To Carry Wonder: A Memoir and Guide to Adventures in Pregnancy and Beyond


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Larkwell Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.31 inches | 1.89 pounds

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About the Author

Emese Parker is a registered nurse, board-certified women's health nurse practitioner (NP), and certified perinatal mental health specialist. After completing bachelor of science degrees in exercise science and nursing, Parker earned her master of science in nursing from Boston College, and master of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Parker has over twenty years of experience in healthcare, specializing in women's health since 2008. She has partnered with women of all ages in various Ob-Gyn settings, advocating for them as they navigate their distinct journeys through life. Her devotion to improving care for the underserved has fueled her involvement in public health leadership positions with organizations like the University of California San Francisco and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Health Disparities Collaborative.


"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

Midwifery Today