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April 1951

Alice in Motherland.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(4):604. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030615015

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The object of this book is to help prospective parents, particularly from the psychologic angle, deal with the problems which arise in the home because of pregnancy and the presence of a new baby. To develop her theme, the author has taken the liberty of using Lewis Carroll's Alice, for her purpose now grown to womanhood, married and pregnant, as the central character in her narrative. Two adult-minded infant spirits from babyland, Sunshine and Gloomy, act as mentors instead of the White Rabbit. These agreeable personalities discuss with Alice and her husband the importance of full partnership throughout the momentous experience of pregnancy; the proper social attitudes on Alice's part; what the husband can do to help his wife through this period; the importance of avoiding worry; the advantages of "rooming-in" of the newborn baby; the attitudes of older children in the family toward the mother and the new baby;

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