To Carry Wonder: A Memoir and Guide to Adventures in Pregnancy and Beyond
To Carry Wonder is a new type of pregnancy book, a two-in-one keepsake. It's a curated blend of story and evidence-based insight--a nurturing companion and guide for mamas and mamas-to-be. Keeping mothers' unique and varied needs in mind, Parker draws from her own personal and clinical experiences with pregnancy, providing practical support via candid memoirs and conversational heart-to-hearts. In each chapter, she weaves art with science and humor with reflection--preparing her readers to cultivate wholeness through pregnancy and beyond.
Through four 'trimesters, ' weekly topics cover: mental health and body image, intimacy and relationships, nutrition and activity, health care rights and providers, relaxation and sleep, labor or Cesarean birth prep, connecting with and feeding your baby, support-person tips, returning to work or school, and so much more!
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"Part best-friend-telling-it-like-it-is, part expert-practitioner-advising-you, To Carry Wonder is a beautifully crafted pregnancy-through-postpartum
guide. Packed with practical and professional advice, tools, and resources, enchanting artwork, and must-have appendices, Emese Parker has
created something unique-a relatable, information-packed book that will leave readers feeling understood, educated, and wishing they could meet
up with Emese for lunch, or perhaps, a playdate."
-Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D., maternal mental health expert, #1; best-selling
author of This is How We Grow & 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise
"This is a must-have . . . A treasure trove of valuable information, resources, and references that focus on the physical and mental health of women
during each stage of pregnancy and the first months after giving birth."
-Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut, School of Nursing
"I felt like the author was sitting beside me sharing her personal pregnancy and early motherhood journey with grace, humor, and style. I found myself laughing out loud and my eyes filling with tears. . ."
-Allyssa L. Harris, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC, & Dean and Professor,
Prairie View A&M University, College of Nursing
"[Parker shares] the experience of pregnancy and postpartum . . . [with] a whimsical and personal tone [and] valuable educational content that is
well-researched and up-to-date. She takes complex topics and illustrates them for readers in an approachable way. . . . I was particularly pleased and impressed to see both the breadth and depth of information on mental health topics that are frequent during this vulnerable perinatal time. I
would highly recommend this as reading for anyone planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant, or in the early postpartum stage."
-Anna Glezer, MD, Certified Integrative Psychiatrist
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco
"Informative, with up-to-date medical information, yet lighthearted with plenty LOL moments. You will feel like you are in a book club with your
best pals while gaining valuable knowledge. . . . I will definitely encourage my patients to read this book, not only for the educational value but to
assure them that their symptoms are experienced by many and overcome by most. Wish I had this book when I was expecting!"
-Lexie Morales, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist
"Informative and poignant. With humor and candor, Emese walks readers through the weeks of pregnancy in an easy-to-read format. This is an
invaluable book for those who are pregnant and their partners."
-Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing
"To Carry Wonder is a unique blend of earnest memoir and technical week by-week pregnancy guide. [Parker's] ambitious compendium is packed
with tips and resources and is especially useful for the person navigating pregnancy for the first time. . . .Parker's is a supportive and encouraging voice to have along on your ever-changing pregnancy journey."
-Miriam Schultz, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford School of Medicine,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
"This is a great resource for mothers and partners . . . [and] could be useful to doulas, student midwives, and antenatal teachers. While aimed at a
U.S.-based audience, much of the content could easily be transferred to other countries."
-Dianne Garland, FRCM, SRN, RM, ADM, PGCEA, MSc