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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.

©2013 Jennifer Margulis (P)2013 Post Hypnotic Press

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  • Jennifer
  • 2016-05-30

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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  • Rachael
  • 2016-01-29

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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  • S. C.
  • 2015-06-27

Great content, but long

I really enjoyed the content of this book. I did feel at times the writer reiterated many points from earlier in the book. I feel like the book could've been a lot shorter. But still worth the read.

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  • B. Berger
  • 2015-05-04

The best book for alternative options

This book goes where most other books do not. It gives facts and tells you alternatives. I love this book and feel much more informed. You can still do your research and make your own opinions but this gives the side that is much less talked about. This book and another book Expecting Better both laid out some realities that are very much over looked in the traditional baby books. Be informed and don't be dropped by the large companies, hospitals and doctors who have little time to spend with you and your little one.

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  • Rachel
  • 2015-04-25

Very informative

A lot of great information, some I agree with and some not but overall loved it.
I would suggest this book to new mother or mothers to be.

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  • Alicia
  • 2015-04-12

Eye opening facts - Knowledge is Power

Must read for all expectant mothers .
Great Narrator .. Easy to follow and understand. Your Baby will be thankful you read this book .

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  • Sharon Jared
  • 2015-03-07

Must-read book for pregnancy

Very informative book on the business side of pregnancy and how money influences doctors' decisions.

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  • Lisa
  • 2016-10-19

Really interesting

All very relavent info, well organized. Easy to follow, and listen to. I was already aware of lots of the info. thanks

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  • Natasha
  • 2016-10-13

Turned into an Anti- Vaxxer Book

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I was on board with this book 100% until it basically became an anti-vaxxer book in the last part. Hell, I'm all for going with the European vaccination schedule or delaying vaccines until 12 months. I also think requiring more research into how vaccinations interact with each other in a child's body is needed. But when the author starts defending people who choose not to vaccinate their children at all? UH-UH. The author's credibility went right out the window. The author even claims that our bodies have "evolved" to not get polio and other diseases that ravaged us in prior generations and we don't need vaccines. WTF? Funnily enough the anti-vaxxer section of the book is the one part you will notice is lacking in research citations. Hmmn...Funny how that is!

It makes me sad because now I'm doubting all the other information in the book that I thought was good, like, making sure your baby gets all of his cord blood and always follow the money for everything whether its diapers and potty training to breast feeding vs. baby formula.

You know the author put the anti-vaxxer crap at the end of the book cause she knew that a reader with common sense would have quit the book on the spot if it was in the beginning or middle. I'm giving it 4 stars because the OTHER information in the book is still vaild. I hope.

SIGH.

I'm a pretty liberal person-- But for God's sake, vaccinate your kids people.

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  • Erin
  • 2014-01-03

Terrible book not backed up by fact

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who are into conspiracy theories and anecdotes.

What was most disappointing about Jennifer Margulis’s story?

As a pregnant woman reading this book, I felt like the author was trying to scare the crap out of me without providing much evidence. Moral of the story, according to the author, is doctors are bad and mothers can do everything by themselves. It was so terrible I couldn't finish the book, as I felt my head was being filled with misinformation and garbage

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