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The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

Alice Callahan

The Science of Mom blogger makes sense of research studies for new mothers.

It seems like every time a new mother turns on her computer, radio, or television, she is greeted with news of yet another scientific study about infancy. Ignoring good information isn't the right course, but just how does one tell the difference between solid studies, preliminary results, and snake oil?

In this friendly guide through the science of infancy, Science of Mom blogger and PhD scientist Alice Callahan explains how non-scientist mothers can learn the difference between hype and evidence. Readers of Alice's blog have come to trust her balanced approach, which explains the science that lies behind headlines. The Science of Mom is a fascinating, eye-opening, and extremely informative exploration of the topics that generate discussion and debate in the media and among parents. From breastfeeding to vaccines to sleep, Alice's advice will help you make smart choices so that you can relax and enjoy your baby.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: Sep 1st, 2015
  • Pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.90in - 6.00in - 0.70in - 0.90lb
  • EAN: 9781421417325
  • Recommended age: 18-UP
  • Categories: Perinatology & NeonatologyParenting - MotherhoodLife Stages - Infants & Toddlers - General

About the Author

Callahan, Alice: - Alice Callahan holds a PhD in nutritional biology from the University of California, Davis, and spent two years investigating fetal physiology as a postdoctoral scholar. After giving birth to her first child in 2010, she put her scientific training to work answering the big questions of caring for a baby. The creator of the blog Science of Mom: The Heart and Science of Parenting, she writes and teaches in Eugene, Oregon.
Praise for this book

Dr. Callahan isn't bossy, and isn't out to tell you what she thinks. Her book tells you what the science says, and explains how we know what we know, and what things we still need to learn more about. There's humility and warmth, here, which I think parents of newborns will find reassuring.

-- "The Pediatric Insider"

. . . a solid resource for any new parent or parent to be. Callahan does the work of sorting through the science of baby's first year, so you don't have to.

-- "Raise Healthy Eaters"

[Callahan] takes a compassionate, non-preachy approach with a goal of not telling the reader what to do but rather how to seek wise advice and make smart decisionsand to enjoy having a baby, which is what it is all about . . .

-- "Live Science"

This is science-based medicine writing at its best. Callahan doesn't cherry-pick. She knows how to evaluate the entire body of research and put it into perspective along with practical parenting considerations. She enhances her message with a personal touch, including anecdotes about her own experiences as a new mother and about the experiences of her friends and family. If I had three thumbs, I would give this book a 3-thumbs-up recommendation.

--Harriet Hall, MD "Science-Based Medicine"

. . . in Science of Mom, Alice Callahan, PhD combines the critical eye of a scientist with the heart of a mother to create a helpful resource for all people interested in evidence based infant care and parenting.

-- "Science & Sensibility (Lamaze International)"

. . . a timely and necessary book for parents . . . It will help both moms and dads work together to choose the right parenting methods for them and give them a research-based approach to raising a child.

-- "Patheos"

. . . a fresh and enlightening approach . . . I'd highly recommend this book to any mom expecting her first child or her fourth.

-- "Uncommon Motherhood"

[Callahan's] compassion and empathy for the difficulties of parenting shine through in every chapter, from breastfeeding to vaccines to feeding to sleeping.

-- "Forbes"

[The Science of Mom] should be required reading for all new parents . . . She calms fears and provides parents with real facts. She doesn't make the decisions for you, but she makes it a lot easier to make sound decisions.

-- "MomSense"

A book long-overdue in the parenting literature.

-- "Momma Data"

Name a complex or controversial topic and Callahan provides the science on both sides of the arguments to help parents make wise choices.

-- "Psychology Today"

The Science of Mom stands out from the easy to read, certifiable resource.

-- "American Reference Books Annual"