Friday, May 6, 2011

Feature Friday -- The Mommy MD Guide Book Series (Book Review)

If you missed my Spotlight on Mommy interview with Jennifer Bright Reich this past Monday, click here to read it now.  Today, I wanted to take a few minutes and share my thoughts on one of The Mommy MD Guide Books that I have read recently. 


  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Momosa Publishing LLC; Original edition (June 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984480404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984480401
  • Buy now at Amazon.
 Dr. Spock is dead. Familiar pregnancy books are outdated. Neither of them speak to the mom who needs advice when her child cries in the night. To whom do women turn for the latest information and advice about conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood? The Mommy MD Guides The first book in our Mommy MD Guides book series, The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, is filled with tips that doctors who are also mothers use for their own families during their own pregnancies and births. To create it, we spoke with 60 doctors who are also mothers; we call them Mommy MD Guides. We spoke with many Mommy MD Guides who are still in the trenches with their babies. Some of them were even pregnant when we talked. We also spoke with Mommy MD Guides whose babies are grown up with babies of their own. They are Grammy MD Guides! Combined, these physicians have centuries of experience as doctors, and among them they have 146 children. The 900+ reassuring, trusted, and often even humorous tips in this book are presented in the Mommy MD Guides own words, and each tip is clearly attributed to the doctor who lived it. Because doctors so often see the things that can go wrong, they try to do everything as right as they can for their own health and for that of their families. Physicians are a healthier group than the whole. Even though women physicians sometimes will just suffer with things that take time and that affect them alone, pregnancy is different. Most doctors go the extra mile to take care of their own bodies while they are carrying their babies. The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth offers tips on both the challenges and also the celebrations of pregnancy. You will discover how Mommy MD Guides made it through pesky pregnancy challenges such as morning sickness, back pain, and heartburn, and you will also learn how they enjoyed wonderful celebrations of pregnancy such as telling their partners the good news, baby showers, and meeting their babies for the first time. This book is a reassuring look at pregnancy that is filled with practical, actionable tips that work. After all, if a physician juggling a busy practice and a hectic home or a resident working 110 hours a week used a tip, no doubt it worked. And if it worked for her, it will likely work for you too. The book is divided into 43 chapters, one for each week of pregnancy plus chapters about the birth. Each chapter opens with a Your Baby This Week section and is filled with tips about the topics particular to that week. In addition to more than 900 tips in the book, it features the following three types of sidebars. When to Call Your Doctor or Midwife sidebars offer critical information of when to seek medical help. Mommy MD Guide Recommended Product sidebars feature products that Mommy MD Guides found invaluable during their pregnancies, including cost and availability information. MomMy Time sidebars suggest ways for moms-to-be to relax, de-stress, and enjoy this amazing, wonderful time in their lives. Welcome to the Mommy MD Guides!

My Review:

The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth: More than 900 tips that 60 doctors who are also mothers use during their own pregnancies and births, is an amazing resource for first-time moms, as well as moms who are expecting again.  I wish I had read this book prior to Savannah's birth.  After reading a stack of pregnancy books I still felt unprepared and had many questions and anxieties regarding my pregnancy and labor.  What I loved most about this book is that it was written by others moms, who are also doctors.  The tips were great, and just what I was looking for and didn't receive from other pregnancy books. 

Now that I am expecting our second child, due this November, I have highlighted sections that will help make the second time around a little easier and less stressful.  I have a few friends who are also expecting and shared this book with them.  They couldn't stop raving about what they learned and how some of their anxieties were eased through the useful tips and information provided in the book. 

I will definitely be giving this book as a baby shower gift going forward.  I can't wait to read other books in this series.

More about Jennifer Bright Reich:

Jennifer is the “mom next door,” navigating the challenges of motherhood by making the most of fabulous tips she’s learned from her own doctors, family, and friends to parent her sons, four-year-old Tyler and two-year-old Austin, with her husband, Mike.

Jennifer is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of publishing experience. She has contributed to more than 150 books and published more than 100 magazine and newspaper articles. Jennifer created the website, the site designed to save families traveling to Disney World with kids save money, time, and sanity.

Jennifer proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army for four years, including one year working directly for the three Commanding Generals of I Corps and Fort Lewis, Washington.

After that, Jennifer worked for seven years on staff at Rodale before launching her own editorial services business, Bright Communications LLC, in 2004.

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Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of The Mommy MD Guide Book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine above.

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