In recent years, the importance of preconception health care and preparation has become more widely recognized. In Healthy Parents, Better Babies, authors Francesca Naish and Janette Roberts present a strong case for creating "better" babies by encouraging parents to rigorously and proactively improve their health through nutrition and supplements, exercise, and stress control. Naish, a naturopath, herbalist, and hypnotherapist who runs a natural fertility clinic in Australia, and Roberts, a clinical nutritionist, combine forces to instruct potential parents (yes, dads, too!) on ways to detoxify their bodies, clean up their local environment, and improve their reproductive health. At least four months before conception is attempted, the authors stress, potential parents should focus on their health. Healthy Parents, Better Babies occasionally resorts to scare tactics. The authors describe, for instance, a healthy child born to parents who followed their preconception plan and then contrast that story with the story of a woman who did not detoxify her body, suffered a terrible pregnancy and birth, and whose child suffered from colic, irritability, bad skin, allergies, bed wetting, and learning disabilities as a result. Beyond the sometimes heavy-handed message, however, is an invaluable guide to nutrients, herbs, and a super-healthy diet. --Ericka Lutz
Francesca Naish is a British trained naturopath and herbalist who founded the successful Natural Fertility Management Clinic in Australia. She also runs courses for doctors and practitioners. Janette Roberts is a pharmacist and nutritionist and the Australian representative of Foresight, the British association famous for its work in promoting preconception health care. She has recently founded one of Australia's first Wellness Centres. They are authors of 'Healthy Lifestyle, Better Pregnancy', 'Healthy Body, Better Birthing' and 'Healthy Mother, Better Breastfeeding'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I would only recommend this book for people who are already very "crunchy." Large portions of the book are dedicated to herbal remedies, acupressure, detoxification of... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003
I found this book to be an excellent resource to use while preparing for conception. Most of all, I found the dietary information to be very valuable. Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by C. Sahlas
We may not be perfect candidates for this book, but all I can say is, we adopted many of the guidelines (especially diet and timing ovulation) and got pregnant on our first try! Read morePublished on March 7 2002
I was actually very disappointed with this book. I didn't realize that there would be such an Australian slant and that they would not give me in depth information about common US... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2000
Others may say "just do it" but after reading this book I've learnt that with a little planning I can ensure that I have fewer problems during my pregnancy and ensure the... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 1999
Hi desperate, I got "the natural way to Better Babies" from Angus and Robertson, Sydney. It cost 24.95. The publisher is Random House, Milsons Pt, Sydney. Read morePublished on April 9 1999