The Business of Baby by Jennifer Margulis

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Scribner
(April 16, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1451636083
ISBN-13: 978-1451636086

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The Business of Baby

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 American obstetricians award pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed with “free” samples of infant formula?

Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against 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.

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington PostO: The Oprah Magazine, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. She has condemned child slavery on live prime-time TV in France, worked on a child survival campaign in Niger, and taught American literature in inner city Atlanta. A Boston native, she lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and four children.

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“Pregnancy and childbirth are wildly vulnerable times, and one is desperate to put one’s faith in the doctor. Jennifer Margulis reveals why that trust is sometimes misplaced, and helps us to make wise choices when the stakes are high. This is a must-read book for parents and parents-to-be, and for the medical professionals who care for us.”

—Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules

“Jennifer Margulis’ searing and well-researched exposé is a must-read for expectant mothers. Whether she is discussing common obstetric practices, circumcision, vaccination, breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, diapering, or choosing a pediatrician, she points the way to rational, health-based decision-making.”

–Ina May Gaskin, midwife and author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth