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Momover: The New Mom's Guide to Getting It Back Together (even if you never had it in the first place!) Paperback – March 18, 2010
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"Momover reads like a juicy exposé that spills a delicious secret: a happy mom equals a happy baby. Dana Wood redefines the tenets of modern motherhood with wit and a stockpile of indispensable, expert advice." --Cynthia Rowley
"After you have a baby, everyone focuses on the baby and the baby clothing and baby gear. I applaud Dana Wood for turning her attention to the new mother and helping her return to her chic fabulous self!" --Liz Lange, founder and president of Liz Lange Maternity Clothing
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But the writing comes across as off-putting, reminding me of women who complain about how hard it is to find a good nanny, Pilates instructor or housecleaner. I've encountered this scene before: Mom with newborn in her richly appointed home has two friends over, also with newborns. As the Jamaican baby nurse sits on-call nearby, and the Filipino maid cleans up the dishes from the luncheon she prepared for the group, the women talk about how hard it is to find time just for themselves. They reminisce about the old days when they could schedule a salon appointment or meet their personl trainer at the gym without worrying about breast-feeding times. Oh, wait, skip the breast-feeding and get that kid on formula. It's so much easier for Mom, never mind the nutirional value for baby. Yes, it's so tough with a newborn.
The whole book seems to be various ways for moms to justify being selfish. Unless you plan to hire baby nurses, nannies and babysitters, along with a personal trainer/Pilates instructor who comes to your home to get you back into shape, and become a member of Harry & David's "Organic Fruit of the Month Club"...I can't imagine what you'd get out of reading it.
The author writes, "I can virtually guarantee that your little bundle of joy doesn't really need fifteen impossibly gorgeous hand-loomed blankies. You, on the other hand, just might be in the market for a cozy new cashmere sweater or shawl." News flash: If your friends wanted to buy something for you instead of the baby, they would have!
One of the "ground rules" listed is, "I will build at least one (and preferably many, many more) mommy time-outs into my day, including reading snippets of a million delicious Edith Wharton novels and steeping in steaming-hot aromatherapy baths." This is fairly unrealistic, especially finding that kind of time more than once a day...most moms I know are grateful to squeeze in a quick shower, if that!
The last straw for me was when the author effectively called women who exclusively breastfeed (ie, no supplementing with formula) "vain and stubborn". She claims her daughter "wouldn't be here today" if she hadn't listened to the hospital nurses and started giving formula. This kind of myth is perpetuated by people who don't do their research, so the vast majority of newborns are given formula when it may not actually be necessary.
The fact is that newborns are born with the ability to survive on very little for the first few days, until the mother's milk comes in...and losing a little weight at first (up to 10% of birthweight) is perfectly acceptable. For the record, I was one of those "vain and stubborn" women who was told by nurses and pediatricians that I should supplement with formula. However, I had done my research...so with the help of my lactation consultant and various other support networks, we were able to exclusively breastfeed and our baby has been thriving.
In short, don't waste your money on this book. What a relief that I checked this out from the library before making the mistake of purchasing it!
If you have the ability to go to yoga and exercise classes on a daily basis, meet up with girlfriends on a whim for coffee, and hire out your cooking, cleaning, and childcare, this book is great for you.
If you're like me, and pay as much for childcare as you do to work (a great job that required 6 yrs of college and grad school to get) and deal with deeper issues than what size you wear and what's become saggy/flabby, find another book. I paid $2.99 for this book at Ocean State Job Lot, and I definitely overpaid.
I've never logged on to write a bad review about anything before. But I feel that this book is so potentially poisonous to new mothers that I just had to say something.
To new moms or soon-to-be moms out there: find a different book. Find one that deals with changes that will inevitably occur in your career, marriage, friendships, and perceptions of self. Motherhood will allow you to reinvent yourself over and over again in wonderful ways. Spend time reinventing how you see your strength and value in this world. Not how your boobs look.