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The Business of Baby by Jennifer Margulis from Scribner Books

Business of BabyManaging Editor's Note: We have a copy for one lucky reader. Leave a comment to enter.  

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


9781451636109 e-book

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.


Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., part of the CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and multi-media formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.



This book looks like one I just have to read... validating all those gut feelings I had while having babies... Our children were born at home, I just could't help that nagging feeling that all was not in our best interests in a hospital birth.


I would love to have this book!!


I can't wait to read this book and to ask Jennifer to speak at our next iMothering conference. We need more of this excellent information to be shared widely so that parents can make informed decisions for their own families.


It sounds like a real EYE-OPENER for all the moms out there.
A must have for all expectant couples.


one of my son's former support staff who is now like a sister to him is due any day. if i win this I am giving it to her! also going to spread the word aout this too!

Amy winter

Wish I would have had this book available 21 years ago when I started having babies. 9 beautiful kids later I am still learning. I strive to make sure that my kids learn how to question, investigate and research so their kids will be protected and informed better than I was.

Lin Wessels

Sounds both intriguing and informational. I'd love to read it!


I am so looking forward to reading this book! Jennifer is an excellent journalist and really does her homework. Can't wait!!!

Mary Littlefield Devine

I am so looking forward to buying my own real, live copy of this important book!

Laura Hayes

I would love to read this book! I am constantly talking to moms-to-be about the dangers of "standard of care" procedures in the hospital setting that are not healthy for mom or baby! It sounds like I might have yet another wonderful book to recommend to parents and grandparents!


I look forward to reading this. I don't look forward to the many moments of rage I'm likely to experience while reading it. Important stuff to know.

Laura Nance

Can't wait to read this book. As a perinatal professional who works with families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum I can say this is going to be great information for them to have!

Les miserables

Is nothing sacred? Of course we know the answer. When will the average American learn that *everything* is for sale in this country.

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