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Sheryl Sandberg's wise and inspiring words are both motivating and comforting. As a working mother of 4 children with a passion for leading I took solace in knowing that I can lead at home and work. I hope Sheryl inspires a revolution of women to lead and that my daughter knows she can reach her potential and achieve equality in the workplace.
This book was hands down the best thing I have read during pregnancy. It gave me fair, balanced information and helped me advocate during my pregnancy for the appropriate tests and care I needed.
Despite what some of the one-star reviews contend (and I seriously doubt most of these reviewers have read a single page of the book, let alone it cover to cover) this book does not advocate "drinking" or any other behaviour during pregnancy. It is not a guide book of what you can and can't do. Rather it is a wealth of information on the results of medical and scientific studies that allow the reader to come to their own conclusions about what is right for her (and her partner) and her baby-to-be during pregnancy. No one reading a thick book by an economist is looking for an excuse to go engage in reckless behaviour; a reader of this kind of book is looking for the best up-to-date information to guide their decisions about what is best for mother and baby during pregnancy.
The only thing this book specifically advocates for is mothers (and their partners) who are educated about the options and risks during pregnancy.
The book answers all the questions that other pregnancy books gloss over with saccharine cliches. This book is respectful of the reader's intelligence--something most pregnancy books seem to completely dismiss.
It is not only the sections on how to evaluate the dangers of food, environment and, yes, substances, but also the depth at which Oster takes up birth practices and medical interventions.
My only disappointment with it, and it is not one I hold her accountable for but rather based on my own position as a reader, is that it makes certain assumptions about midwives which are true for the United States but do not transfer to Canadian experience.
I will be buying this book and gifting it each time a friend gets pregnant because it is the only book that treats pregnant women with this kind of respect and offers such amazing information.