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Having Your Baby: A Guide for African American Women

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African-American women face unique challenges during pregnancy. Here is a they can turn to for medical information, health advice, and emotional support during this exhilarating, and sometimes anxious, time. Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, an esteemed Ob-Gyn, explains all the bodily changes, feelings, and medical procedures you may encounter when pregnant. From planning a pregnancy to caring for your newborn, Dr. Hutcherson provides comforting wisdom from her years of experience as a doctor and mother of four. Most ...

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Having Your Baby: For the Special Needs of Black Mothers-To-Be, from Conception to Newborn Care

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Overview

African-American women face unique challenges during pregnancy. Here is a they can turn to for medical information, health advice, and emotional support during this exhilarating, and sometimes anxious, time. Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, an esteemed Ob-Gyn, explains all the bodily changes, feelings, and medical procedures you may encounter when pregnant. From planning a pregnancy to caring for your newborn, Dr. Hutcherson provides comforting wisdom from her years of experience as a doctor and mother of four. Most important, she addresses such potential risks as fibroid, diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure, and skin conditions.

This extraordinary resource offers medically sound and reassuring advice on choosing a care provider ... caring for yourself successfully in each trimester ... the signs and symptoms that necessitate a call to a health care practitioner...minimizing the chances of birth defects  ... breastfeeding basics ... and much more.

The first childbirth encyclopedia written for African-American mothers-to-be, Having Your Baby addresses all the issues, concerns, and questions you may have about pregnancy and childbirth.

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After practicing obstetrics for many years and giving birth to four children, Harvard Medical graduate Hutcherson recognized the need for a childbirth resource that articulated the social concerns of African American women. Although this clearly written self-help guide contains advice on conception, pregnancy, and delivery that can be found in other resources, its unique features make it a stand-out in birthing literature. Hutcherson offers expectant mothers everything from essential information about diseases like sickle cell anemia and lupus to historical highlights that provide a positive birth image and outlook for black women. Aiming "to combat the high incidence of small, sick, and premature black babies," Hucherson has produced a first-of-its-kind childbirth reference tool that meets the needs of a population traditionally denied equal access to prenatal care. An excellent companion to The Black Women's Health Book LJ 4/15/90; highly recommended. [This July, Dutton will publish Mama's Little Baby: The Black Woman's Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby's First Year.Ed.]Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345394033
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,141,668
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson is Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Before You Conceive: Preparing for Pregnancy Emotionally, Financially, Physically, and Medically 1
Ch. 2 Now That You've Conceived: Taking Care Through Your Pregnancy 21
Ch. 3 The First Trimester: Your Growing Baby, Your Changing Body, Your Emotions 63
Ch. 4 The Second Trimester: Your Growing Baby, Your Changing Body, Your Emotions 84
Ch. 5 The Third Trimester: Your Growing Baby, Your Changing Body, Your Emotions 100
Ch. 6 Eating Right During Pregnancy 123
Ch. 7 The Benefits of Exercise 146
Ch. 8 Talking About Sex 161
Ch. 9 How Pregnancy Affects Your Daily Routine 175
Ch. 10 Special Care Pregnancy: Medical Conditions, Age-Related Difficulties, and Multiple Births 200
Ch. 11 When Something Goes Wrong: How to Recognize Complications 241
Ch. 12 Having Your Baby: What to Expect During Labor and Delivery 275
Ch. 13 All About Breast Feeding 322
Ch. 14 The Basics of Newborn Care 345
Ch. 15 Your Body, Your Emotions After the Baby 372
App. A Your Pregnancy Diary 389
App. B Recommended Weight Gain Time Table 397
Recommended Reading 399
Index 401
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

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    This book was a good read that focused on the issues that African American women have during pregnancy. I liked that it gave practicle information relevant to me. I use this book as a reference for my Childbirth Education Classes, which I teach from an African Centered perspective.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR THE PREGNANT BLACK WOMAN!!!

    When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I went in search of a book that would help me along, give me information, and help me to prepare for pregnancy,labor, childbirth, and parenting. This book was awesome. Most of the books I found were either generalized or not written with women of color in mind. This book was hard for me to find at my local book store. But worth the effort to find. I've recommended it to friends, family members, and coworkers. This book offered information on hypertension, sickle cell, healthy eating, tips to ease discomforts during pregnancy and labor, pregnancy testing, and much much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    A 20-YEAR OLD WHO JUST FOUND OUT SHE'S PREGNANT

    WHEN I FIRST FOUND THIS BOOK ON THE INTERNET, I KNEW THAT IT WOULD HELP ME WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS THAT I NEEDED ANSWERED. THIS BOOK IS REALLY HELPFUL AND SHOWS CHAPTER TO CHAPTER ON HOW TO DEAL WITH PREGNANCY AND WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR 9 MONTHS. THIS BOK IS ESSENTIAL!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    Inspiring Book for the faint of heart

    I was so very happy to receive this book from a friend when I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant. I felt so alone and was scared beyond belief and had little and/or experience with childrearing and even less knowledge and experience with the process of giving birth. This book contains a lot of matter of fact information geared toward African American women from every walk of life and the many and varied experiences we've had giving birth and raising countless generations. Insights into childbearing and rearing customs in this country and beyond are invaluable. The father-to-be is not left out either. Section on fatherhood reads well and gives a lot of information and insight with our being preachy. A great guide for dads and moms alike. This book has helped take the edge of my loneliness and fear. A great guide and an excellent gift.

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