An up-to-date, factual guide for mothers-to-be. The three stages of pregnancy are discussed, interspersed with the subjects of weight gain, nutrition, common complaints such as nausea and morning sickness (a misnomer, as it can occur all day and evening, too!), prenatal care, and the five types of delivery and settings available. These include home births with lay persons in attendance (not recommended) and home births supervised professionally, as well as childbearing centers out of hospitals and hospital facilities with birthing rooms. Hawes and Lubic, general director of the Maternity Center Association in New York, discuss all of the advanced tests available today to placate worried couples, such as amniocentesis and ultrasound. Included also is a general discussion of some of the disorders of childbearing, including miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and breech births. Two appendixes for finding services nationwide round out this useful guide.