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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (Jan. 20 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073820188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738201887
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 0.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Only 30 minutes old, and a baby stares at her mother's face, then begins maneuvering downward toward mom's nipple. A few days old, and she can track a ball, and "dialogue" with her limbs. Newborns are extraordinary beings, with innate abilities far beyond what is commonly believed. In Your Amazing Newborn, authors Marshall and Phyllis Klaus, renowned experts and authors in the field of newborns (Bonding and Mothering the Mother), combine information gained from decades of research with clear explanations geared toward new parents. The authors begin with the fetus. Through descriptions and ultrasound photography, they discuss the dialogue between mother and fetus and demonstrate the development of touch and hearing. Klaus and Klaus then explore the first minutes of life (the quiet, alert state immediately after birth) and the first few days, including descriptions of the newborn's innate senses and the ability to imitate, reach towards a parent, and enjoy sound and smell. Later chapters focus on adoption, fathering, grandparenting, and sibling responses to a new baby. Enhanced by black-and-white photographs capturing a newborn's remarkable abilities, this beautiful book is for anyone enchanted by babies. For new parents and parents-to-be, it provides insight and useful information about associating with and loving a newborn, and introducing him to the world. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Marshall Klaus, a neonatologist, and Phyllis Klaus, a psychotherapist (coauthors of Bonding and Mothering the Mother), join efforts again to create an insightful book about the newborn. Incorporating information from an earlier collaboration (The Amazing Newborn, 1985), this newest presents the latest research on how babies behave in the first weeks of life. Notably, the Klauses describe new studies?with more than 100 remarkable photographs?indicating the newborn's abilities to reach and, in the right circumstances, to crawl to the mother's breast and begin to nurse without help. Also described are the six states of the newborn's consciousness: quiet alert, active alert, crying, drowsy, quiet sleep and active sleep. The authors underline the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the first moment of life (they warn against loud noise, and suggest that immediate washing after birth removes important chemical signals between infant and mother). A thoughtful chapter on adoption discusses how infants and adoptive parents bond. A wonderful primer for new parents, this attractive volume pays homage to the "mysterious, shifting world of the infant," explaining how and why babies behave the way they do. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on June 10 2002
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This is a wonderful book that demonstrates, just as its title indicates, that newborns are truly amazing beings, with far more cognitive abilities than is generally assumed.
For example, one of those abilities is the capacity to instinctively know how to reach for his or her mother's breast, typically within 45-90 minutes after birth....there are many photographs, some astounding, especially the ultrasound photos)...
I would not have the slightest reservations giving this book as a present to expectant parents or parents of a newborn.
This book was both educational and delightful both for my wife and for me.
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This a great little book for learning about new babies. It is an easy and informative read. It is not too technical or boring, but is appealing for a wide audience. It is encouraging to read about life in the womb, also. I believe that learning about life in the womb should be mandatory information for all expectant mothers. Once more mothers realize that the fetus has a beating heart so early, more of them will decide not to have abortions, I feel. (You have to be pretty cold-hearted, callous, and with a dull conscience to have an abortion once you know what you are really doing, I would say.)

How a person can stop a beating heart by abortion is something I cannot fathom. A wanted baby is called that, a baby. A baby destined for abortion is generally called a fetus. Change the wording of those two sentences and you would get, "I want my fetus." And, "I don't want my baby." Ironic. So forget calling it a fetus, and call it what it is, an unborn baby. Duh.

It is sad to think that so many unborn babies die because of the word, "choice." What a sad "choice," to make--abort an unborn baby that is completely dependent on its mother just so she can have the "choice," of lifestyle, education, or whatever excuse you want to use. Pathetic.

It is refreshing to see that someone actually is willing to acknowledge and write about life in the womb and then continue with the premise that the unborn fetus becomes a newborn. It is mind boggling to me how women have been totally duped into believing the lies that they are oppressed or under some other restrictions because they have bought into the mind-set that they are not "free," unless they have "rights," to "choose," abortion.
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The book is quite interesting, but for the price, I truly think there are more informative books out there. Klaus' book has a chapter dedicated to each sense (vision, hearing, tasting, touch) and a couple more on abilities right after birth. The book focuses on telling you how smart your baby are and the amazing things he is capable of at the time he is born. To that end, it (briefly) describes the studies conducted to discover that newborns have such impressive abilities. I read the books in just a few days, and later on I found the same "bottom-line" information in the other book I'm reading, the America Academy of Pediatrics's "Your baby's first year", including a very interesting information about the baby's states of alertness (active/quite alert, drowsiness, active/quite sleep, crying). So I thought I had wasted money, since the later costs much less. The pictures in Klaus' book are very nice, though.
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While other baby books (e.g., What to Expect...) focus on all the things that can go wrong with a baby and all the practical concerns, which are important, this book offers such a wonderfully different perspective: the title sums it up...it's about how amazing newborns are and all they can do at the moment they are born. I read it just before and again just after my newborn came along and the just-after reading made all the difference in the world: made me see not just how important it all was but how amazing this little person was. I wish more people would read this book; I give it to everyone I know who has a baby.
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I bought this book based on the rave reviews of the beautiful photos and learning what newborns are capable of. I did like most of the photos. However what I found most interesting was learning how the researchers did the studies that led to knowing how the babies think. I have always wondered how they know what scents, sounds, sights, etc. a baby reacts to. It is too basic for anyone who wants an in-depth explanation of the studies, but for a layperson it was very informative to read how some of the studies were done, and amazing to see how such young newborns react.
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