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Scribner is pleased to announce the publication of award-winning journalist Jennifer Margulis’s groundbreaking book: THE BUSINESS OF BABY (Scribner, April 16, 2012). In this important work of investigative journalism Margulis provides an eye-opening look into the common misconceptions of pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life, revealing how the medical-industrial complex and corporate interests often take precedence over the health and welfare of mother and child.
Margulis asks probing questions: 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 American obstetricians and nurses gives pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed free samples of infant formula? Why are American newborns vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease? And she provides- through research and interviews- the answers to these questions and many others, about everything from ultrasounds to cesareans.
Whether or not you’re a mother, Margulis’s revelations will shock you. Prenatal vitamins contain carcinogenic ingredients; foreskins from circumcised newborns are sold to the beauty and artificial skin industry; and the leading proponent of delayed potty training is a paid spokesperson for Pampers. Her impassioned critique reveals how business interests and profit margins undermine the health of pregnant women and their babies.
Through interviews with leading doctors, nurses, midwives, corporations and scientists, Margulis explores the relationship between the vast money-making business of pregnancy and early child care, and the advice-both medical and behavioral- parents are given. Margulis’s passion for her subject and her vast knowledge and experience (she is a mother of four) is evident on every page. I encourage you to pick up THE BUSINESS OF BABY, to empower yourself, and your audience, with the information parents need in order to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.
The Business of Baby
April 16, 2013; $27.00; 368 pages
About the author:
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She has worked in international development on a child survival campaign, and in international human rights advocacy. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Ms. magazine, More, Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, and The Walt Disney Internet Group.
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