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Thursday, May 8, 2014

On Becoming A Mother by Brigid McConville - Book Review

About The Book:

A celebration of pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a new baby's life.

From the Mexican rebozo used to rock the belly and ease back pain during pregnancy to the Bengali practice of taking off a woman's bangles to help her visualize a speedy labor, from Arianna Huffington's advice for getting sleep in the early days of motherhood to Davina McCall's tribute to her midwife, from the inspiring proverbs on the kangas used to carry East African newborns on their mothers' backs to the Japanese ritual where Sumo wrestlers are asked to make infants cry, discover a world's worth of wisdom on becoming a mother.

My Thoughts:

As I get more and more excited about becoming a grandmother for the first time, I find myself reflecting back on my own experiences and memories of being a mom.  Having raised four wonderful sons to adulthood, I feel like I did a pretty good job, but I wouldn't have been near the mother I was if not for assistance and advice from my husband, my own mother, my mother-in-law, my aunts, etc.  All moms need to know what to expect and to know that someone else has experienced the exact things most mothers go through.

And this is the premise of Brigid McConville's book, "On Becoming A Mother: Welcoming Your Baby and Your New Life With Wisdom From Around The World."  McConville has gathered fascinating stories from women from all around the world in this book - from Africa to Japan to our own United States - all written for new moms and moms-to-be to find wisdom, strength and advice for their upcoming births or their newborn babes.

Each page contains a story, an idea, a lesson, and even songs and crafts that other mothers have found to be useful as they set out on the new path to motherhood. Even years after the birth of my last baby (he's 21 now!) I found I was learning new things as I read through this volume.

This is a perfect book for Mother's Day, for baby shower gifts, and for gifts for the new mother.  I highly recommend it!

About The Author:

Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Brigid McConville is a director of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, which is based in London and Washington, D.C. When she is not traveling the world to ensure the alliance’s mission that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all, she divides her time between London and the west country of England.

For more information on the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, check out their website at www.whiteribbonalliance.com

My thanks to the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

stacybuckeye said...

Looks like a great gift!