Book Review: From the Hips

Book Review: From the Hips

Alejandra Valera
May 23, 2007

For many first-time mothers
the questions and choices faced during pregnancy can be totally mind-blowing. All you really want are some straightforward, nonjudgmental answers.

Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris deliver with From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent.

Authors Rebecca Odes (one of the founders of and Ceridwen Morris are two friends with two different parenting styles but both agree that, "We just wanted a book that would guide us through the choices and issues we might face without pushing an agenda, being condescending, or using scare tactics."

After speaking with countless midwives, parents and doctors, Morris and Odes have compiled a book that has up-to-date information and present it in a way that makes you feel as though you are speaking with a close friend who just tells it to you how it is. We often found ourselves nodding and saying, "Yes, that is so true!" while reading From the Hips.

Odes and Morris give you information (both pros and cons) on topics such as nursing, circumcision, parenting styles, c-sections, stroller types, daycare search, homebirths and more. What we loved most are the "Ten Anti-Rules for Parents-In-Progress" they've opened the book with, which include:

• Everyone�s an expert, but you�re the authority on yourself and your baby.
• Confidence is more important than instinct.
• Babies are people, not problems.
• There is no right way.

And for new parents, sometimes just being told that there is NO RIGHT WAY is the best thing you can hear.

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