Bookshelf: The Business of Baby

Saturday, 06 April 2013 22:23 Written by  Alexandra Grabbe

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Last week we had a cottage guest who’s a writer. 


Since Wendy came alone, I invited her to have a glass of wine with us.  We discussed Wellfleet, New Bedford where she grew up, and how difficult it is to become a success writing prose.  The stars have to be aligned in a certain way, as they seem to be for Grub Street artistic director Chris Castellani, whose novel All This Talk of Love got a review in The New York Times.  I have another friend whose latest book will also be reviewed by the NYT, in the coveted Book Review.  Despite this honor, Jennifer is struggling with the possiblity of being denied travel money for promotion.  (Did you know that if publishing companies do not see high enough pre-order numbers, they withhold travel money?)  I decided to post my review a week early in the hope that some of you will pre-order.  



The Business of Baby is an important book.  Check out the subtitle: 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.  Jennifer Margulis investigates how corporations put their interests ahead of those of Baby.  Did you know formula manufacturers do their utmost to discourage breast-feeding, which is the best type of nourishment for Baby?  Find out why more women than ever before are having caesarians. Would you connect circumcision with high-end beauty products?  The author reveals the biotech industry buys foreskins from hospitals, where doctors encourage circumcision.   Everyone has heard of parents who believe vaccination may lead to autism, but few of us have examined the actual vaccination schedule for today’s newborns and thought about whether all those vaccinations are necessary.  Margulis also reports that early ultra-sound is bad for Baby. She makes young parents think twice about wrapping precious bottoms in disposable diapers, because they are made from petroleum-derived plastic, chemically treated pulverized trees and synthetic perfume, and explains how wearing disposable diapers actually delays the use of the potty.  Each chapter is followed by a list of stunning facts.  For instance Americans spend $27 million per day on plastic diapers. Jennifer Margulis did the legwork for millions of parents across our country. (Here’s a link to Jennifer's fun interview with professional mommy blogger Jessica Gottleib.)  Read The Business of Baby yourself, then give it to some young people who can really benefit from the information the book contains. 


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