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Pregnancy, birth & baby care

See below for a selection of the latest books from Pregnancy, birth & baby care category. Presented with a red border are the Pregnancy, birth & baby care books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Pregnancy, birth & baby care books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Modern Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

The Modern Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Author: Marie Louise Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Whether you are planning for a baby, just found out you are pregnant or well into your third trimester, this book will help you to feel confident, informed and inspired about your exciting journey ahead. Through years of work with families, Senior Midwife Marie Louise reveals the key things that will make the biggest, most positive difference to you and your baby as you navigate these life-changing months. As well as this, Marie Louise is renowned for bringing complex science to life. You'll discover fascinating facts that underpin everything you and your baby will go through, including - - How your nervous system is synced with your baby and why baby already knows a lot about you when they are born - The unique process your baby goes through to pass through the birth canal and how you work together in labour - Incredible facts about breast milk Packed with the most up-to-date findings and expert insights, you'll find everything you need to prepare for motherhood and, most importantly, understand and appreciate just how amazing you and your baby both are!

The Nursing Mother's Quick Reference Guide and Planner Essential Breastfeeding Information for Mothers with New Babies

The Nursing Mother's Quick Reference Guide and Planner Essential Breastfeeding Information for Mothers with New Babies

Author: Kathleen Huggins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2020

This is a shorter version of the best-selling book on breastfeeding, The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins. This concise, easy-to-use-on-the-fly version of that classic book is ideal for busy, time-pressed new moms (and their helpers and partners). It also includes planner pages to help keep track of nursing and pumping sessions and other important details. Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not always instinctive for either mothers or babies. Kathleen Huggins's The Nursing Mother's Companion has been a top-selling book on breastfeeding for more than 7 editions over 30 years, with more than 1.1 million copies sold. It is respected and recommended by professionals, including The International Lactation Consultant Association, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, and The American Academy of Pediatrics, and it is well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Now, in this shorter quick-reference version, moms and their partners can get the answers they need in a flash,without sacrificing the breadth and accuracy of the original book. Plus, this edition adds a planner component, for scheduling nursing sessions, pump rentals and pumping sessions, weight and wellness checks, anticipated dates for weaning, and more. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully. This up-to-date book covers: Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk How to cope with breastfeeding obstacles and challenges Managing pumping and nursing when you return to work New-mom care for the postpartum period Introducing solid foods How to choose a breast pump Deciding when to wean-and how to do it

Play and Learn With Your Baby Simple Activities with Amazing Benefits

Play and Learn With Your Baby Simple Activities with Amazing Benefits

Author: DK, Nigel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Are you keen to give your baby the very best start in life and make every moment that you have together count? Based on The Baby Club, the ground-breaking CBeebies show, Play & Learn With Your Baby is packed with bite-sized activities that you can enjoy with your baby - explore everyday objects, have fun talking, singing, telling stories, then mellowing out. Discover the psychology and child development theory that underpins every activity, and how you can apply those principles to everything you do with your baby - at nappy time, bath time, in the park, and on the bus. Bringing discovery, songs and stories to your daily activities with your little one is simple, but transformative for your baby's developing language skills, motor skills, emotional development, and more. Now everyone is invited to a baby club - anytime, anywhere.

Early An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human

Early An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human

Author: Sarah DiGregorio Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Inspired by Sarah DiGregorio's harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, Early is a compelling and empathetic blend of memoir and rigorous reporting that tells the story of neonatology - and explores the questions raised by premature birth. The heart of many hospitals is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is a place where humanity, ethics, and science collide in dramatic and deeply personal ways as parents, doctors, and nurses grapple with sometimes unanswerable questions: When does life begin? When and how should life end? And what does it mean to be human? The NICU is a place made of stories - the stories of mothers and babies who spend days, weeks and even months waiting to go home, and the dedicated clinicians who care for these tiny, developing humans. Early explores these stories, as well as the evolution of neonatology and its breakthroughs - how modern medicine can be successful at saving infants at five and a half months gestation who weigh less than a pound, when only a few decades ago there were essentially no treatments for premature babies. For the first time, Sarah DiGregorio tells the complete story of this science - and the many people it has touched. Weaving her own experiences, those of other parents, and NICU clinicians with deeply researched reporting, Early delves deep into the history and future of neonatology, one of the most boundary pushing medical disciplines: how it came to be, how it is evolving, and the political, cultural, and ethical issues that continue to arise in the face of dramatic scientific developments. Eye-opening and vital, Early uses premature birth as a lens to view our own humanity, and the humanity of those around us.

