Great Expectations: Your All-In-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth
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Great Expectations: Your All-In-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth

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by Sandy Jones, Marcie Jones Brennan
     
 

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Highly praised by expectant parents and childbirth educators alike, this comprehensive pregnancy reference (704 pages) is specifically designed for today’s hurried moms (and dads) for getting them through pregnancy and early baby care. Numerous navigation aides in the volume help parents to rapidly access critical information.

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Highly praised by expectant parents and childbirth educators alike, this comprehensive pregnancy reference (704 pages) is specifically designed for today’s hurried moms (and dads) for getting them through pregnancy and early baby care. Numerous navigation aides in the volume help parents to rapidly access critical information.

The beautifully-illustrated, Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week section details every body change for both Mom and Baby for nine months with hundreds of timely coping tips. The Managing Your Pregnancy section includes: strategies for planning maternity leave; exercise guidelines; what to eat and what to avoid; safe and unsafe medications; and how to locate the best childcare and pediatricians. The illustrated Baby Gear Guide warns about unsafe products and offers solid, research-based facts for choosing the safest car seats, cribs, soft carriers, baby diapers and clothing. Your Guide to Giving Birth is the most up-to-date labor and birth resource available to parents today.

Based on brand-new medical evidence, it helps families to realistically plan for labor and delivery, including detailed "you are there" descriptions for every major intervention and medication they’re likely to encounter -- such as epidurals, inductions and cesarean sections. You and Your Baby presents a complete guide for the first six months of life after birth.

There's mom-friendly advice for post-birth recovery, and baby-sensitive care strategies for feeding, bathing, diapering, soothing and helping a baby to sleep. The book’s Resource Guide lists over 100 of the best Internet sites for parents. The comprehensive Pregnancy Dictionary translates 200-plus pregnancy and medical terms into easy-to-understand lay language.

"I have this book as well as What to Expect When Expecting, and I find this book to be so much better as it gives a week to week breakdown of what is happening to both mom and baby. I pick up this book each week as my pregnancy progresses and even though not every issue listed in each week's summary necessarily happens to me, it's good to know what I 'could' expect. I would highly recommend this book to any expecting mom!" -- Cynthia, an expectant mother

"If you are searching for one book for your pregnancy or for that one book to refer all of your expectant clients to, this book is by far the greatest achievement in childbirth education reading material! Sandy Jones and her daughter Marcie Jones have included absolutely everything an expectant woman and her family needs to know. This book should be on everyone's recommended reading list"--Connie Livingston, BS, RN, FACCE (Dona), CCE, CLD, birthsource.com

"Great Expectations is the perfect resource for moms-to-be. Sandy and Marcie Jones speak to the expectant mother of today in a friendly, approachable tone, and present their thorough information in a way that's great for both quick look-ups, and in-depth reading."--Stacia Ragolia, VP, Community & Parenting, iVillage.com

"Accurate, comprehensive, empowering, and current. I see this as being the new Dr. Spock for pregnancy...This is definitely a book I will recommend to my clients who are planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant."--Cherie C. Binns, RN, BS, MSCN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760741320
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
11/02/2004
Series:
Great Expectations Series
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
288,132
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.64(d)

What People are saying about this

Claire Westdahl
This is a book I will gladly recommend to the women I care for. It provides the most up-to-date medical information about the complexities of modern pregnancy and birth care, but most importantly, communicates the belief that women are powerful; pregnancy is a joyous time; and that birth can be an empowering experience. This is a message that pregnant women desperately need to hear. (CNM, MPH, FACNM)
Ann Stadtler
[Great Expectations] is terrific. The style of writing is clear, warm and very supportive. The breath of the information is terrific. It's a great reference for any question that might arrive in pregnancy. I'm sure parents who are asked to s hare their opinion or explanation of everything will find this reference very helpful for enhancing their confidence in forming an opinion of their own. (MSN, CPNP, Director of the Brazelton Touchpoint Center at Children's Hospital in Boston)
Stacia Ragolia
Great Expectations is the perfect resource for moms-to-be. Sandy and Marcie Jones speak to the expectant mother of today in a friendly, approachable tone, and present their thorough information in a way that's great for both quick look-ups and in-depth reading. (VP, Community & Parenting, iVillage.com)
Jennifer James
Great Expectations really is great! I told a girlfriend of mine that, "it's so good it makes me want to get pregnant all over again." (Editor, Mommy Too! Magazine)
Cherie C. Binns
Accurate, comprehensive, empowering, and current. I see this as being the new Dr. Spock for pregnancy....This is definitely a book I will recommend to my clients who are planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant. (RN, BS, MSCN)
Maureen Corry
Consumer friendly book filled with great women's quotes, helpful information and tips for pregnant women and new families. (Executive Director, Maternity Center Association)
Peg Moline
Emotions, physical changes, lifestyle changes, baby development, it's all there. Get ready: This book will get dog-eared from all your reading and then passed along to your best friends and sister. (Editor-in-Chief, FitPregnancy)
Sharon Schindler Rising
Lots of good info and advice for moms and dads�.a book that's fun, readable and full of good information...a great combination. I especially liked the embryology/fetal development sections that make it easy to envision how the baby is growing. Helps to make the normal discomforts of pregnancy worth the bother! (MSN, CNM, FACNM, Founder and Executive Director, The Centering Pregnancy & Parenting Association)

