The Business of Baby

  • by Jennifer Margulis
  • Narrated by Rebecca Jenkins
  • 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, does the United States have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world? Why do pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed receive "free" samples of infant formula from American obstetricians? Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease? The Business of Baby, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby's life, are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science. Rather, as the audiobook reveals, current cultural practices reflect how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests. An illuminating combination of meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis's impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory. The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.

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Customer Reviews

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very informative!

This book was full of studies and facts to back up its claim. worthwhile to anyone interested in the topic. my only criticism is the over emphasis on doctors and nurses emotional reactions as a type of evidence to support the authors point of view.
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- Jennifer

Worth a read but with some skepticism.

The author uses many parental stories and financial figures to induce fear and distrust in the current "American" health care system and capitalist society. I enjoyed this take on viewing pregnancy and parenting from the other side of the coin but as a Canadian I found it a bit over the top. Definitely worth a read to consider all the options and pros and cons behind the choices you make while pregnant and caring for your baby.
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- Rachael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2013
  • Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press