Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?: Collective Wisdom on Creating a Family from Conception to Birth and Beyond

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Aust Council for Ed Research, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 290 pages
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Every step of the journey to become a parent, while exciting, can also be daunting with countless choices and varying advice. In Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?, parents from around the world speak personally and honestly about their experiences of assisted conception, pregnancy, birth, sex, relationships, and raising children. Woven between the stories are insights and tips - as well as evidence-based information and recommended further reading - about the topics referred to in the stories. Unlike other books on parenting, this is not another prescriptive book by an 'expert.' The experiences and wisdom of the parents who contributed to this book will surprise you, make you laugh, cry, feel encouraged, and supported. For those who are about to become a parent or who are thinking of having children, the stories will offer insight into the process, both physical and emotional, and assist in the journey of creating a family.
 

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Contents

1 Conception isnt always straightforward
1
2 Pregnancy
27
3 Birth and postpartum
59
4 Babies
94
5 Motherhood
129
6 Fatherhood
165
7 Families come in all shapes and sizes
197
Resources
238
Epilogue
265
Research
265
How to start a support group
265
Glossary
265
References and further reading
265
Index
287
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About the author (2010)

Rebecca Griffin is a mother of three and has worked in the mental health field for ten years in Australia and Ireland. She has degrees in psychology and management. She has published academic papers, and has contributed to and edited many books and articles in mental health. She believes that empowerment is achieved through the sharing of narrative and is an active campaigner for human rights.

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