Welcome! Our book is your complete guide to having a safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. On this companion website, you’ll find additional information and links to more resources, plus worksheets to help you plan your birth and remember this special time.

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Pregnancy. Find information about pre-conception, making the choices that are right for you as you plan for birth, and making healthy choices during pregnancy.

Labor and Birth. Develop a checklist of comfort techniques that work for you, learn about pain medication options, and find a quick overview of what to expect during labor and birth.

Postpartum, Newborn Care and Feeding. Find a worksheet to help plan for life with baby, information about medical procedures, and tools for tracking your baby’s day.

Recommended by Parents, Loved by Experts

If you have not yet purchased this award-winning book, here are some of the reasons you should…

  • It explains a wide range of options so parents can find what works best for their health situation, goals, and priorities.
  • It’s based on current medical research and recommendations from leading health organizations.
  • It’s rooted in real life experiences. Combined, the five authors bring 150 years experience working with expectant ant and new families as educators, nurses, counselors, physical therapists, and lactation consultants. They’re also parents and grandparents.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Throw away your ‘what to expect’ guide”

This book is what every mom-to-be needs.

Marjorie Greenfield, MD, author of Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I heartily recommend to all pregnant women.”

Women can only make informed choices when they’re able to get comprehensive information on the many decisions that come up. This book provides such information.

Ina May Gaskin, author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The most comprehensive book on understanding your options.”

Current research, wisdom, and women’s voices together…  It will educate, inspire, and nurture you to make informed decisions as you welcome your baby into the world.

Debra Pascali Bonaro, CD, LCCE, author of Orgasmic Birth

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Fact or Fiction? The only chance a woman has of conceiving multiples (twins, triplets, or more) is if multiples run in her family or the baby’s father’s family. Fiction. A woman also increases the likelihood of becoming pregnant with multiples if she: • Is large and tall. • Is older than thirty-five. • Is Caucasian or African-American.Continue reading “Do Twins Run In Families?”

Fun with Baby Before Birth

After 28 weeks of pregnancy, try any of these activities: • Every day, sing the same song to your baby or play him your favorite music. He’ll recognize it after birth. You also may want to read the same children’s book or poem aloud every day. • Talk to your baby. Have your partner layContinue reading “Fun with Baby Before Birth”