Baby on Board: Becoming a Mother without Losing Yourself-A Guide for Moms-to-Be

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9780814409077: Baby on Board: Becoming a Mother without Losing Yourself-A Guide for Moms-to-Be

Today's mothers are caught in an expectation trap. Faced with becoming real-life desperate housewives or maxed out working mothers, many are searching for escape. This book gives women the tools to not just survive the first year of motherhood but to actually thrive. Based on the popular nine-week life design process from the authors' company, the authors help women discover what will bring them balance and fulfillment as new mothers and helping them design the transformation they will experience into motherhood. Based on a proprietary nine-week life design process, "Baby on Board" helps a woman discover the choices that honor her own unique path as a woman and mother. As coaches, motivational speakers, and authors, the authors are role models for the kinds of life they encourage women to live and their process supports encourages, and celebrates each woman's unique path to motherhood.

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Most mothers-to-be are so busy preparing for their babies that they fail to focus on themselves. But during this incredible, thrilling, life-changing time, it is more important than ever that they take the time to reflect. What kind of mother do they want to be? Will they fashion themselves after their own moms, or do they picture their lives differently? Filled with practical advice and heartfelt wisdom, as well as anecdotes and hands-on exercises, Baby on Board is an encouraging and inspiring guide that helps readers figure out what motherhood means to them personally, while ensuring that they don’t lose their sense of self as they become parents.

Based on the authors’ successful life-coaching of women across the country, Baby on Board helps readers discover what will bring them balance and fulfillment as new mothers as they juggle career, family demands, social expectations, and their own needs and dreams. This unique book supports, encourages, and celebrates each woman's unique path to motherhood, giving each just the right amount of direction to let them lead themselves.

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"Baby on Board gives a personalized plan for attending to the inner resources of heart, head, and belief systems for expectant mothers. Every Ob/Gyn should use this book as the companion to office visits. If so their practices would be filled with more confident and calm mothers-to-be!

Dr. Ricki Pollycove, MD, MHS, Ob/Gyn, mother, national women's health expert and co-author of Mother Nurture, Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

"Amy and Joelle offer the perfect preparation for motherhood."

Dr. Michele Borba, mother of three, international speaker and parenting expert, author of 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know

"Finally a book that brings to light all the challenges of the modern mom with practical and inspirational advice for dealing with the changes of becoming a mother. Baby on Board will be on our best picks list for 2007!"

Shannon DiPadova, mother of two, founder & president DueMaternity.com

"After 30 years of nurturing new mothers, we know the demands of new parenthood are unexpectedly overwhelming and we welcome this resource to help moms-to-be plan for their transition to motherhood. Baby on Board goes right to the heart of the matter and helps a woman trust her instincts."

Corky Harvey RN, MS, CLC & Wendy Haldeman RN, MN, CLC, mothers, lactation consultants and owners of The Pump Station, Santa Monica/Hollywood

"I certainly struggled, and I think so many mothers do, with becoming a mother and staying in contact with my creative, `adult' self. It is so very important to give mothers the tools and permission you are given with this inspiring, practical book. Thank you!"

Jennifer Louden, mother of one, author of The Life Organizer and The Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book

"Hooray for Baby on Board! Joelle and Amy understand that taking care of yourself is the first step in being a good mother."

Stacy Denney, mother of two, owner of Barefoot & Pregnant, author of Spa Mama and Fit Mama.

"Thank you for writing this book! I've been having so many questions about what I would be like as a mother or if I have what it takes to be a mother and your book addresses all of my fears square on the head!! It helped me move from my `mommy tailspins' to real actions that will bring my best to motherhood." Vanessa Birch, hoping-to-be a mother, owner of Communications Savvy

"Baby on Board addresses the missing piece for so many women in preparing for the births of their babies - looking carefully and consciously at what they truly need and want to be extraordinary mothers."

Karni Seymour-Brown, mother of two, midwife and owner, Sunrise Birthing Center

"I wish that Joelle and Amy had written this book 12 years ago before I had the first of my 3 children. Baby on Board is an essential guide to any expectant mother. It is like having a loving, wise and experienced friend at your fingertips at all times."

Terry Curtin, mother of three, CEO/Creative Director Intralink Film

"I felt like I had my own personal coach and support team as I read Baby on Board. Someone to challenge my thinking and push me to look at what I want and take action BEFORE the baby arrives!"

Debra Gomes, mother of one and soon to be two, owner of Note by Note Children's Music Studio

"The Baby on Board process made a HUGE difference in preparing for our second child. It brought my husband and me closer to each other, created the foundation for a great start and now keeps us focused on what we really want for our whole family."

Cynthia Salitsky, mother of two, Director R&D Communications, AstraZeneca

"Having become a mother myself just 10 months ago, my one piece of advice to new mothers I meet is to `stop reading all those books and just be a mother! This book is the exception. The last thing new mothers want is one more person telling us 'how to do this' or 'never do that!' What we need most is to step into our own motherhood, learn to rely on our instincts and become the parent we really want to be. Baby on Board is an amazing guide to doing just that... so grab a cup of tea and dive in."

Tina Forsyth, mother of one, author of Money, Meaning and Beyond.

"Baby on Board's insights and exercises are invaluable to any woman trying to define who she is and, more importantly, who she would like to be. Amy and Joelle have gathered a wonderful collection of inspiring real-life stories from moms and moms-to-be. Even those wary of the self-help section will find plenty of down-to-earth tips and advice inside."

Katherine Tom, senior editor, Yahoo Travel

"You cannot possibly imagine or predict what kind of mother you are going to be until the day you welcome your little one into the world. The best possible preparation for happy, healthy parenting is to be a well-adjusted woman who knows herself and understands her values. Joelle and Amy have provided moms-to-be with a toolkit to guide them through this journey." Evelyn So, mother of one, president, Evelyn So Consulting Services

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