The Business of Baby

The Business of Baby

What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line

Book - 2013 | First Scribner hardcover edition --.
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In the tradition of Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death , an eye-opening work of investigative journalism that challenges our common wisdom about pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby's life, showing how the mother and child's wellbeing are often undermined by corporate profit margins and the private interests of the medical community.

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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition --.
ISBN: 9781451636086
Branch Call Number: 649.1 MAR
Characteristics: xvii, 344 pages :,illustrations


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Dec 04, 2018

If you like to make informed decisions based upon the best science, then read this book.
American children have some of the poorest outcomes, highest infant mortality and most chronic disease of any of the wealthy nations. As this book explains, our for-profit medical system is driving many of the decisions parents make.
Margulis explains all this with an engaging narrative that draws the reader in, makes you feel like a friend and backs it all up with science.
This book will empower you to better protect your child.

Jul 08, 2015

While informative and well-written, this book weighs heavily on the negatives. Most topics are barely touched, so it just seems to pile one thing to worry about on top of the other. If you want to get informed but see more of the positive side, watch The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born.

Jul 08, 2015

If you liked the documentary film "The Business of being Born", this is for you. It's an expanded version. It is a great read and full of excellent research. I loved all the facts and numbers- which was refreshing from a lot of the material out there which is just based on theories or gut feelings. A great read for any wanna-be-parent.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GF 100 M 2013

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