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  1. 10.6 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A Harvard-trained obstetrician-gynecologist, prominent blogger, and author of the classic How Your Baby Is Born delivers a timely, important, and sure to be headline-making expose that shines a light on the natural parenting movement and the multimillion-dollar industry behind it. The natural parenting movement praises the virtues of birth without medical interference, staunchly advocates breastfeeding for all mothers, and hails attachment parenting. Once the exclusive province of the alternative lifestyle, natural parenting has gone mainstream, becoming a lucrative big business today. But those who do not subscribe to this method are often made to feel as if they are doing their children harm. Dr. Amy Tuteur understands their apprehensions. “Parenting quickly feels synonymous with guilt. And of late, there is no bigger arena for this pervasive guilt than childbirth.” As a medical professional with a long career in obstetrics and gynecology and as the mother of four children, Tuteur is no stranger to the insurmountable pressures and subsequent feelings of blame and self-condemnation that mothers experience during their children’s early years. The natural parenting movement, she contends, is not helping them raise their children better. Instead, it capitalizes on their uncertainty, manipulating parents when they are most vulnerable. In Push Back, she chronicles the movement’s history from its roots to its modern practices, incorporating her own experiences as a mother and successful OB-GYN with original research on the latest in childbirth science. She also reveals the dangerous and overtly misogynistic motives of some of its proponents—conservative men who sought to limit women’s control and autonomy. As she debunks, one by one, the guilt-inducing myths of natural birth and parenting, Dr. Tuteur empowers women to embrace the method of childbirth that is right for them, while reassuring all parents that the most important thing they can do is love and care for their children.

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    Push Back by Amy Tuteur, M.D., Amy Tuteur, MD

    Push Back

    10.6 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.3 hrs • 10/20/2015 • Unabridged

    The new must-have guide for a healthy conception & pregnancy More and more women are choosing to have children later in life, but since fertility declines starting at age thirty, many moms-to-be are forced to turn to invasive, expensive treatments to conceive. But there is a better way: with How to Conceive Naturally readers will discover that it’s possible to have a healthy pregnancy in your 30s or early 40s. Orecchio and Buckley share their vast knowledge of holistic health, nutrition, and fertility in this powerful program that has helped thousands of women conceive naturally. From a twelve-week fertility detox to a postpartum plan to rebalance hormones, this book empowers women to take charge of their fertility and pregnancies.

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    How to Conceive Naturally

    Foreword by Sara Gottfried, MD
    8.3 hrs • 10/20/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.1 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, does the United States have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world? Why do pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed receive “free” samples of infant formula from American obstetricians? Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease?  The Business of Baby, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science, revealing how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests. An illuminating combination of meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis’s impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory. The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.

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    Business of Baby

    13.1 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.1 hrs • 2/14/2014 • Unabridged

    Do you have a much-loved dog? Are you expecting or trying for a baby? Does your dog know? Do you want to learn how to prepare your dog for the new addition? Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant offers a practical, intuitive approach for creating a loving bond between your dog and your new baby. Dr. Kirkham has packed this book full of information, helpful tips, and the latest behavioral knowledge. It is essential listening for any dog-owning family who is expecting a baby—your dog and baby’s future relationship may depend on it. Learn how to: Prepare your dog for the baby; Accustom your dog to numerous baby sounds, including toy noises; Read and interpret your dog’s body language; Adjust your routine and the household to keep your dog calm; Introduce your dog and baby for the first time; Recognize your dog’s warning signs; and Know when you need professional assistance. A baby makes many different noises, and your dog needs to be familiar with new sounds ranging from crying to giggling, sneezing to splashing in the bath, as well as all those noisy toys. Prepare your dog for these new sounds with this step-by-step guide and free downloadable soundtracks.

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    Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant by Dr. Lewis Kirkham

    Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant

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    Read by Chuck Patyk
    2.1 hrs • 2/14/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.1 hrs • 8/20/2013 • Unabridged

