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 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. Rather, as the audiobook reveals, current cultural practices reflect 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.
©2013 Jennifer Margulis (P)2013 Post Hypnotic Press
I really enjoyed the content of this book. I did feel at times the writer reiterated many points from earlier in the book. I feel like the book could've been a lot shorter. But still worth the read.
This book goes where most other books do not. It gives facts and tells you alternatives. I love this book and feel much more informed. You can still do your research and make your own opinions but this gives the side that is much less talked about. This book and another book Expecting Better both laid out some realities that are very much over looked in the traditional baby books. Be informed and don't be dropped by the large companies, hospitals and doctors who have little time to spend with you and your little one.
People who are into conspiracy theories and anecdotes.
As a pregnant woman reading this book, I felt like the author was trying to scare the crap out of me without providing much evidence. Moral of the story, according to the author, is doctors are bad and mothers can do everything by themselves. It was so terrible I couldn't finish the book, as I felt my head was being filled with misinformation and garbage
The author uses many parental stories and financial figures to induce fear and distrust in the current "American" health care system and capitalist society. I enjoyed this take on viewing pregnancy and parenting from the other side of the coin but as a Canadian I found it a bit over the top. Definitely worth a read to consider all the options and pros and cons behind the choices you make while pregnant and caring for your baby.
This book is an encyclopedia of research about child's health. I highly recommend it for every parent, especially first time parents and those who prepare to have their first child. I was pleasantly surprised to hear not only opinions but FACTS and research findings on highly controversial topics such as vaccination. I personally thank the author for putting so much effort into finding the information, talking to so many doctors, nurses, and parents to write this book. If you are thinking whether to read it or not, READ. I found out about this book by accident after watching "The Business of Being Born" and I'm so glad that I did because it opened my eyes on so many problems I never thought about before. Outstanding book.
If the book was neutral. It was totally too one sided. Seems like more fear based reading and opinions than actual facts. It seems the author only used information that supports her opinion. If you are expecting or TTC don't listen. This will scare you to death.
Possbily Expecting Better.
The performance was great...It got the reaction needed out of the audience
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