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Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? True Stories of New Motherhood by Melanie Bowden

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? True Stories of New Motherhood

by Melanie Bowden

156 pages
Real women's stories of first-time motherhood.

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About the Book
Life with a baby can be joyous, exhausting, thrilling, and chaotic—sometimes all before noon! Yet many new parents fear they will be judged harshly if they talk about the daily challenges a baby brings. The women in Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? break the silence.

You'll meet thirteen women, including:

• Amy, whose baby suffered from colic.
• Melissa, who was devastated about her c-section.
• Eleanor, whose baby came a month early.
• Beth, who struggled with breastfeeding.
• Jennifer, whose baby couldn't leave the hospital right away.

These first-time moms tell you what worked, and what didn't, as they adjusted to parenting. Conflicts with relatives, postpartum depression, and single parenting are just a few of the many topics discussed.

If you've found that motherhood can be overwhelming at times, you are not alone! The strategies these women learned, along with advice from experts, will help to guide you through the rough patches that every new mother experiences.

Reviews:

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? helps bust the motherhood myths with sensitivity, honesty, and a ‘tell it like it is’ approach.”
Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D., President of Postpartum Assistance for Mothers and co-author of Beyond the Blues

“The stories Bowden tells, in addition to her reflections on the circumstances that each mother faced, contain not only realistic depictions of motherhood, but also helpful insights and strategies to cope with being a new mom. This book has real news for new moms.”
Claudia Heilbrunn, Life Coach for first-time moms

“These courageous women do not grab the headlines, but grab our hearts and our attention. They speak for the vast majority of new mothers everywhere who have discovered that this highly charged, emotional phase of life is one for which most are unprepared. Bowden drives home the old adage that education is the first line of defense.”
Ilyene Barsky, MSW, Founder and Director of The Center for Postpartum Adjustment

“As a birth and postpartum doula, I feel this book is a ‘must have’ in a new parent’s library. The days and weeks following the birth of a baby are not always as easy as some make it seem. In this wonderfully written book, women can find first-hand information, advice, and resources about the possible struggles they may face.”
Jennifer Rode, Certified Doula (Doulas of North America)

"Being a first-time mom is hard enough. Books like this make it all that much easier."
Marie D. Jones, Curled Up With a Good Book

"Bowden does a great service to mothers everywhere, and to their children and partners, by bringing attention to the hard parts of motherhood amidst all its blessings."
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., co-author of Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships

 

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About the Author
Melanie Bowden Melanie Bowden is a postpartum doula and mother of two. She has written for over eighty publications including Twins, South Florida Parenting, and Jugglezine. Her work in the parenting field was featured in the book Ready, Aim, Specialize! She also teaches infant massage and workshops on new parent issues.

 

 

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