    An award-winning social scientist uses the tools of economics to debunk myths about pregnancy and to empower women to make better decisions while they’re expecting. Pregnancy is full of rules. Pregnant women are often treated as if they were children, given long lists of items to avoid—alcohol, caffeine, sushi—without any real explanation from their doctors about why. They hear frightening and contradictory myths from friends and pregnancy books about everything from weight gain to sleeping on your back to bed rest. Economist Emily Oster believes there is a better way. In Expecting Better, she shows that the information given to pregnant women is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified, and she debunks a host of standard recommendations on everything from drinking to fetal testing. When Oster was expecting her first child, she felt powerless to make the right decisions. How doctors think and what patients need are two very different things. So Oster drew on her own experience and went in search of the real facts about pregnancy using an economist’s tools. Economics is not just a study of finance. It’s the science of determining value and making informed decisions. To make a good decision, you need to understand the information available to you and to know what it means to you as an individual. Take alcohol. We all know that Americans are cautious about drinking during pregnancy. Official recommendations call for abstinence. But Oster argues that the medical research doesn’t support this; the vast majority of studies show no impact from an occasional drink. The few studies that do condemn light drinking are deeply flawed, including one in which the light drinkers were also heavy cocaine users. Expecting Better overturns standard recommendations for alcohol, caffeine, sushi, bed rest, and induction while putting in context the blanket guidelines for fetal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age of thirty-five, nausea, and more. Oster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctor’s office. The health of your baby is paramount, and with this practical guide readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is a tremendous relief—and so is the occasional glass of wine.

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    Expecting Better by Emily Oster

    Expecting Better

    9.1 hrs • 8/20/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.0 hrs • 6/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Let this beautiful collection of meditations and soothing music lead you and your baby on a journey of discovery, love, and unbreakable bonds. Meditations include focused breathing, an ancient teaching that encourages relaxation and helps get you in tune with your body during pregnancy and childbirth; dedicated time for two; baby’s song, during which the baby explores ways of communicating with you from within the womb; release, which means releasing the pain and remaining in control; and a perfect night, a short meditation with extended comforting music to help you relax into a perfect night’s sleep. The audio features music by Andreas.

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    Guided Meditations for Pregnancy & Birth by Michelle Roberton-Jones

    Guided Meditations for Pregnancy & Birth

    1.0 hrs • 6/1/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.4 hrs • 8/28/2012 • Unabridged

    A remarkable, inspiring story of one woman’s hard-fought journey to motherhood Sara Casey Connell and her mother hadn’t been particularly close for a long time. But when Connell lost a third pregnancy after years of fertility treatments and one late-term stillbirth of twins, her mother offered to be a surrogate for her child—and Connell and her husband accepted. Two years later, Finnean Lee Connell—a healthy baby boy—was born. Bringing in Finn is the remarkable story of one woman’s hard-fought—and often painful—journey to motherhood. In this achingly honest memoir, Connell recounts the tragedy and heartbreak of losing twin sons twenty-seven weeks into pregnancy, the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her sixty-one-year-old mother carrying her child for her, and the profound bond that blossomed between the two of them as a result of their unique experience together. Moving, inspiring, and ultimately triumphant, Bringing in Finn is an extraordinary story of despair and hope, forgiveness and redemption, and the discovery that, when it comes to unconditional love, there are no limits to what can be achieved.

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    Bringing in Finn

    9.4 hrs • 8/28/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.7 hrs • 12/1/2009 • Abridged

    Few life experiences feature emotional swings as extreme as those of pregnancy—it’s a monumental mix of both intense excitement and skip-a-beat anxiety. How do you respond to such a situation? If you’re like most, you scour websites, read books, browse blogs, and pick the brains of every friend, family member, and store clerk who’s ever had a baby. You talk about the ups and downs, the cravings and the nausea, the maternity clothes and the stretch marks. During this 280-day journey, this sometimes scattered mind-set is perfectly natural—and healthy. But often you need help cutting through the clutter. In You: Having a Baby, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, America’s Doctors, will help ease your tension by teaching you not only about what you can do but also why you should do it. They’ll explore the biology of your body with amazing insights about a cutting-edge new field called epigenetics, which gives you the power to change the genetic destiny of your child. And they’ll give you all the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, hormones, fetal development, and many more pregnancy-related issues. Using their signature wit and wisdom, they’ll test your knowledge, bust many myths, and reassure you that your maternal instincts are usually pretty darn good. After all, the doctors want the exact same thing as you do during this journey—a healthy baby (and a healthy mom). Be assured that You: Having a Baby will be one of your favorite passengers on this wonderful ride.  

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  9. 9.9 hrs • 2/24/2009 • Abridged

    From a detailed look at what happens in the intense moments immediately preceding and following birth, to an eye-popping history of painkillers, birthing methods and infant resuscitation, Sloan shows how millions of years of human history are encapsulated in one day—in the universal experience of childbirth and the first day of life. Part memoir, part narrative, part science and history, this audio focuses on both the biology and wonder of human birth. This title combines history, biology, and culture with humor, compassion, and real-life anecdotes and gives equal emphasis to the clinical and emotional aspects of this timeless experience. 

