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New Moms, New Families: Priceless Gifts of Wisdom and Practical Advice from Mama Experts for the Fourth Trimester and First Year Postpartum Paperback – April 11, 2012
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 11, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 132 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1470037262
- ISBN-13 : 978-1470037260
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
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I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to convince a man to read this book but for women who are about to give birth or have just given birth, this book is a must read. It’ll save you a lot of pain.
Each chapter is written by a different woman; it starts off with women from the east and then as the book winds along women from the west too chip in with their words of wisdom. Most of them are qualified professionals who have spent many years in this highly specialized domain which is referred to as the “fourth trimester” i.e. from birth to three months. Links to their websites are mentioned as well.
Thank God I was born a man, the pain that women have to go through is beyond me, it’s all encompassing from physic’al’ to emotion’al’ to all the “als” that you can think off. The cures and remedies in the book cover the physical as well as the metaphysical aspects, so it’s well rounded.
At 70 odd pages, it’s an insightful read. Men should read it too, once they do, they’ll be that much more supportive and understanding. Seriously, this is the least you can do for your girl.
This is a book in progress; the editor actually seeks further submissions for future editions. So far, she is off to an interesting start. Her book is a collection of essays by different contributors on how new mothers can take care of themselves so they can take better care of their newborns. The essays themselves vary in quality and usefulness, but all seek to be supportive of women going through the first few months of motherhood.
There are a couple of interesting approaches that this book takes. It's quite multicultural and includes, for instance, traditional Chinese and Korean perspectives on new motherhood. It also has a few entries dealing with very non-traditional approaches like aromatherapy and herbal treatments, which are far more accepted today than they were when I was a new mom.
Some contributors do stray a bit from the stated purpose and take the reader all the way forward into actual childhood; for instance, there's a chapter on raising multilingual children. There are also chapters on preparing for baby: financially, for instance, or preparing a nontoxic environment. And there is serious advice on breast feeding and dealing with diapers.
All in all, an eclectic and often enjoyable read that new mothers or mothers-to-be may find helpful.
The catch phrase published in the editorial for the book (and written in capital letters) was "For Moms by Moms about Moms". Although, the editor Gloria Ng writes in the introduction "while the emphasis of the fourth trimester is often placed on baby's needs, it is also a time when parents learn to become parents", the biggest part of this book is about the MOTHERS' experience in the so called "fourth trimester" i.e. from birth to three months.
As a father of three beautiful daughters, I cannot but be a little bit disappointed by the underline notion in some of the chapters, where "parenthood" is almost viewed as a "single person" affair. In the 112 pages the word "father" is almost not mentioned, or is substituted by the politically correct word "partner". There is a whole chapter dedicated to the experiences of a single mom. And while I understand that the purpose of this book is to be a guide to new moms in all social settings, where self-sufficiency of motherhood is the reality of the times, and self-empowerment a necessity, it almost appears like there is no place for fatherhood and for the father's contribution to the mother and child in the "fourth trimester".
That being said, I recommend this well written and well compiled collection of articles to all new fathers. In spite of the fact that it was written "for moms by moms about moms", there is a lot in there that men can learn about the precious moments of parenting in the childhood phase that is more and more perceived by modern science as the most important for the future development of the child. In other words, if you cannot win them, join them. Hands-on experience for fathers is as rewarding as that of a mother, and the biggest winner is the child. So moms, the fourth trimester should not be about "tea for two"...if there is a three of you. And of course, new moms should read this book as well...