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August 18, 1956

Preparing for Motherhood: A Manual for Expectant Parents

JAMA. 1956;161(16):1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970160080028

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The first chapter of this book emphasizes our modern philosophy that having a baby is a family affair and that education concerning pregnancy and labor concerns the husband as well as the wife. An intelligent, well-informed father will make the birth of his child a wonderful experience and may save the physician much grief. The story of human reproduction is told in a friendly and informative manner. The readers are told about the signs and symptoms of normal pregnancy as well as some of its complications. Prenatal care in all its aspects is discussed, and many questions that inevitably arise in the course of pregnancy are answered. Experiences in the hospital, pain relief and anesthesia, and the feeding of the newborn infant are presented; throughout the book the author emphasizes the fact that knowledge and understanding are important ingredients in the preparation of the mother for childbirth. The book is

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