Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting [NOOK Book]

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"The future doesn't frighten me, but sometimes I wish there was help, a type of midlife mom roadside assistance-someone who would show up exactly when you need it and tell you how to handle the problem." -Janice Stewart, mother at thirty-nine to Joshua

What's a woman to do when she's facing menopause, toddlers, and elder care all at the same time? Women who have "been there and done that" provide some ...
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Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting

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Overview


"The future doesn't frighten me, but sometimes I wish there was help, a type of midlife mom roadside assistance-someone who would show up exactly when you need it and tell you how to handle the problem." -Janice Stewart, mother at thirty-nine to Joshua

What's a woman to do when she's facing menopause, toddlers, and elder care all at the same time? Women who have "been there and done that" provide some insight in Midlife Motherhood. Offering humor, warmth, and frankness, this is a handholding guide for the uninitiated.

What's on their minds:
· Common fears and concerns: from Down's syndrome to being too old
· Fertility challenges and what to physically expect from pregnancy
· How to juggle postpartum demands-parenting, working, caring for aging parents . . . and all at once!
· Getting back into shape
· Hot flashes and warm bottles: coping with hormonal changes while caring for a new baby

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
More women are becoming mothers at midlife. Blackstone-Ford, a certified mediator specializing in family issues, bases much of this book on her own experiences as well as on input from other mothers who participated in her Internet discussion group. She does a creditable job of addressing topics of concern, e.g., fertility, pregnancy, birth, adoption, career and family issues, and postpartum health and emotional issues. Unfortunately, her coverage of some medical issues is incomplete, and readers may be led to underestimate associated risks or complexities. Blackstone-Ford asserts, for example, that it is safe to consume the artificial sweetener aspartame during pregnancy, but she does not mention the extensive research that indicates it may cause or exacerbate headaches, fibromyalgia symptoms, and mood disorders. In discussing episiotomies and ceasareans, she also glosses over current evidence of associated risks. A better purchase would be Doreen Nagle's But I Don't Feel Too Old To Be a Mommy. Nagle, who also founded an online midlife motherhood discussion group, wisely avoids offering advice on medical issues already covered in other books, and she includes extensive discussion on preconceptual healthcare, a topic that is notably lacking in Blackstone-Ford's book.-Noemie Maxwell, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466851566
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 681,231
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Jann Blackstone-Ford is a certified mediator and the Stepfamily and Divorce Specialist as well as the Midlife Mother expert for Parentsoup.com, an iVillage website. She is the director of Bonus Families, bonusfamilies.com, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and reassurance of stepfamilies around the world. She is also the creator of midlifemother.com, a support site for women who choose to become mothers at midlife. Jann lives with her family in Discovery Bay, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Library Journal Reviewer Missed the Point

    I read this book and I really liked it. Midlife Motherhood celebrates the decision to be a mother at midlife and the concerns of the reviewer--preconceptual health is not an issue from this book's point of view. It would be out of place. Summarized, Midlife Motherhood is a pat on the back for those who have done it, and validation for those contemplating it. It's not a medical guide nor are medical things really discussed in any detail. Truly, I think I own just about every book on this subject and it's one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2002

    Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting

    Completely unprepared for the changes I was about to encounter, this book validated my fears and offered welcomed suggestions for coping.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting

    Becoming a mother at 41, I looked for books, but found very few that discussed my concerns--mainly the chances of having a child with problems. Through Midlife Motherhood, I learned that my fears were no different than most "older" mothers, and the odds of having a special needs child are not as great as I thought. This book is filled with lots of stories from other midlife moms, plus some of the author's own experiences. She very clearly explains the pitfalls associated with having a child at midlife and I came away feeling confident I could do it again. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting

    Becoming a mother again at 39, I was looking for a book that talked about the emotional adjustments to becoming a parent more than "What to Expect While I Was Expecting." I found it in Midlife Motherhood. Ms. Blackstone-Ford covers all the important topics from overcoming infertility to what she calls, "The New Normal," or getting re-adjusted after the baby arrives. I was especially impressed by the first hand account of a mother who had a son with Downs syndrome. That seems to be an older mother's greatest fear and Blackstone-Ford addresses it by talking to a mother who actually faced the problem. The stories of the other midlife mothers that are included are truly inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting

    I received this book as a gift--I'm expecting for the first time at 37. I haven't finished it yet, but what I have read addresses a lot of the fears I secretly carried around for the first few months--was I too old? Will my baby think I'm too old? What is really in store for me and my child? I have to admit I feel better and I'm only on chapter four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Not what I was hoping for

    I was looking for a book that really delved into the psychological adjustment from years of independence to the dependent world of motherhood, and the physical differences between pregnancy in the early twenties and late thirties. What I found instead was a book that loosely tied my commonly shared insecurities to a variety of other women's situations without any clear depth to their stories. I thought I would come away from this book with a newfound confidence and instead came away with a pat on the head.

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