Nurturing Baby and Me During Pregnancy
by Arlene Matthews and Susan Fekety

[2006, Stratford, Connecticut: Developing Hearts Systems, Inc.; 116 pages/80 minutes, paperback and audio CD.]

[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 81, Spring 2007, © 2007, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Cheryl K. Smith.]

Everyone agrees that certain things are essential to a health pregnancy—such as proper nutrition, the right amount of exercise and the elimination of unnecessary drugs. But as evidenced by studies that can be found in Michel Odent’s Primal Health Project, the stress and anxiety that are rampant in our modern world can have adverse effects during the prenatal period, as well.

This book and audio CD provide a week-by-week program of exercises, relaxation and music that women can use during pregnancy. The program is designed help women get in touch with their feelings, build confidence in their ability to mother and bond with the baby prior to birth and prepare for birth itself.

Purchase of the book enables the nonprofit Developing Hearts Systems to provide the program to low income mothers at no cost. Those who want to…share their own stories of or suggestions for nurturing and loving a baby can go to www.bondingwithbaby.org.

Reviewer Cheryl K. Smith is managing editor for Midwifery Today and publisher of Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat Magazine, as well as raising a small herd of mini dairy goats in the coast range of Oregon.

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