"An extraordinarily helpful book based on Dr. Peebles' years of clinical practice where he listened and responded to parents' questions and concerns. Rich in detail and range of topics, it offers advice which is practical, sensitive, and direct." -- Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. Author, Researcher, and Clinical Professor Of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science, and Pediatrics at The George Washington School of Medicine, pre-publication review
"I think it's a delight." [It] "is direct and easy to read. It's aimed at both parents and gives them easy access to what they can do for their child." -- T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Children's Hospital, Boston, Harvard School of Medicine, pre-publication review
"Thank you so much for sharing [it] with us. You address so many important issues. We especially enjoyed the parts where you address The Intruder Complex and the father's reactions to this whole introduction to parenting. It's a truly wonderful book...and a book one can't find. Most books available seem to only address the mother's nutritional needs, symptoms of pregnancy, etc. Your book is truly unique and we appreciate your thoughtfulness." -- Nellie and David Allnutt [Seattle, WA], the first first-time pregnant couple to read the proofs of this book, pre-publication review
"Thank you. It is an outstanding contribution. It provides the insights and advice that enables parents to support their child by learning how to deal with the challenges that child rearing poses to all who take on this wondrous responsibility." -- Philip A. Pizzo, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Physician-In-Chief, Children's Hospital, Boston, Harvard School of Medicine, pre-publication review
"There are messages [here] that certainly deserve to be seen by as many parents as possible." -- The late Frank A. Oski, M.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, pre-publication review
"This book is must reading for professionals as well as parents. Your mix of experience and theoretical knowledge is blended beautifully to present some of the important affective issues that are omitted in our medical training. This book allows parents to have feelings and to know that what they are feeling is developmentally normal." -- Larrie W. Greenberg, M.D., Director, Office of Medical Education, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. , pre-publication review
From the Publisher
"Oh, My Gosh, We're Pregnant!" (and the series) approaches early child-care from a new perspective that we believe serves as an essential addition to the current literature. Dr. Peebles' novel perspective of treating the continuum of pregnancy, birth, and parenting as a joint rite of passage for all the individuals involved has earned him the accolades of some of the most well-respected leaders in the industry.
Bringing to bear his considerable scientific knowledge and personal experience as a well-respected Washington, D.C. pediatrician, Dr. Peebles addresses the cultural aspects and trials of bringing a new person into the world. He treats "The Miraculous Rite" as a process rather than a singular event. While he handles the vital issues centering around the health of the baby, he is the first author to additionally address the emotional growth of both parents in this life-long process of child-rearing. Thinking in these terms allows the reader to recognize the fact that the process is a communal one, rather than merely an individual one. All people are affected in interesting and new ways, from the baby on up to distant relatives and overzealous neighbors.
One result of this approach is that Dr. Peebles manages to consider the psychological issues facing fathers as much as mothers and babies in ways that are ordinarily unaddressed in other baby-care books. Dr. Peebles' emphasis on fathers is driven home humorously and succinctly in the very title of his book, which reveals his philosophy from the start-- to better understand pregnancy, birth, and parenting we must break out of our cultural predisposition of thinking of the event as one exclusively involving mothers and children. By employing this technique, he provides helpful tools and important knowledge for guiding the entire family through this joyous yet arduous experience.
Aside from these distinguishing characteristics, "Oh, My Gosh, We're Pregnant!" also has one particularly significant added asset for those going through this rite of passage in the harried and hectic life of the 20th and 21st centuries. IT IS ACTUALLY A THOROUGHLY READABLE BOOK. Dr. Peebles' book revolves around a series of engaging anecdotes that he has gleaned from decades of observation in the office, in classrooms, and in his own role as a father of two children. The reader immediately identifies with and relates to these stories, which makes the book both memorable and highly informative.
In short, we and the experts believe that this book is both highly accessible to the layman and serves a hitherto unfilled gap in the current literature; a niche that needs to be filled. Please take the time to read some excerpts so you too can discover why famous child-care author and pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton avers that "it's a delight," and renowned child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan claims that it is "an extraordinarily helpful book ."
THIS BOOK MAKES A GREAT GIFT!
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