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Connie Agnew
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Jan. 26 2006
<P>Twins! is a comprehensive guide for all parents preparing for a multiple birth. It is filled with practical advice from specialists who work with expectant mothers and their twins every day.

<P>From the moment the expectant mom knows she's getting more than she expected, Twins! provides complete information on pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience:

  • Your relationship with your practitioner
  • Pre-pregnancy planning
  • Fetal and embryonic development
  • Healthy weight gain for expectant mothers
<P>Once the babies are born, Twins! sees the whole family through the exciting and challenging first year, examining such issues as:

  • Sleeping and feeding schedules
  • Your babies as individuals
  • Redefining the family and supporting the needs of other children
  • Survival tips for extra-busy parents
  • Insightful roundtable discussions with other parents of twins
<P>New in this second edition:

  • Complimentary medical practices, including acupuncture, supplements and herbs—as well as current safety guidelines for the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • 3-D ultrasound images of developing twins
  • What parents need to know about immunizations and their safety
  • An up-to-date resource guide to twin-specific organizations, periodicals, and Internet links
  • And much more!
<P>Twins! gives you all the information you need to have a safe and sound twin pregnancy so you can concentrate on the joy of raising happy, healthy children.


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The authors bill it as a "truly epic journey": the voyage from pregnancy through a lifetime of parenting twins. Perinatologists Connie L. Agnew, M.D., and Alan H. Klein, M.D. (also a pediatrician) incorporate a winning combination of helpful facts, educated opinion, and candid roundtable discussions--a combination that nicely maps the journey's first course for expectant parents of multiples.

Those readers familiar with the ever-popular What to Expect When You're Expecting--a mainstay for first-time parents--will be delighted to see a similar format employed here. The pregnancy and birth chapters break down into chunks of gestational weeks, outlining basic fetal development, mom's changing body, and special "transitional" issues common to each trimester. These chapters are further enhanced by pencil illustrations of the mother's pregnant body (with a peekaboo view of the developing twins) and roundtable discussions involving the authors and a panel of twins' parents.

The book's second half delves into getting through that first, tough year. While ample information on labor and delivery overlaps both halves of the book, this second section spends more time focused on the growing babies and the challenges new parents face in their relationships with their children and with each other. Again, the roundtable discussions prove quite valuable; it's always nice to read encouraging words from those who have lived through preterm delivery, sleep deprivation, and older sibling regression. Growth charts and a helpful resource guide of organizations, periodicals, and retail outlets round out the package. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the United States, twin births have increased by 42 percent since 1980, spurred by the increasing use of fertility treatments and the advancing age of many mothers. Agnew, a perinatologist and leading specialist in the delivery of high-risk infants, and Klein, a specialist in high-risk infant care, have written one of the first books on twins by medical professionals. In conversational style, the authors cover comprehensively pregnancy, birth, the postpartum experience, and the first year of life. Interviews with parents of twins lend a fascinating insight to the topics discussed. Also particularly helpful are the detailed descriptions of the type of medical care necessary during pregnancy and the babies' first year and the resource guide at the back of the book. This excellent resource is recommended for all collections.?Stacey Hathaway, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I bought this book for my daughter, who, having a tragic miscarriage several months ago, just found out she was pregnant with twins. We all were so incredibly happy, so my husband and I went right out to get her some books about twins. I started skimming the book on the way home. My first reaction was how much "gloom and doom" was in this book. Maybe with our first experience with the miscarriage, we were ultra sensitive to risks and uncertainty, but I for one found all the negative information very unsettling. I gave the book to my daughter just the same so she could judge it for herself. The beginning was extremely scientific and hard to wade through. To make a long story short, my daughter gave me the book back and asked me to return it to the bookstore, which I did. (...)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough, but also too much! March 15 2009
I read this book in its entirety, and am disappointed with the lack of useful knowledge. There is a LOT of knowledge, don't' get me wrong, but we found very little of it actually useful. More importantly, I was upset with the little information on breastfeeding twins. The normal way to feed a baby should have more info about it in a book about twins!!

