimester.’…I’d recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant.”
 
Portland Book Review, September-November 2011
“Written in an easy to understand way…Every woman who is pregnant or wishing to get pregnant will find this book a great resource.”

 

Tulsa Book Review, November 2011
“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

Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are board certified ob/gyn's, who have been in private practice in Los Angeles for more than a decade. They are all also moms.

Melissa Jo Peltier is a New York Times-bestselling author and Emmy-winning writer and producer living in Nyack, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738214604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my daughter right after it was published, and they interviewed the authors on the morning news show. My daughter found it helpful for her pregnancy and birth, but now that my grandson is 5 months old, she is pretty much done with it. I think it would be helpful to have them extend a bit further into the early infancy stage. That's when I felt she needed help and I was 1500 miles away. These great ladies need to publish something similar to "Mother's Almanac" but current. Still, a great source of information!
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I found this book while browsing a bookstore very early in my first pregnancy. I ended up buying it on Amazon a few days later. What initially caught my interest was that the section on the first trimester was packed with lots of reassurance. As a first-time mom-to-be, I was very paranoid about all that could go wrong early in pregnancy. This book really put my mind at easy and helped me to stress a lot less.

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.
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I was given an advanced copy of this book to read because I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and I LOVE IT! It is super easy to read and you truly feel like you are having a conversation with 3 of your girlfriends. I especially like how they are touching on the fact that medical technology & pregnancy information has changed and we don't have to stress and worry about every, single little thing. I cannot tell you how much calmer some of this new info has made me. I highly recommended this book to any woman experiencing pregnancy for the first time!
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I like the stories where mothers are comforted -- "Your child needs you" is one to hold close to our hearts. Having a baby is "delivering a miracle". Some women may want a lot of clinical info, and this is book is for them. It's current -- note: "pregnancy after bypass surgery". Thoughts for the "Fourth Trimester" include pictures of breastfeeding holds -- helpful for a scared new mommy who has no clue of what to do. Bottom line: Very helpful, lots of good info, aimed at mothers who have the intellect to educate themselves and look at highly-charged material without getting scared.
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You kind of expect a book that is written by a group of OBGYNs to downplay midwifery as an option or even to discourage it. However, the doctors and moms behind this book explain how they were trained by midwives while attending their very first births. They go into detail about their respect for midwives and agree that midwifery care at home, in a birth center, or in the hospital can be a great choice for low-risk moms.

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.
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The Natural Family Today review touched on a lot of excellent points, but I have just a few others to add.

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).
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