Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood

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Perseus Pub., 2001 - Family & Relationships - 342 pages
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A brilliant writer, first-time mother, and respected biologist, Sandra Steingraber tells the month-by-month story of her own pregnancy, weaving in the new knowledge of embryology, the intricate development of organs, the emerging architecture of the brain, and the transformation of the mother's body to nourish and protect the new life. At the same time, she shows all the hazards that we are now allowing to threaten each precious stage of development, including the breast-feeding relationship between mothers and their newborns. In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother's body is the first environment, the mediator between the toxins in our food, water, and air and her unborn child.Never before has the metamorphosis of a few cells into a baby seemed so astonishingly vivid, and never before has the threat of environmental pollution to conception, pregnancy, and even to the safety of breast milk been revealed with such clarity and urgency. In Having Faith, poetry and science combine in a passionate call to action.A Merloyd Lawrence Book

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User Review  - Aimee Jodoin - Goodreads

Anyone woman (or man) who has ever considered having a child should read this book. The combination of personal anecdotes and science make this is eye-opening! Read full review

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User Review  - Leeann - Goodreads

As someone who was reading this for its literary value, I wish there was more narrative to it. I couldn't really handle most of the science descriptions and found myself skipping over them to get to the story. But, she wrote this as a science book so if you're okay with that you may like it! Read full review



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Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and taught for several years at Columbia College, Chicago. Recently, she briefed U.N. delegates in Geneva on breast milk contamination. She is currently on the faculty at Cornell University.

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