Your Developing Baby, Conception to Birth: Witnessing the Miraculous 9-Month Journey

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 20, 2008 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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Experience the miracle of life-with your own eyes

Congratulations, parents-to-be! You're about to embark on a momentous journey. Even more exciting, you're the first generation of parents who-thanks to 3D and conventional ultrasound-can actually “see” your child before he or she is born. This wonderful, one-of-a-kind guide, written by two Harvard professors, takes you through every stage of your baby's development, from conception to delivery-with more than 200 images and drawings to illustrate each glorious moment.

Get a guided tour of a baby's journey with:

  • Breathtaking 3D images of babies' faces, limbs, and other features
  • Detailed 2D ultrasounds of developing organs and bones inside the body
  • Visual pointers on what to look for, and what you're seeing, on the screen

With this illuminating guide, you'll be able to see how doctors determine if your baby is a boy or girl and whether you're having twins or multiples. You'll be able to watch the growth of your baby's hands, feet, heart, head, and more. Best of all, you'll be able to actively participate in the greatest journey of all: from single cell to bringing a new baby into the world.

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Library Journal starred review:
"Using 250 diagnostic ultrasound images, Harvard radiology professors Doubilet and Carol B. Benson present a marvelous book charting the growth of babies in the womb. . . . The authors well explain the different types of ultrasound and their medical uses, especially the 3D images that show the baby’s outer surface and the 2D images revealing the internal development of organs. This virtual tour of a life in the making will attract future parents in droves."
--Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL
" . . . an accessible and captivating text that guides readers through 9 months of pregnancy."


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Part 1 The Miraculous Journey to a New Life
First Trimester
Second and Third Trimesters
Twins Triplets and Beyond
Part 5 Healthy Mother Healthy Baby
Labor and Birth

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Page 5 - The end of the embryonic period and the beginning of the fetal period are arbitrarily designated by most embryologists to occur eight weeks after fertilization.
Page 153 - ASO is performed are born with the great vessels of the heart connected to the wrong ventricles: the aorta is connected to the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery to the left ventricle. The operation may last for 5-6 hours and is highly demanding both technically and in human terms.
Page 42 - ... varies from eleven to twenty-eight times the length of the body. 830. In ascertaining the comparative length of the alimentary canal in all these animals, naturalists have taken the length of the body in a straight line from the snout to the posterior extremity of the back-bone, but in man they have measured from the top of the head to the bottom of the heel ; and by this manifestly erroneous admeasurement, they have unfairly reduced the comparative length of the alimentary canal about one-half,...
Page 13 - The heart is divided by vertical septa into four chambers: the right and left atria and the right and left ventricles. The right atrium lies anterior to the left atrium, and the right ventricle lies anterior to the left ventricle.
Page 64 - There is a tricuspid valve between the atrium and ventricle on the right side of the heart, and a mitral valve between the two chambers on the left side of the heart.
Page 60 - ... in the back, and to the breastbone (sternum) in the front. The ribs and spine provide a rigid, protective cage around the lungs and heart.
Page 102 - We have now come to the end of our journey through the second and third trimesters.
Page 140 - The transabdominal approach (A) uses a needle inserted through the mother's abdomen and the wall of the uterus into the placenta.

About the author (2008)

Peter M. Doubilet, M.D., Ph.D., and Carol B. Benson, M.D., are both professors of radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is the senior vice chair of radiology and she is director of ultrasound and codirector of high-risk obstetrical ultrasound at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The married couple have five children together.

Roanne Weisman is a professional health writer.

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