Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Today, a new book comes out that pregnant women won’t want to miss. Prolific writer and Harvard-educated economist Emily Oster has released Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know. She’s such a brilliant researcher and wordsmith that I’m just going to let her explain it in her own words:
“Making the right decisions during pregnancy and birth isn’t easy. Like many pregnant women I wanted to be sure I was doing the right thing, but I struggled to get good information about what that was. My doctor had a lot of rules about what I could and couldn’t do, but rarely was able to back those rules up with any evidence. In the end, I found I had to use my training in economics and statistics to sort through the data and find the real facts. Because you can’t make a good decision with bad information.
When I got the real facts, I found that sometimes I agreed with my doctor’s rules and recommendations, but not always. By getting the real facts – going back to the original medical studies and learning what the data really has to tell us – I was able to be more confident in my choices. And when friends came to ask about their own pregnancies, the data was able to help them be more confident, too.”
Thanks, Emily! Now read her thoughtful answers to my questions–including what she thinks is the most important advice for preggers people to take: (more…)
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Friday, October 5th, 2012
Obsessed with midwives? I am. Not so long ago, midwives were a lifeline for pregnant women and their families. Today, they’re wonderful additions to standard healthcare. Get advice about them here and here.
Get a dose of what midwifery was like in the old days with a great TV show, ‘Call the Midwife,’ and a moving novel, ‘The Midwife of Hope River.’
‘Call the Midwife‘ could be the new ‘Downton Abbey‘. It’s that good. It’s about Jenny Lee (pictured above), a young midwife in East London in the 1950s. She navigates the social mores of her era while helping pregnant women solve their complicated problems. She’s the new girl among the seasoned nuns at her Anglican hospital, and she’s just as shocked by the soon-to-be mothers as she is by the nuns who have become immune to their sad stories. I couldn’t stop watching. What happens to the Spanish mom who went into early labor? Can Jenny help another patient with her sudden case of preeclampsia? Find out this Sunday at 9 EST on PBS. (If you missed last week’s series premiere, catch it here.)
‘The Midwife of Hope River’ is a novel set in West Virginia during the Depression. Main character Patience Murphy loves helping women bring their new babies into the world, but she is hiding secrets that keep her from getting close to anyone. Patience is a loving, intriguing and enlightening protagonist. Her realistic birth stories are fascinating. That’s because the author, Patricia Harmon, was herself a midwife in rural communes and, later, in hospitals. Harmon’s memoirs, ‘The Blue Cotton Gown’ and ‘Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey,’ are also supposed to be informative and entertaining.
I love fiction that sheds light on history, especially the histories of mothering.
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