Mothering Multiples was a much better guide for our family.
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I was extremely disappointed in this book and am not sure why so many people gave it such high praise. If you haven't read any other books about pregnancy, birth, or infants I suppose this book provides some good general background. However, I was looking for more in-depth discussions of how twins specifically develop during pregnancy and in their first year, how they relate to each other, and how I can better meet their needs and help them to thrive. Instead I found a lot of general comments such as, " will need to decide whether or not you want to put your twins in two cribs, or co-sleep them in one." Obviously I will have to make this decision, but the book offers absolutely no perspective on how to decide, the benefits of each arrangement, etc. Again this book provides decent general perspective on babies, but it simply takes the basic information one finds in other, more thorough, books and replaces the word "baby" with the plural "babies" - offering little or no insight into the deeper challenges and decisions involved in parenting twins. In addition, I found the round table discussions somewhat difficult to follow and not terribly helpful. I do not recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough detail Dec 30 2001
I received this book as a gift, and have also read two other twins books in preparation for our pending arrivals. This book had the least useful information, several typographical errors and I found at least one outright factual error (of a pharmaceutical nature). My biggest complaint with this book is that the authors present topics prospective parents will have to "make a decision about" but fail to present pro and con arguments to assist the reader in making any such informed decision; the reader must pursue this information "somewhere". There are not even any helpful starting points presented. Frankly, if you are expecting multiples, who has the time? (That's why we read the book)! This aspect was very frustrating to us. If you just want the barest outline of what you will need to consider at every stage of the twin pregnancy process, and don't mind doing your own legwork to research the answers, buy the book; however, we believe that money spent on such a book should have provided at least some of this information! The one saving grace were the "panel discussions" with actual parents of multiples, although many of the questions were repetetive, and others involved pregnancy in general, rather than dealing specifically with twins & multiples issues, which after all, IS the name of the book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for pregnancy and beyond Jan. 29 2000
I am currently 28 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins and this book has been a great help to me. The book's monthly sections on fetal and maternal progress are missing from many twins books, and are a god-send to anyone expecting twins or more. I especially appreciate the sections on how to make your other children comfortable with the idea of new babies during your pregnancy, and how to include them in your new family structure post-partum.
The only problems I have with this book are pretty minor. I would've appreciated longer, more detailed sections on pregnancy itself and less of the forum discussions by parents of twins. Although interesting, the forum discussions are far less useful to me than hard facts. Also, for a book on twins, there is a real lack of information on the possible complications a mother of twins may face during her pregnancy. When I suffered an abruption of the placenta 3 weeks ago, it was not this book that helped me one bit, but my old standard What to Expect When You're Expecting. I really feel this book could be improved by a section on pregnancy complications.
For anyone who is expecting twins, I would definitely suggest you purchase this book. I would also recommend that you buy a good book on high risk pregnancies as well.
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At last! A book that I can recommend to the hundreds of couples who are hungry for information about the special pregnancy they are going though. This is a positive, well written book that parents will turn to again and again. The Elizabeth Noble book is scary and so negative. This easy to read book is not only a joy to read from cover to cover, but also well indexed so parents can go directly to the chapters they need. Most parents expecting twins cannot find material,let alone information that is both practical and up to date. I publish childrens books for families of multiples and receive up to 30 calls a day which mostly consist of Moms and Dads in shock over the news that they are having twins or more! This book fills an important need and I am happy to send my customers to buy it. What a great shower gift and along with the authors 2nd book, "Caring for your Premature Baby," these parents will be fully prepared to be knowledgeable concerning this wonderful time in their lives. I only wish that it had been available when my daughter was expecting her twins. Don't walk,run and get this book,read it and then relax,enjoy this special time. God Bless you all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Book for Twin Pregnancy!!!
I thought this book was the best to show you what to expect during your twin pregnancy. It breaks it down week by week just like the What To Expect When You're Expecting Book. Read more
Published on March 11 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Use as a 2nd Source of Info Only
I am so glad that I didn't just buy this book as a means of sussing out important twin information. Informative, yes, but there were many points left out & a lot of silly... Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by J. Marchese
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for first time parents...
I concur with another reviewer. I have two other children and need much more specific details regarding the in utero development of twins, how to manage my prenatal diet... Read more
Published on July 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, really comprehensive
I've read this book , after my wife finished reading it. I thought it was very informative, and gave us lots of information, so that together we were able to discuss whatever we... Read more
Published on May 18 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Fraternal Twin focused
I have been somewhat happy with this book; however, it really focuses on Fraternal Twins as opposed to Identical Twins. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Provides an excellent foundation of information
I would recommend this book to everyone expecting twins. It is the book my husband and I consistently refer to when we have general questions about our boy/girl twins; and this... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2002 by 4kidsMommee
5.0 out of 5 stars Our constant companion!
As you can imagine, we're pretty busy, but I wanted to say how great this book has been. I mean it HAS been a constant companion, since an hour after we learned we were having... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Helpful
There aren't many books on the market on twins, especially as it relates to all the details (what to expect; what the mother is going through; how the babies are growing; advice... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by Gregory Nyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, practical info. for pregnancy and first year of twins
I found myself reading and rereading this book because it takes you month by month through everything - what is happening during each month of pregnancy and the twins after they're... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by S. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
When you are preparing to become a parent of twins, your world is turned upside down. We picked up this book in my wife's second month - on the advice of friends who loved it -... Read more
Published on July 31 2002
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