From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent Paperback – May 22 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Neither Odes nor Morris is a doctor, but as eager authors and recent mothers themselves, they aim, in this chick-friendly guide, to dish out Internet-accessible information and you-go-girl supportive advice. Their approach is to consider the authorities with a mere grain of salt, while seeking a supportive environment in which to nurture one's pregnancy and child-rearing. And while sorting through the opinions along the way, from choosing a health-care provider, coping with loss, birthing strategies, breastfeeding and sex, and baby-care basics, among other topics, the authors provide on most pages plentiful belly-shaped bubbles containing lively quotes from "anonymoms." Hear the mothers from the trenches express what they really feel, from one mom who enthuses, "The belly—I loved everything about it, and it makes people—strangers, even—feel enthralled with you") to the sadly modern refrain of another, "Sometimes I bury myself in work so I don't feel the sadness, fatigue and stress of having the baby waiting for me at home." The authors' are upbeat and well informed, and their useful back-of-the-book references address sensitive specific needs such as adoption and surrogacy, teen and older parents, and breastfeeding controversies. (May)
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“Incredibly important reading for anyone about to have a baby…From the Hips gives you what you need to make informed decisions, shares experiences from other parents that will make you laugh, and reveals many of the secrets our mothers didn't tell us.”
–Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee Moms and Wannabe Dads
“What every new parent needs–a ton of expert advice, presented with humor and zero negativity, from two moms who instantly feel like your best friends. This is the one pregnancy guide that new parents will actually want to read."
–Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of Mommy Wars and The Washington Post's online work/family column, “On Balance”
“From The Hips is a deeply refreshing, honest look at the profound changes we undergo during pregnancy and beyond. Ceridwen and Rebecca unabashedly go into areas that other guides shy away from, offering support to every kind of prospective mother. Being pregnant and having a child is alternately the most beautiful, complex, difficult, rewarding experience a woman can imagine. This book gives it straight and from all sides, without judgment, and with irreverent humor and candor from its authors.”
“Supportive, positive, real, and rarely preachy…Finally a reference guide for parents that treats us like we have brains.”
- Bust Magazine
The honest talk about epidurals and C-sections, including anonymous quotes from moms, is must-read info for anyone planning a hospital birth. In fact, the book is full of frank advice about most of today's biggest hurdles for pregnant women, from going back to work to breastfeeding in public... At every step, it addresses not just what you'll be going through physically, but what you and your partner might be addressing emotionally, too. Cheers to this realistic take on the lifestyle change that is pregnancy and parenthood.
- Pregnancy Magazine
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On the plus side, if you ignore all the "anonymom" quotes and the over-emphasis on the negatives, the information is worthwhile and fairly comprehensive. As well, it's not at all preachy, and when they discuss complicated or controversial issues (such as whether to breastfeed or not, circumcision, co-sleeping and so on) they seem fairly neutral, presenting both sides of the story equally.
In summary: if you're pregnant and already experiencing a host of horrible physical and emotional changes, it might be comforting to read about other women going through the same thing to know you're not alone.Read more ›
One loved breastfeeding... another wanted nothing to do with it.... it gives you a bit of everything so you can make your own...informed...decision!
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A refreshing humorous take on pregnancy. Very informative. I like the different style.Published 6 months ago by Lesley
Great book, it has all perspectives so you don't feel like anyone is shoving their point of view down your throat. I'd recommend for sure.Published 13 months ago by Rebecca
this is a really good read. It's filled with pictures and is very easy to understand.Published 14 months ago by Genevieve Joly
This book was ok. It gave a very simple outline of most of the areas of pregnancy and new parenthood. Best suited for a first time mom early in pregnancyPublished on Aug. 7 2013 by Tamara George
I purchased this book about half way through my pregnancy and I love it! It is down to the point and covers all sorts of things like how you are feeling emotionally to physically... Read morePublished on March 14 2012 by Crys72
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