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    Birth Day

    9.9 hrs • 2/24/09 • Abridged
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  10. 1.1 hrs • 9/1/2008

    A recording by Janey Lee Grace and the UK’s bestselling audio hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold, to benefit moms-to-be and prepare them for pregnancy Track 1: Creative Conception: An inspirational recording by Janey Lee Grace that will help anyone endeavoring to become pregnant to look at the various ways they can prepare themselves for this wonderful journey into motherhood. Track 2: Relaxation: A high quality hypnotherapy track by Glenn Harrold combining powerful clinical hypnotherapy techniques. You will be guided into a wonderful state of mental and physical relaxation and given many posthypnotic suggestions to help you prepare your mind and body for conception. At the end of the recording you will be gently brought back to full waking consciousness with a combination of suggestion and music.

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    21.8 hrs • 1/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Your Pregnancy Week by Week is the most medically current and comprehensive pregnancy guide available. Doctors recommend it. Reviewers praise it. Pregnant couples rely on it. With more than seventy new topics covered, and completely updated to keep up with trends, new products, and safety recommendations, this comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use sixth edition of the guide includes: detailed descriptions of baby’s developmental milestones each week, up-to-date information about medical tests and procedures, tips on nutrition and lifestyle and the ways actions affect baby, safe weekly exercises to help mother stay in shape, and comfortable, helpful hints for the father-to-be and information on how a pregnancy affects a couple, and more.

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    Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler

    Your Pregnancy Week by Week

    21.8 hrs • 1/1/08 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.5 hrs • 9/24/2007

    Following on from Joyful Pregnancy, Blissful Birth is a superb, high-quality recording by the UK’s bestselling audio hypnotherapist, Glenn Harrold, and Janey Lee Grace. Track one is an inspirational recording by Janey Lee Grace with two parts, one for before birth and one for after. In it she offers encouragement and advice (taken from her own personal experience of four natural births) for the last few weeks of pregnancy and explains how to prepare your mind and body for the birth you desire. Much of the pain of labor can be eased by simple visualization techniques, but Janey offers other practical suggestions too. Track two is to be used postnatally to help you through those first few days and weeks. Janey offers tips as to how to nurture yourself and your newborn baby naturally. Track two also has two parts to help you before and after giving birth. Both parts are high-quality hypnotherapy recordings combining powerful clinical hypnotherapy techniques. Both will guide you into a wonderful state of mental and physical relaxation. The first will help you prepare for the final stages of your pregnancy and giving birth, and the second will help you after giving birth. At the end of each recording you will be gently brought back to full waking consciousness with a combination of suggestion and music.

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  13. 2.8 hrs • 3/22/2005 • Abridged

    A much-needed antidote to our modern, assembly-line approach to childbirth, this new book is designed as a guide for all who wish to participate in the wondrous process of bringing new life into the world. Its ideas derive from two sources: the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, with its emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, and the latest Western scientific prenatal research. By integrating the best information from these two very different perspectives, this remarkable book gives readers the tools to ensure that our children are nourished by thoughts, words, and actions from the very moment of conception.Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is rich in practical information, including strategies to help enliven the body intelligence of unborn babies by nourishing each of their five senses, as well as through Ayurvedically balanced nutrition and eating with awareness. Specific yoga poses and meditation techniques reduce the mother’s stress and improve the infant’s emotional environment, as do tips for conscious communication with a partner. Exercises prepare parents for the experience of childbirth itself, followed by natural approaches to dealing with the first weeks of parenting, from healing herbs to enhancing your milk supply to coping with postpartum depression.Inspiring, expansive, and remarkably informative, this unique book from acclaimed experts in mind-body medicine will profoundly enhance the experience of pregnancy and birth for both parents and baby.

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  14. 2.8 hrs • 6/8/1999 • Unabridged

    First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...Yikes! Of course pregnancy is thrilling, but it also poses enough challenges to test a saint. In addition to the excitement, there is pressure as you tally up the costs and cope with morning sickness, birth classes, and in-laws, not to mention cravings, celibacy, and a host of other surprises. Couples need to lighten the mood with a good laugh every once in a while. This audio guide on pregnanthood from a man’s perspective can provide that comic relief. Alan Thicke has collected his thoughts, along with salient advice and expert opinions, on the entire nine months in a diary of his recent pregnancy.... Oh, yes, his wife was there too.

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    How Men Have Babies

    2.8 hrs • 6/8/99 • Unabridged
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