Synopses & Reviews
Making and having babies'"what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver'"has mystified women and men for the whole of human history. The birth gurus of ancient times told newlyweds that simultaneous orgasms were necessary for conception and that during pregnancy a woman should drink red wine but not too much and have sex but not too frequently. Over the last one hundred years, depending on the latest prevailing advice, women have taken morphine, practiced Lamaze, relied on ultrasound images, sampled fertility drugs, and shopped at sperm banks.
In Get Me Out, the insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here is an entertaining must-read'"and an enlightening celebration of human life.
"Randi Hutter Epstein's book is full of delightful—and sometimes disturbing—anecdotes." NPR
"Engagingly combining wit and wisdom, Epstein traces humanity's relationship and obsession with its own reproduction . . . dynamic reading, to be sure." Booklist
"[A] fascinating and powerful recounting of conception and childbirth." Science News
"Epstein's fine history of childbirth . . . carefully describes both the introduction and progress of new methods and the mind-sets that have generated, encouraged, accompanied and justified them." Boston Sunday Globe
Making and having babies--what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver--have mystified women and men throughout human history. The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science. Here is an entertaining must-read--an enlightening celebration of human life.
"[An] engrossing survey of the history of childbirth."--Stephen Lowman,
From a witty, relentlessly inquisitive medical writer, an eye-opening history of pregnancy and birthing joys and debacles.
About the Author
Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., is a medical journalist who has written for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and