Each step of pregnancy, birth and the baby’s first months is set out with detailed information and clear diagrams. A remarkable set of full–colour photographs brings this journey to life, expressing feelings and emotions that are so much part of having a baby.
Contemporary personal stories complement the text, offering readers insights into the joys and delights of this profound experience, and also the risks and difficulties. Women and men who have recently become parents share here some of life’s most intensely private and deeply-felt times – making this a very special book for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Pregnancy, birth and early parenting are part of a continuous life process. This book describes not only the amazing physical and emotional changes that take place in a women’s body during pregnancy and birth, but also has advice on pre-pregnancy health, common problems and potential difficulties, pregnancy care and birth choices, and caring for a new baby. There are practical sections on everything from exercise and nutrition to baby equipment and nappy-changing, not only for women but also for partners and support people.
The authors, GP Sue Pullon and midwife Cheryl Benn, draw on many years’ professional and academic experience in general practice and midwifery respectively. Together, they bring a rare depth and range of evidence-based knowledge to the project. They have worked closely with a wider group of experts, along with the publishing and design team, to create an accessible, practical and reliable guide for today’s new parents.
Using this book
The people who made the book
Chapter 1: Planning for pregnancy
Chapter 2: Suspecting and confirming pregnancy
Chapter 3: The first three months (weeks 1–13)
Chapter 4: The second three months (weeks 14–27)
Chapter 5: The last three months (weeks 28–40+)
Chapter 6: Birth
Chapter 7: The week after birth
Chapter 8: The first three months with your baby
Appendix: Useful websites and organisations
Glossary and abbreviations