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The Post-Pregnancy Handbook
by Sylvia Brown with Mary Dowd Struck, R.N., M.S., C.N.M.

While a number of books exist which deal with various aspects of the postnatal experience - breastfeeding, exercise, motherhood, post-partum depression - this is the first complete source of information on what a woman experiences both physically and emotionally in the days, weeks and months after childbirth. It is also the only book in its field which balances medical advice with practical tips and numerous references to alternative remedies. From Sylvia Brown, a mother, and Mary Dowd Struck, RN, MS, CNM, a nurse/midwife, comes The Post-Pregnancy Handbook, a wonderfully comprehensive, honest self-help guide which every new (and repeat) mother should keep by her bedside.

Brown and Struck give detailed guidance on:

The First Few Days

  • discomfort from the after-effects of labor or a cesarean
  • making the hospital stay more pleasant
  • coping with possible medical complications

The First Few Weeks

  • organizing home life with a new baby
  • surviving fatigue
  • breastfeeding successfully
  • managing older siblings, parents and friends
  • introducing a new dimension to the couple (returning to sex after childbirth)
  • navigating the new mother's dietary needs
  • identifying and overcoming a range of emotional difficulties from "baby blues" to severe postnatal depression
  • dealing with stress, guilt and that elusive maternal instinct

The First Year

  • achieving a complete physical recovery: how to get back into shape from the inside out
  • restoring strength and tone to the pelvic floor
  • countering the legacies of pregnancy: problems with hair, skin, and varicose veins

A thorough, straightforward guide to helping the new mother achieve an effective and harmonious recovery.

Sylvia Brown wrote The Post-Pregnancy Handbook in response to her own frustration at the lack of comprehensive information on the mother in the weeks and months after childbirth. This is her first book.

Trained as a nurse midwife at Columbia University, Mary Dowd Struck, RN, MS, CNM has been Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island since 1986 and has been a Teaching Associate in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University School of Medicine since 1994. Before her current appointment, she was both a nurse and administrator at hospitals across Rhode Island and New York.

To Purchase:
   • The Post-Pregnancy Handbook at
   • The Post-Pregnancy Handbook at Amazon UK
   • The Post-Pregnancy Handbook at Amazon Canada


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