PARENT SAVVY, Straight Answers
to Your Family’s Financial, Legal & Practical Questions
by Nihara K.
Published by Nolo
Publishing, a respected organization dedicated to educating consumers,
Parent Savvy is a nice attempt by a main stream author to touch
on the many options pregnant and new parents have.
Unfortunately, the main stream bias overpowers many areas by
discrediting options that are time-tested to be safe.
For example, the discussion of birth plans includes mention of
midwives of all kinds, but gives short shrift to non-nurse midwives by
stressing that they are not nurses while failing to point out that
birth is normal and studies fail to confirm the need for medical care
for the vast majority of American women.
Another area that is
covered is where to give birth. The
author covers hospital birth in depth, but obviously has no first hand
experience regarding home birth.
No mention of unnecessary interventions as a disadvantage for
hospital birth, but the author states that the reason most American
women choose not to give birth at homne is because you cannot find a
physician to attend you there, emergency care for those inevitable
complications is not available and you can’t ghet you’re epidural
at home! Eek!
breastfeeding, there is little in this book to recommend it.
The author basically looks at breastfeeding as a legal topic,
rather than as womanly art, and so directs the reader to state laws.
Where are the practical answers to someone with breastfeeding
problems? Not in this
book! The default resource for all issues is www.babycenter.com,
a main stream site supported by main stream ads hawking breast pumps
Perhaps the problems I
have with this book are that the author should have restricted herself
to the areas with which she was most familiar – the legal ones.
The book gives good information about choosing childcare,
health insurance issues, college savings plans, tax breaks, wills and
making your home safer for your newest family member.
Relying on this book for those topics may be helpful for many
Reviewed by Roberta