Over the past 3+ years, since my own unnecessary cesarean, I have read countless books, watched numerous films, and read every article on childbirth and maternal and newborn care. I can’t get enough. My own experience changed my life and set me on this path… this desire for not only knowledge and education, but for change.
I recently received the new book by Jennifer Margulis: The Business of Baby. In short: I couldn’t put the book down (and I have two small children that need constant attention and entertainment). Margulis really got it right and this book is an absolute MUST READ for everyone. I’m adding it to my personal library as a new favorite, buying another copy for my lending library (for pregnant and new moms and our ICAN chapter), and plan on buying it for newly pregnant friends. I honestly wish I could buy one for everyone I know and make them read it; I’ve already told countless people about it.
Margulis shares results and statistics from in-depth research, but don’t worry–the book is an easy read. There’s even a glossary in the back for terms that you may be unfamiliar with from the medical world. In addition to the research and stats, Margulis includes interviews and compelling personal stories… it’s heartbreaking to know these women and families are not alone–their stories are not the only ones.
The Business of Baby covers much more than birth in the US–Margulis includes all the important and hot topics surrounding birth. We see: prenatal care (do you know what’s in your prenatal vitamins?!), potential dangers of ultrasounds, childbirth, cesareans, perinatal practices (what are you paying for after your baby is born?), circumcision, unethical practices of formula manufacturers, lies of disposable diaper companies (how early could your baby really potty train?), vaccinations (too many, too soon?), well-baby care, and what’s next.
It all comes down to the same: money. The book tagline says it all: “What doctors don’t tell you, what corporations try to sell you, and how to put your baby before their bottom line.”
I know that most people will find the (much needed!) information in The Business of Baby surprising and incredibly educating. There were many things I learned from Margulis–including the sale of foreskins from hospital circumcisions, how early I could have potty-trained my son (this book is a couple of years too late! lol), and the dangers of ultrasound. Margulis asks the questions that every parent should be asking.
One thing Margulis does NOT do with The Business of Baby: force an opinion on the reader. This book is extremely well written with facts, sources to back up the research, and–most importantly–the information for the reader to form their own opinion. It urges parents to become informed and make the best decision for their family.
The Business of Baby was officially launched on April 16th, so you can pick up your copy today! PLEASE DO and please share. I can’t say enough about this book, there’s so much information in it that I want to share with the world and it should be in every home. Thank you, Jennifer Margulis, for your work on this eye-opening book.
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She has worked in international development on a child survival campaign, and in international human rights advocacy. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Ms. magazine, More, Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, and The Walt Disney Internet Group.