Meet the Author

Sandy Jones, MA, is the author of eight international best-selling parenting books including, Crying Baby, Sleepless Nights; Good Things For Babies; Learning for Little Kids: A Parent's Sourcebook for the Years 3-8; and The Consumer Reports Guide to Baby Products.

Marcie Jones, MA, is a freelance writer and editor. She has written for magazines and newspapers, and has taught writing at the University of Baltimore. She is the mother of a four-year-old daughter.

Created under the editorial guidance of Peter S. Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Women’s Health of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Claire M. Westdahl, CNM, MPH, FACNM, Director, Nurse Midwifery, Emory University School of Medicine. Recommended by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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Great Expectations: Your All-In-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this the first time I got pregnant and loved it!! I had What to Expect also but this was much better. It gives you the week-by-week breakdown, instead of just month-to-month and lots of extra info no one else every told you about pregnancy and childbirth. It was so good I'm buying it again since I gave my first copy away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modern, comprehensive, insightful, comforting, realistic, and all-encompassing of the various choices you can made with your pregnancy and delivery. For a (hopefully!) soon to be mom, this book as been an excellent resource that I look forward to putting into practice. It is not condescending in any way and seems to be written by people who actually care about how women expereince their pregnancies, rather than trying to make a buck while promoting antiquated ideas ("what to expect" I'm talking about you). Great Expectations is fabulous and empowering, it won't let you down!
dr_dr More than 1 year ago
I am an ob / gyn. I give it to my new moms. Great gift for daughter, grand daughter, and daughter-in-law.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What to Expect" is ok, but I really don't like the Q&A format. This one is great!! It combines all the great info that's in "What to Expect", with "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" Trust me. I work at B&N, and I've looked at them ALL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It says 2010 so I am glad I got the sample pages before buying. It is actually 10 years old. I have two pregnancy books that are older. I was looking for an updated, current book. I will keep shopping.
cjh527 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Gives a comprehensive week by week view of pregnancy along with explanations of what happens during and after childbirth. It's extremely informative and is a good supplement for everyday questions that may arise.
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I bought this book because I wanted more info than "What to Expect" seems to give. Well, apparently there's only so much info to be gained because I could find nothing new here. Worse, what is here is presentd in such a strict, judgmental way that it is completely off-putting. Furthermore, the book is poorly formatted for nook. The pictures don't match up, the boxes don't fit on the screen, and several bits of text run vertically, not horizontally. As a sidenote, the TOC stinks too. It's much too vague. I'm glad I didn't spend more than $7 on this disappointment, but I wish I hadn't spent that much!
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This is an excellent book for the first time mom-to-be. It was very well organized and complete but still an enjoyable, easy read. I particularly appreciated the elaboration on facts and suggestions with their rationale as well as the citations of studies scattered throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful resource, very informative, clear explanations.
jasmine21 More than 1 year ago
This book have been very helpful and right on target when it came to the diffrent things going on in my pregnacy. I would recommend this book to any one who is expecting.
racer82 More than 1 year ago
This book is the most helpful book I have read on pregnancy. Week by week information that is accurate and informative plus the information that is available by category. Just about any question is answered in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is wonderfull. pretty much every question i had about my pregnancy was answered in this book. if you like an informative, un-sugar coated, realistic insight into pregnancy i would recomend this book. it has a week by week section about your growing fetus and has endless information on anything you could imagine. its accurate and to the point. i was very pleased!