Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyCongdon, an editor and publisher who spent nine months observing the obstetrical practice of Rod O'Driscoll and Jack Bonamo in West Orange, N.J., here recounts the drama he witnessed. His stories revolve around the birth of Susan and Tracy MacGregor's first child. Woven through this are other patients' pregnancies--some joyful, some tragic; the conflicts and friendships of the medical staff; professional hazards, such as malpractice lawsuits; behind-the-scenes ordeals in the hospital's labor and delivery room; and even interesting tidbits about modern ob-gyn medicine. This witty, instructive book demystifies obstetrics and shows that medical professionals are as human as their patients. Recommended for all new, expectant or potential parents. (Aug.)
Library JournalCongdon spent nine months shadowing two obstetricians in order to show readers "what having a baby is really like," so perhaps his book would have been more appropriately titled Delivering Babies. He offers us some wonderful insights into the obstetrician's world, closely chronicling the experience of one couple in order to give us an intimate view of pregnancy. However, the book's viewpoint is very male, thus missing much of the essence of "having babies." Indeed, Congdon's discussion of topics like epidurals, labor pain, and morning sickness borders on patronizing. Still, his book has its value; it offers men a look at the experience in terms they can understand while giving women a chance to see the male perspective. An optional purchase.-KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
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Unlike many other books out there on pregnancy, telling you what you will experience during pregnancy and when, this book offers a glimpse inside an OB/GYN office. There are many great stories of courage and happiness in this story and I highly recommend this book to those who are on there way to starting a family. It was hard to put this book down.