Debut authors Burke and Lockett offer a guidebook on what new parents may expect from pregnancy, birth and the first year of their baby’s life.
This brief preparatory guide is geared toward readers undergoing the transformative experience of welcoming a new baby into their lives. The authors touch on some aspects of pregnancy, such as how the mother’s health affects the fetus’s, and how three-dimensional ultrasounds can give expectant parents an amazingly clear picture of their baby’s appearance. It also discusses the health and care of a newborn, information about Apgar scores (a quick measure of newborn health), the merits of breastfeeding and the importance of regular postnatal checkups. It contains general guideposts for a baby’s development through its first year and addresses emotional, physical and cognitive growth. There’s a frank discussion about the vast array of physical, emotional and lifestyle changes that parents undergo after the birth of a baby, and of the enormous responsibility that comes with being a parent. The authors offer great expertise, as Burke is a longtime pediatrician and Lockett is a neonatal intensive care nurse and certified lactation counselor. They include charming photographs, mostly of Lockett’s infant son, to support the text, but the images often have the feel of a family photo album. Although the book offers up a hefty dose of positive information about having a baby, it doesn’t provide in-depth information about any single topic. However, it’s a quick read that touches on many common questions and issues, and provides satisfying, abridged information about the astonishing gifts and burdens that come with new babies.
A well-researched, cursory guide to pregnancy and early parenting.