Twins! 2e: Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Life Paperback – Feb 7 2006
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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.
From Library Journal
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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Mothering Multiples was a much better guide for our family.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 11 2004
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 morePublished on July 22 2003 by J. Marchese
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 morePublished on July 5 2003
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 morePublished on May 18 2003
I have been somewhat happy with this book; however, it really focuses on Fraternal Twins as opposed to Identical Twins. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 25 2002 by 4kidsMommee
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 morePublished on Oct. 13 2002
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 morePublished on Sept. 23 2002 by Gregory Nyman
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2002 by S. Avery
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