Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood

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Hachette Books, May 15, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 352 pages
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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All time classic. At times terrifying, at times incredibly uplifting, it's the story of pregnancy through the eyes of a biologist and environmental toxicologist. So much more science based that most pregnancy books, but also much more beautifully written than most science books. Read full review

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According to many popular guidebooks, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting are happy experiences that proceed smoothly to bliss and contentment. Wolf and Steingraber beg to differ. Both feminist ... Read full review


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Sandra Steingraber, PhD, is the author of Living Downstream, Having Faith, and Raising Elijah. An internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, she is a visiting scholar at Ithaca College, New York.

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