Mindful Pregnancy Meditation, Yoga, Hypnobirthing, Natural Remedies, and Nutrition - Trimester by Trimester

Mindful Pregnancy Meditation, Yoga, Hypnobirthing, Natural Remedies, and Nutrition - Trimester by Trimester

Author: Tracy Donegan Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Enjoy a natural, positive, stress-free pregnancy. Trimester by trimester, this beautiful book gives you safe yoga, meditation, natural remedies, nutrition, and hypnobirthing techniques to match your stage of pregnancy. Encouraging, practical advice will help you to understand your body, relish your pregnancy, and bond with your growing baby. Troubleshoot pregnancy aches and pains with appropriate exercises, quell morning sickness with natural remedies and food, bond with your baby through meditation and movement, and prepare your body and mind safely and healthily for childbirth using strengthening exercises and hypnobirthing techniques. Feel empowered to nurture and give birth to your baby with strength and confidence, and embrace your life as a new mum.

After the First Six Weeks

After the First Six Weeks

Author: Midwife Cath Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Midwife Cath has delivered more than 10,000 babies over the last 40 years, but her care of mothers and babies doesn't end when they leave the hospital. She strongly believes that all families need ongoing support, particularly in their first crucial year of parenting. After the First Six Weeks is a follow-up to Midwife Cath's bestselling book The First Six Weeks. Week six is a major milestone for both babies and parents, and this comprehensive guidebook will provide a roadmap to 'what's next'-starting at six weeks and taking you through to the end of the first 12 months. Midwife Cath covers all the joys and challenges of your child's first year at home, focusing on such issues as breast and bottle feeding; the introduction of solids; sleep; growth and development; the importance of play; safety; and her Bath Bottle Bed (BBB) routine and how it evolves over these 12 months. Midwife Cath's invaluable experience and wisdom will help you establish routines that will ensure a healthier, happier baby and better-rested, more confident parents.

Early An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human

Early An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human

Author: Sarah DiGregorio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Inspired by Sarah DiGregorio's harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, Early is a compelling and empathetic blend of memoir and rigorous reporting that tells the story of neonatology - and explores the questions raised by premature birth. The heart of many hospitals is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is a place where humanity, ethics, and science collide in dramatic and deeply personal ways as parents, doctors, and nurses grapple with sometimes unanswerable questions: When does life begin? When and how should life end? And what does it mean to be human? The NICU is a place made of stories - the stories of mothers and babies who spend days, weeks and even months waiting to go home, and the dedicated clinicians who care for these tiny, developing humans. Early explores these stories, as well as the evolution of neonatology and its breakthroughs - how modern medicine can be successful at saving infants at five and a half months gestation who weigh less than a pound, when only a few decades ago there were essentially no treatments for premature babies. For the first time, Sarah DiGregorio tells the complete story of this science - and the many people it has touched. Weaving her own experiences, those of other parents, and NICU clinicians with deeply researched reporting, Early delves deep into the history and future of neonatology, one of the most boundary pushing medical disciplines: how it came to be, how it is evolving, and the political, cultural, and ethical issues that continue to arise in the face of dramatic scientific developments. Eye-opening and vital, Early uses premature birth as a lens to view our own humanity, and the humanity of those around us.

Early An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human

Early An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human

Author: Sarah DiGregorio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Inspired by Sarah DiGregorio's harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, Early is a compelling and empathetic blend of memoir and rigorous reporting that tells the story of neonatology - and explores the questions raised by premature birth. The heart of many hospitals is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is a place where humanity, ethics, and science collide in dramatic and deeply personal ways as parents, doctors, and nurses grapple with sometimes unanswerable questions: When does life begin? When and how should life end? And what does it mean to be human? The NICU is a place made of stories - the stories of mothers and babies who spend days, weeks and even months waiting to go home, and the dedicated clinicians who care for these tiny, developing humans. Early explores these stories, as well as the evolution of neonatology and its breakthroughs - how modern medicine can be successful at saving infants at five and a half months gestation who weigh less than a pound, when only a few decades ago there were essentially no treatments for premature babies. For the first time, Sarah DiGregorio tells the complete story of this science - and the many people it has touched. Weaving her own experiences, those of other parents, and NICU clinicians with deeply researched reporting, Early delves deep into the history and future of neonatology, one of the most boundary pushing medical disciplines: how it came to be, how it is evolving, and the political, cultural, and ethical issues that continue to arise in the face of dramatic scientific developments. Eye-opening and vital, Early uses premature birth as a lens to view our own humanity, and the humanity of those around us.

