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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 Gentle Potty Training Book

The Gentle Potty Training Book

Author: Sarah Ockwell-Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2021

'A practical guide to helping your child through one of the most important developmental stages of early childhood' - Green Parent Book of the Month Gurgle's Honest Read for December How to make potty training stress free for you and your child The Gentle Potty Training Book is a practical guide to helping your child through one of the most important developmental stages of early childhood. Avoiding strict timelines, rewards and plans that are based solely on a child's gender, Sarah Ockwell-Smith advocates an approach that is based on your child's unique developmental stage - because the gentlest, easiest and most effective potty training happens when you work with your child as a team. Sarah's advice includes: * Recognising the physical and emotional signs that your child is ready * How to talk to your child about potty training and prepare them emotionally * What you need to get started - the practicalities * How to respond to accidents and setbacks * Potty training your child when you're in full-time work or co-parenting * The when and how of night-time potty training * What to do after previous false starts Comprehensive, practical and realistic, Sarah's advice will give you the necessary understanding and confidence to make potty training a smooth process for you and your child.

The Start Right Baby and Toddler Meal Plan

The Start Right Baby and Toddler Meal Plan

Author: Catherine Atkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2021

Who's Having This Baby?

Who's Having This Baby?

Author: Helen M. Sterk, Krista Ratcliffe, Carla H. Hay, Alice B. Kehoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2021

Drawing on a richly diverse collection of more than 130 interviews, this book brings to life the nagging question of just who is having this baby, anyway? Though the birthing process is framed and handled differently from country to country, even from region to region, the prevailing norm situates birth in hospitals, managed by doctors and nurses who rely on a variety of technologies to assist them. Medical institutions, rather than women, control the birth experience. In this book five authors use multidisciplinary approaches to examine verbal birthing narratives. A rhetorician investigates power relations among all people involved in the birthing process. A historian exposes the history of how women's bodies have been viewed and scripted according to the logic of an assembly line. In its conclusion, this work argues that women should become active participants in their own birthing experiences, and that care-giving systems should change to accommodate women during birth.

How to Wean Your Baby

How to Wean Your Baby

Author: Charlotte Stirling-Reed Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2021

'Charlotte gave me the confidence and knowledge to love every single step of the weaning journey' Joe Wicks 'Charlotte really is a font of knowledge when it comes to weaning.' Jools Oliver 'We've loved Charlotte's approach to weaning. Skye loves her food and we are so grateful for that!' Ella Mills The easy weaning plan to ensure your baby becomes a happy and adventurous little eater. In this beautiful, full-colour book, expert nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed reveals her renowned method that has helped thousands of parents wean their babies confidently. Based on a vegetable first approach, the perfect way to develop healthy eating habits and to tackle fussy eating before it begins, you'll be hand-held through the first 30 days of weaning as well as given lots of delicious recipes all the family can enjoy. Packed with tried and tested tips, as well as the latest evidence-based guidance, How to Wean Your Baby will fully equip and empower you to take this exciting next step.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

Author: Paul Quinn Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2021

Pregnant teens have three options-abortion, adoption, or keeping the baby-and each comes with its own challenges and issues. Teen pregnancy can have an enormous impact on adolescents, their families, and society. What options are available to teens? What resources are available, and what rights and responsibilities do the pregnant teen, the father, and the teen's parents have? Do pregnancy and birth pose unique health risks for mother and child? How does being born to a teen mother affect a child's health and future? Part of Greenwood's Q&A Health Guides series, Teen Pregnancy: Your Questions Answered follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readerS' needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. Each book in the series also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet-important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making. Makes the subject approachable and accessible to readers through a simple Q&A format Helps readers to improve their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy section Provides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studies Dispels popular misconceptions surrounding teen pregnancy in a Common Myths section and points readers toward accurate information

High Risk

High Risk

Author: Chavi Eve, MD Karkowsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2021

My work offers a window into the darkest and lightest corners of people's lives, into the extremes of human experience, writes Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky in High Risk, her timely and unflinching account of working in maternal-fetal medicine-that branch of medicine that concerns high-risk pregnancies. Whether offering insight into the rise in home births, the alarming rise in America's maternal mortality rate, or the history of involuntary sterilization, Karkowsky offers a window into all that pregnancy, labor, and birth can entail-birth and joy, but also challenge and loss-illustrating the complexity of reproductive life and the systems that surround it. With historical insight and journalistic verve, Karkowsky unpacks what is involved for women, for a family, and for us as a society; and explores what's at risk when these aspects of medicine remain clouded in mystery and misinformation.

The Breastfeeding Cafe

The Breastfeeding Cafe

Author: Barbara L. Behrmann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Author: Nina Barrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

There's no shortage of 'expert' advise for the new mother: books, doctors, and well meaning grandmothers liberally give opinions on what you should be doing and how you should be feeling. But I Wish Someone Had Told Me is not a book of shoulds: it is a book about how women really handle the joys, the challenges and the problems of being a mother. During the course of her interviews with more than sixty new mums, Nina Barrett made an important discovery. No one knows the secret: we are all putting our motherhood together from scratch. This collection of tales from the front addresses universal topics from labour (yes, it hurts), to marriage (babies may create strain rather than bond), to child minding (there is no Mary Poppins), to everyday life with a baby (what exactly does a new-born do?).

