Your Amazing Newborn
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Your Amazing Newborn

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by Marshall H. Klaus, Phyllis Klaus, Phyllis H. Klaus
     
 

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Your Amazing Newborn celebrates a baby's extraordinary abilities in the first hours and days of life. Marshall and Phyllis Klaus take parents and all those who care for new families into this freshly charted world, one they have been exploring for decades. The results of their fascinating research are illuminated by over 120 exquisite photographs, all of…  See more details below

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Your Amazing Newborn celebrates a baby's extraordinary abilities in the first hours and days of life. Marshall and Phyllis Klaus take parents and all those who care for new families into this freshly charted world, one they have been exploring for decades. The results of their fascinating research are illuminated by over 120 exquisite photographs, all of babies less than two weeks old.Your Amazing Newborn begins before birth with images of fetuses actually comforting themselves in the womb. We then see newborns less than one hour old crawling unassisted to the breast, recognizing the voices of their parents, and shutting our unwanted sights and sounds. Parents will learn how to discover an infant's clear preferences for certain shapes, smells, tastes, and tones of voice. They will be delighted by the ways babies seem to be able to ensure their own survival, and they will be amazed that within days after birth, newborns can engage in an intimate and reciprocal choreography, and nestle into a parent's embrace as though they had practiced for years. Your Amazing Newborn is a must for parents-to-be, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers; through its stunning photographs we see the first reach, the first mutual gaze-and most wonderful of all-the first spark of recognition that ignites a lifetime bond.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Marshall Klaus, a neonatologist, and Phyllis Klaus, a psychotherapist (coauthors of Bonding and Mothering the Mother), join efforts again to create an insightful book about the newborn. Incorporating information from an earlier collaboration (The Amazing Newborn, 1985), this newest presents the latest research on how babies behave in the first weeks of life. Notably, the Klauses describe new studies--with more than 100 remarkable photographs--indicating the newborn's abilities to reach and, in the right circumstances, to crawl to the mother's breast and begin to nurse without help. Also described are the six states of the newborn's consciousness: quiet alert, active alert, crying, drowsy, quiet sleep and active sleep. The authors underline the importance of maintaining the sanctity of the first moment of life (they warn against loud noise, and suggest that immediate washing after birth removes important chemical signals between infant and mother). A thoughtful chapter on adoption discusses how infants and adoptive parents bond. A wonderful primer for new parents, this attractive volume pays homage to the "mysterious, shifting world of the infant," explaining how and why babies behave the way they do. Author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In the past, much of our knowledge of normal newborn capabilities and development was based more on old wives' tales than on scientific research. Recent studies have disproved much of what was previously believed. The authors, a distinguished neonatologist and a psychotherapist specializing in pregnant women, have brought together several of these innovative studies with over 80 photographs demonstrating the new findings. (Although the Klauses previously wrote The Amazing Newborn, LJ 11/15/85, this similarly titled book is completely different, with new text and photographs.) They offer tips and insights to parents as well as recommendations for changes in professional practice in light of the new knowledge. The photos alone are worth the price of the book. An interesting addition for larger collections; optional for smaller collections.--KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, WA
Booknews
Beginning before birth with images of fetuses actually comforting themselves in the womb, the authors present new research on a baby's extraordinary abilities in the first hours and days of life. Approximately 125 b&w photographs are accompanied by explanations of the newborn's behavior as well as suggestions for optimal care at birth and tips for parents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738201887
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
114
Sales rank:
516,650
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.13(h) x (d)

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Marshall H. Klaus, M.D., internationally known neonatologist and researcher, is the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field, including Bonding, Care of the High Risk Newborn, and Mothering the Mother. He teaches pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Phyllis H. Klaus, C.S.W., M.F.C.C., teaches and practices psychotherapy at the Erikson Institute in Santa Rosa and practices in Berkeley, California. She is coauthor of Mothering the Mother, and Bonding.

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Your Amazing Newborn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This book is full of information on what has been discovered about the abilities of newborns. As a soon-to-be parent, I found it fascinating. The black and white photos of babies and their parents are stunning and worth buying the book themselves.