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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971453265
  • Publisher: Parent-Wise Solutions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 556,783
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Bucknam, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the founder and director of Cornerstone Pediatrics in Louisville, Colorado where he resides with his wife, Gayle, and their four sons. He has served thousands of parents in Colorado for the last 26 years as their Pediatrician. With a targeted interest in preterm and high-risk newborns, Dr. Bucknam's opinions are highly respected within the pediatric community; He has expanded his practice into multiple hospitals in the area where he works closely with 37 licensed Pediatricians. Dr. Bucknam's work on Parent Directed Feeding is being utilized by 6 million parents worldwide in 16 languages. Stay connected to his further findings on Twitter @ wisebooks and online at babywisebooks.com

Gary Ezzo, M.A. serves as the executive director of Growing Families International. He and his wife Anne Marie have spoken to millions of mothers, fathers, educators and medical clinicians through their best-selling books and weekend seminars. Their parenting concepts are now translated into 25 languages. On Twitter @ wisebooks and online at babywisebooks.com

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Table of Contents

Using This Book 9
Foreword 11
Prologue: A New Life 13
Introduction 15
Chapter 1 Is It Time? 17
Chapter 2 While You're Waiting 29
Chapter 3 Prenatal Testing 43
Chapter 4 The Importance of Self-Care 51
Chapter 5 It's Time! 63
Chapter 6 Birth by Cesarean Section 83
Chapter 7 Why Us? 95
Chapter 8 Postpartum Challenges 111
Chapter 9 Infant Care 125
Chapter 10 Feeding Your Baby 145
Chapter 11 Birth by Adoption 161
Chapter 12 A Word to Dads 175
Epilogue: Parenting in Progress 187
Appendixes
A A Timeline of Birth Practices 189
B Conception Prevention 193
C Labor Variations and Options 197
D The Stages of Labor 209
E Cesarean Section 216
F Meeting Postpartum Challenges 219
G Goal Setting in the Postpartum Period 221
H Your Infant's Growth and Development 222
Glossary 226
Notes 233
Index 236
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    An early introduction to the Baby(un)wise books

    This book gives no information that isn¿t readily available elsewhere form a more reputable source, except a positive endorsement of Gary Ezzo¿s disproved infant training theories. Before considering further on what birth and baby care books to purchase, people need to realize that the Ezzo¿s are ostensibly religious figures, removed from ministry in multiple churches and credited with authoring the secular version of the religious books that have led to Failure to thrive infants, and children with attachment disorder. I really hope no one really wants to start on that path with their infant. // The subtitle of this book is mentions birthing ¿by Design¿. Physiologically oriented parents need to understand the ¿Design¿ is referring to Creation ¿Science¿ ¿intelligent¿ design, not to anything based on biological fact. / The information given here wasn¿t written by Gary Ezzo but by a consortium of a couple nurses, a few MD¿s and a couple CNM (certified Nurse-Midwives). It¿s a medical model book on birth, with no entries in the index for ¿homebirth¿ or ¿doula¿, so expect no discussion on anything outside of hospitals and birth centers. The sections on labor read pretty much like the soft ¿What to expect when You¿re Expecting¿, a book renowned for it¿s lack of empowering information. There are a couple pages on positions for pain relief, but not enough to help a woman avoid a medicalized birth or to even understand why drugs in labor are dangerous to her and her baby. / One brief chapter on feeding infants includes the tired statement ¿there are advantages and disadvantages to both bottle feeding and breastfeeding¿, disregarding the 100+ citations on the risks of formula feeding at the end of the AAPediatrics Statement on the Use of Human Milk. I wonder what disadvantages to breastfeeding there might be other than this absurd statement, paraphrased, ¿deciding how to feed an infant needs to me a family decision based on whether or not the mother can be well nourished and well rested enough to breastfeed the baby.¿ !!! Well, the last time I looked, it was metabolically more difficult to be pregnant than to breastfeed, and if the mother is so darned worn out from baby care, she most certainly does not have the extra energy one needs to bottle feed! Bottle feeding is expensive, difficult to do safely and a mother has the constant worry of whether or not the pharmaceutical company has made a manufacturing mistake. Certainly a mother would be better rested knowing that her baby is fed the food that God or Nature intended! / The final pages of the books contain various ¿scientific¿ appearing charts, including a goal sheet for post-partum. By one week post partum, moms are supposed to shower by noon, by two weeks they need to be dressed by noon and by 3 weeks, they need to have their make-up on by noon! Whoa! In the real world of nurturing, the baby really doesn¿t care what the mom is wearing and probably prefers the un-made-up face anyway. Oooops! In the Baby(un)wise series, DAD is the all important God designated family head and decider of all things. I guess that¿s why Mom needs to worry about those things. Here¿s a tip Mom- throw out the schedules, attend to baby, your rest and nursing. Everything else will follow in it¿s time. After all, Mary (remember, the Mom who gave birth to Jesus?) didn¿t have a clock, a schedule or make-up to put on. She had a baby who needed her love, her milk and her physical presence. The Ezzos will appear truly Godly when they realize that those are the important things in life. Just don¿t get caught up in the Ezzo plans before *or* after birth.

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