Synopses & Reviews
With ongoing advances in assisted reproduction, more women than ever before are having multiple births — especially triplets and quadruplets — and they"re having them later in life. Because every multiple birth is by definition a special needs birth, parents of multiples need all the knowledge available to promote a successful outcome.
Having Twins — and More provides expectant mothers with everything they need to make informed choices and to give birth at term to healthy babies. This comprehensive handbook emphasizes nutrition as well as the physical and emotional adaptation to carrying and raising
multiples, while offering new insights into the risks, complications, and treatments — candid information that is assembled only in this book.
New to this edition:
• New information on the proper feeding of multiples, cesarean
section and recovery, helping older siblings adjust, and multiples with special needs
• More than 100 new photographs, charts, and tables
• Essential exercises for pregnancy and recovery
• An invaluable resource section, expanded to include Internet resources
The bestselling bible on multiple births is a comprehensive, commonsense guide that accompanies parents on their journey from conception through preschool.
Now in a third edition, the best-selling guide on multiple births, Having Twins - and More, covers everything from conception through childhood.
With ongoing advances in assisted reproduction, increasing numbers of women are having twins, triplets, and more, and they're having them later in life. Having Twins -- and More is the original source parents consult for guidance through the multiple birth experience.
For three decades Elizabeth Noble, a respected name in the field, has provided expectant parents with everything they need to make informed, safe choices and give birth to healthy babies. This comprehensive handbook emphasizes optimal health as well as physical and emotional adjustments to bearing and raising multiples, and it offers striking new insights into risks, complications, and treatments -- candid information that is gathered only in this book.
Featuring tips on setting goals, assembling help, and reducing anxiety the latest nutritional information for mother and child details about the dangers of drugs and bed rest essential exercises for pregnancy and recovery information on the benefits of vaginal birth and breastfeeding facts about cesarean section and recovery tips for helping siblings adjust recommendations for parenting multiples with special needs more than 100 new photographs, charts, and tables exhaustive resources, expanded to include the Internet
Considers the needs of prospective multiple-birth parents.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -545) and index.
About the Author
Elizabeth Noble is the author of seven books, including Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, Childbirth with Insight, and Having Your Baby by Donor Insemination. She is the founder of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and of the Maternal and Child Health Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Contents Foreword by Louis Keith, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. vii Acknowledgments xi Introduction xiii 1 The Fascination with Multiple Births 1 2 How Are Multiples Formed? 27 3 Who Has Multiples? 51 4 Awaiting Multiples: Parentsand#8217; Feelings and Practical Considerations 63 5 Bonding with Multiples 87 6 Sharing Space: Twinship Experiences in Utero 101 7 Potential Hazards of Multiple Pregnancy 109 8 How to Give Your Babies the Best Chance with Optimal Nutrition 147 9 Prenatal Care and Screening Tests 195 10 How to Prepare for a Multiple Birth 213 11 Labor and Birth of Multiples 233 12 Caesarean Delivery of Multiples 269 13 The Feeding of Multiple Infants 281 14 Caring for Two or More 303 15 As Multiples Grow 323 16 Having Supertwins: Triplets, Quads, and More 335 17 The Older Sibling/s 357 18 Some Special Features of Twinship 363 19 Treatments to Prolong Pregnancy and#151; To Prevent Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight 383 20 The Care of Multiples Born Too Soon (Premies) 405 21 Multiples with Special Needs 429 22 The Death of a Multiple: Parentsand#8217; Perspectives 435 23 Survivors of a Twin Pregnancy 453 Appendix 1: Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) 469 Appendix 2: Declaration of the Rights and Statement of Needs of Twins and Higher-Order Multiples 471 Appendix 3: Biography Becomes Biology! 477 Appendix 4: Summary of Essential Prenatal Exercises 479 Appendix 5: Summary of Essential Postpartum Exercises 481 Appendix 6: Summary of Essential Exercises after a Caesarean 483 Appendix 7: Posture Checklist 485 Appendix 8: Medical Risks of Epidural Anesthesia during Childbirth 487 Appendix 9: Plans for Parents and Hospital Personnel in the Event of Loss 489 Glossary 495 Resources 503 Bibliography and Further Reading 529 Photo Credits 546 Index 547