Helping Babies Help Themselves

Helping Babies Help Themselves

Author: Vickie Meade, Janette Heath Osborne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Written by two highly experienced pediatric physiotherapists, Helping Babies Help Themselves is necessary reading for all first-time parents. It explains in straightforward terms how babies express their feelings and demonstrate their physical needs at different developmental stages, through their facial expressions, noises and the way they move. Parents can use this book to focus on the subtle elements that make each baby's motor skill development unique. Understanding and anticipating each challenge will guide parents to give their infant just the right help when it is needed. Life-like illustrations of infant movement beautifully depict the child's developing muscle strength. Quick tips, key points and frequently asked questions provide clear and simple advice from ways to wrap and help babies settle, to where to place your hands to guide and assist them to move. With this essential resource, parents will feel supported in helping their babies achieve their physical potential, developing their strength and confidence from newborn infants to when they pull to stand.

Birthing a Better Way

Birthing a Better Way

Author: Kalena Cook, Margaret Christensen, Christaine Northrup Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Birthing a Better Way: 12 Secrets for Natural Childbirth presents a fresh, proactive, and positive approach to why you may want to consider the safest and most satisfying kind of birth-natural childbirth-especially in these times of overused medical interventions. Kalena Cook, a mother who experienced natural childbirth, and Margaret Christensen, M.D., a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, have written this much-needed book for expectant mothers and their caregivers, imparting proven safe or evidence-based information with compelling narratives. Think of What to Expect in Natural Childbirth meets Chicken Soup for the Natural Birthing Soul! Unlike other books that overwhelm with data, Birthing a Better Way simplifies the best key points. Going beyond actual birth accounts, the authors reveal 12 Secrets which bring confidence in the normal process of birth and inspire you to believe in what your body is beautifully designed to do-a far cry from what is portrayed in the media or from some fear-based conventional medical practices. More than fifty powerful testimonials include healthy mainstream women who answer why they chose natural birth (instead of Pitocin, inductions, epidurals and C-sections), what it was like, and even how it compared to a medicated birth. Six physicians share why they birthed their own children naturally, and not in the hospital. Through Birthing a Better Way, choose whether you want a doctor or a midwife and decide where to birth: in a hospital, birth center, or at home. Get informed about the variety of births such as waterbirths, breech birth, twins, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), and using hypnosis. Find out about ways to avoid Pitocin, an induction, or an unnecessary C-section. Discover what is in an epidural and its effects. Know what safe comfort measures truly work and how to overcome fear. Learn what you need to know about ultrasound and nutrition. Approach natural childbirth with a mind-body-spirit stance to strengthen your commitment.

Epilepsy and Pregnancy

Epilepsy and Pregnancy

Author: Stacey Chillemi, Blanca Vazquez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Epilepsy; of these, more than one million are women of child-bearing age. With concerns about everything from medication-related birth defects to falls during seizures, many of these women are fearful of having children. The good news is that, with proper prenatal care, more than 90% will deliver healthy babies. Epilepsy and Pregnancy gives readers the basic facts they need to help them make medical decisions throughout preconception, pregnancy, labour, delivery and the early days after childbirth. Topics include preconception, fertility, pregnancy risks, risks to the fetus, nutrition, keeping fit, what to expect during pregnancy, fetal development and labour and delivery. In addition, the book includes guidelines for the use of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy, recommendations and questions to ask their Neurologist, recommended daily allowances by age group, glossary and much more. Epilepsy and Pregnancy is an essential guide for any woman who suffers from Epilepsy and desires to have a child.

Mind Body Baby

Mind Body Baby

Author: Ann Bracken Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2021

Hospital visits, calendar watching, disheartening test results and scheduled sex can make trying for a baby a stressful experience, and the strain it puts on couples and individuals struggling with infertility can impact hugely on the likelihood of successful conception. With an approach that puts wellbeing at the heart of fertility, this easy-to-follow guide by top fertility specialist Ann Bracken offers a proven successful alternative to formal counselling. Her comprehensive and supportive book gives help and guidance on how to enhance and improve the outcome. With a focus on mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, which have been scientifically proven to help overcome the stress and anxiety associated with fertility problems, the author examines the emotional issues around fertility and conception and offers step-by-step exercises to help readers improve their chances of conceiving. With a whole chapter on nutrition by renowned nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville, the integrated mind/body approach in this book offers a plan for the best possible chance of getting pregnant. Offering the perfect blend of emotional support and practical advice on lifestyle changes for infertility this is a must-have book for every couple hoping to get pregnant, written by an expert author with years of experience as a Fertility Counsellor and Mindfulness-Based Therapist. 'After 20 years of supporting fertility patients I am convinced that an integrated mind-body approach delivers the best outcome. Ann Bracken has a practical and compassionate approach, as demonstrated in her brilliant new book. It is a much-needed antidote to the all-too-often stressful and soul-searching path to parenthood. I will be recommending it to my fertility patients' Emma Cannon, integrated fertility and pregnancy expert, acupuncturist and author of The Baby-Making Bible 'All too often the management of reproductive health is seen through the narrow prism of a particular clinician or clinic. This book provides the perfect balance outlining the integrative mind and body approach and provides an essential complement to the medical aspects of the fertility journey' Dr James Nicopoullos, Consultant Gynaecologist & Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine, The Lister Clinic, Lister Hospital, Chelsea, London 'Ann Bracken expertly shows readers how to weave mindfulness into their lives to help them take care of their wellbeing as they live through a challenging process. Her book includes a great deal else besides, but I was impressed by how she makes mindfulness so readily accessible.' Padraig O'Morain, mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist, author of Mindfulness on the Go, Mindfulness for Worriers