Weaning Made Simple

Weaning Made Simple

Author: Annabel Karmel Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

The comprehensive weaning companion from the UK's no. 1 children's cookery author and weaning expert, Annabel Karmel. When is my baby ready for first foods? Which foods should I try first? How do I introduce the critical nutrients? What do I need to know about allergies? Leading baby and toddler expert Annabel Karmel is here to guide you through all the unknowns and make weaning easy, achievable and fun. Packed with all the up-to-date guidance you need and a hundred delicious, nutrient-rich recipes, Weaning Made Simple takes all the complicated information and breaks it down into bite-sized, digestible chunks. Annabel has worked with a leading children's dietitian to make sure all the information is completely up to date and reliable, covering everything from supplements and allergies to catering for vegetarian or vegan diets. With a bright, bold design that's packed with infographics, charts, illustrations and photography, the book is easy to dip in and out of whenever you need it. The recipes are organised by age group so you'll know how to cater for first tastes, second-stage weaning and beyond. There are also sample meal planners for each stage so you can easily plan ahead. Annabel shows you how to prepare the best foods so they are the right shape and size for baby-led weaning, how to make tasty no-cook purees, how to pair ingredients to make the most from the nutrients, and so much more.

The Essential Book of Gut Health Before, During and After Pregnancy

The Essential Book of Gut Health Before, During and After Pregnancy

Author: Shann Nix Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2020

Your gut health has a massive impact on your baby's health. This book explains how to achieve excellent gut health to improve fertility and pregnancy, and give your baby the best start in life. Did you know that drinking kefir, a fermented drink high in probiotics, can reduce your baby's chances of developing eczema by 40%? Or that having a leaky gut can cause pre-term births? Shann Nix Jones is the pioneering gut health expert known for her award-winning goat's milk kefir, which is part of the Royal College of Obstetricians 'Mum Plus One' initiative and featured in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's authorised book Our Royal Baby. New research has shown that drinking kefir and improving your gut health with probiotics reduces your baby's chances of developing allergies, obesity and auto-immune diseases later in life, supports fertility - for men and women - and improves the quality of breastmilk. In this book, Shann distils the essential information that every mother should know to ensure a healthy pregnancy, from conception to birth and beyond.

The Birth Partner's Quick Reference Guide and Planner Essential Labor and Childbirth Information for a New Mother's Partner and Helpers

The Birth Partner's Quick Reference Guide and Planner Essential Labor and Childbirth Information for a New Mother's Partner and Helpers

Author: Penny Simkin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2020

This is a shorter version of the classic bestseller The Birth Partner, ideal for time-pressed parents, partners, and birthing professionals. It is a convenient and easy-to-use book that provides facts on the fly during the ultra-busy period before, during, and after labor and birth. An added planner keeps your plans and to-dos in one place. Generations of spouses and partners, as well as doulas, nurses, midwives, and other professionals, have relied on Penny Simkin's warm and wise guidance in caring for the new mother, from the last trimester through the early postpartum period. Her book The Birth Partner is the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth, and The Birth Partner's Quick Reference Guide and Planner is a more-concise version of that book. For those who have the original book, it adds a planner component, for hospital or at-home birth plans and for other essential to-dos. It is full of reliable and up-to-date information on: Preparing for labor and for the new baby Ways to help a woman through each stage of labor and birth Pain-relief measures, including epidurals and medications as well as natural techniques Ways to induce or speed up labor Cesarean birth and complications that may require it Breastfeeding and newborn care and much more For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this is the essential book to have on hand.

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse Through Pregnancy and Childbirth A Guide for Midwives, Doulas and Other Healthcare Professionals

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse Through Pregnancy and Childbirth A Guide for Midwives, Doulas and Other Healthcare Professionals

Author: Kicki Hansard, Penny Simkin, Phyllis Klaus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2020

With statistics showing that 1 in 5 women have experienced some form of sexual abuse, it is likely that all birth professionals will support a survivor of such abuse at some point during their career. This book provides practical advice for those supporting these women throughout their pregnancy, labour, and postnatal periods. The impact of past sexual abuse on women during these periods is often underestimated, and this book shows the need for greater compassion and understanding in maternity services regarding this issue. Drawing on a vast range of research and expertise, this book includes details on the identifiable behaviours of survivors, how to respond when someone says they are a survivor, positive stories, and appropriate language to use. This book is for any care provider who wants to help pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period become a healing experience for those carrying trauma, and to support these survivors with compassion, respect and kindness.