The Business of Baby

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

The Business of Baby

In the tradition of Jessica Mitford’s The American Way of Death, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism that challenges our common wisdom about pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life, showing how the mother and child’s wellbeing are often undermined by corporate profit margins and the private interests of the medical community.

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.
  • Scribner | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451636086 | 
  • April 2013

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About the Author

Jennifer Margulis
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Jennifer Margulis

Jennifer Margulis, PhD, is an award-winning journalist and Fulbright grantee. Her work has been published in TheNew York Times; The Washington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parents; Parenting; Brain, Child; Mothering Magazine; More Magazine and on the cover of Smithsonian. A Boston native, she lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and four children.