The Business of Baby by Jennifer Margulis
What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line

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“The Business of Baby” is dominated by an emotional dynamic that feels oddly dated: in Margulis’s telling, doctors are supercilious, dismissive or hostile, and their female patients are naïve, cowed and submissive.
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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 pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed receive “free” samples of infant formula from American obstetricians? Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease? The Business of Baby, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science, revealing how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests. An illuminating combination of meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis’s impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory. The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.
 

About Jennifer Margulis

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Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and a Schuster Institute Fellow at Brandeis University. She has worked in international development on a child survival campaign, and in interational 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.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Scribner. 369 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ANNIE MURPHY PAUL on May 10 2013

“The Business of Baby” is dominated by an emotional dynamic that feels oddly dated: in Margulis’s telling, doctors are supercilious, dismissive or hostile, and their female patients are naïve, cowed and submissive.

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