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"If you just read the title of this book and pass it over, assuming it is written only for working moms, you would be sorely mistaken and miss out on a thoroughly informative and enjoyable book. The book covers everything you need to know about preconception, pregnancy and caring for your newborn. . . . Greenfield is a medical doctor but reading this book is like having a conversation with your best friend who happens to have a lot of experience having babies. She writes in such a way that you really feel like you are being guided and supported through each point. . . . Whether you are getting ready for your homebirth or are scheduling your c-section, this book can help you prepare for all aspects of having a baby. A must read!" —Parenting Weekly

(Parenting Weekly 2009-06-02)

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The only authoritative guide specifically for pregnant working women, this book addresses all the subjects one expects to find in a comprehensive book on pregnancy plus issues of special concern to wage-earning women. Is my workplace safe for my developing baby? When should I tell my employer that I am expecting? What laws protect me if I must take medical leave? Answers to all these and more.

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Product Details

  • Series: Yale University Press Health & Wellness
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (May 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300113242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300113242
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is the book many women have been waiting for - it contains all of the thorough, up to date and accurate "doctor" information on surviving a working pregnancy AND all the information you'd get over coffee from your friends who've been through it - and their friends who've been through it (if you had time to go for (decaf) coffee!). It's really a helpful resource for any pregnant woman - working out of the home or not - because of the plethora of relevant and useful information. Great gift for expectant moms.
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This book is terrific! The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book is a must buy for all new mothers, even those who don't work. As a mom and a nurse-midwife, I recommend it to everyone. I'm buying two copies for my daughter-in-laws.

The author covers everything from early pregnancy to labor and delivery to the postpartum period. What I like most are the practical tips for how to arrange your life, not after you go back to work, but before. The author, a woman OB/Gyn, and working mom, even discusses sex!

The index is helpful. The text is clear and easy to read. I loved the comments by real patients. Everything is explained intelligently but with common sense, and not in a scary way. I list this book, with four others, in my OB packet. It's a little expensive, but worth it. I love it.
Patricia Harman CNM
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I was really disappointed with this book. I kept reading thinking it would get to some actually helpful advice based on more than random quotes from surveyed women. too much emphasis on being safe in the workplace- I'd hope any woman working in a lab would figure that out. it also ended up as more of a regular pregnancy book walking the reader through the entire pregnancy. I don't need that and can get that from another book. I didn't get the impression that this woman had actually gone back to a job and figured out anything more than logical, practical sense stuff. what had sold me was the discussion of when to tell your boss... all it ended up walking you through are some of the things to think about like a) whether it will impact your work b/c you have a physical job, b) if you tell anyone other than your boss first that your boss may find out anyway, that c) some people like to give as much advanced notice as possible so that your employer can plan maternity leave. I can think about that all on my own - I want to know what will help me re-integrate after maternity leave, and what will ensure I'm still on an advancing career path when I do. Bottom line.. underwhelmed and hoping I motivate to resell it because I don't want it on my bookshelf. as a side note, thankfully I'd also purchased another career mom book and was very pleased. go check out this one instead: Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers,
Mary Ann Mason, Eve Mason Ekman
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Primarily made up of short descriptions about how other women handled situations related to work and pregnancy. Doesn't really give specific advice or help you weigh the pros or cons. Not much information about legal issues or obligations of employers and employees related to maternity leave, etc. Not what I expected.
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I've looked at many books at the bookstore and purchased several to see which books provide most pertinent information for working, modern women as they adapt to pregnancy. This book by far offers some of the most relevant, best organized, practical information that I can refer to through each stage of my pregnancy. The anecdotes by other women help you relate to as well as learn from experiences of other women that go through similar dilemmans and challenges in balancing work and life responsibilities during pregnancy. It graciously leaves out some of the very basic information that most women can gain information by simply going to the American Pregnancy Association website (such as basics of nutrition, what is safe/unsafe, vitamins, common discomforts) and sticks to providing you the extra information that actually required further research and data compiliation by the author. It also further offers post-birth tips (i.e. on breast feeding and pumping milk once you return to work, etc.) that will make this book a solid reference guide even after the baby is born. So glad I found this book!
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Dr. Greenfield's book is a complete informative book that provides pertinent information and comfort to those women considering or experiencing pregnancy.
Her facts are accurate and reflect the latest "state-of-the-art" medical and technical knowledge.
She addresses issues about the human emotional element that are sometimes forgotten in books of this nature.
I highly recommend this book to all women of child-bearing age.
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You known how sometimes when you read a novel you just skip down the page reading the conversation in quotes? I did the same thing with this one because the quotes from other working moms were so entertaining. They really flesh out the main points and also show the variety of normal experience. I also loved, loved, loved the first chapter--the quiz about "Are You (Even) Ready to Have a Baby". Lots of working women aren't sure.
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This book was SO negative. There is a lot of information, very plain and to the point. It covers a LITTLE of everything, but didn't provide a lot of information on anything. I'm newly pregnant and working as a hardware technician for a large software company. What I took from this book is that I should hide my pregnancy as long as possible, kiss all of my co-workers hind ends so that they don't get mad when I take maternity leave, and hope that nobody treats me any differently. It was horrible advice. Being pregnant is wonderful, and you shouldn't be so concerned about someone at work not understanding. If you are looking for a boring list of things you can and can't do - along with what kinds of thing MIGHT happen (which I already found all over the internet for free) - this is your book. I'm going to look for something a little less depressing and a little more upbeat.

By the way, I had to tell my boss and co-workers early because of morning sickness... and they are all estatic and very understanding. My boss is a male - but was very professional about the whole thing. I'm glad I told them.
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