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1. Twins & Multiple Births: The
3. Twins & Multiple Births :
4. The Art of Parenting Twins: The
5. The Joy of Twins and Other Multiple
6. Raising Multiple Birth Children:
7. Multiple Bles8ings: Surviving
8. Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for
9. When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets,
10. Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice
11. The Everything Twins, Triplets,
12. The Multiples Manual: Preparing
13. Mommy Rescue Guide Twins, Triplets,
14. Expecting Twins, Triplets, andMore:
15. Twin Sense: A Sanity-Saving Guide
16. Understanding Multiple-Birth Children
17. Your Pregnancy Quick Guide: Twins,
18. Twins! Pregnancy, Birth and the
19. Having Twins: A Parent's Guide
20. Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding

1. Twins & Multiple Births: The Essential Parenting Handbook from Pregnancy to Adulthood
by Dr. Carol Cooper
Paperback: 384 Pages (2004-03-01)
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Having more than one baby at once can test the endurance of even the most calm and experienced parents. This inspiring and enlightening guide, by a practising GP and mother of twins, will be welcomed by all parents of multiple births who find that the standard baby and childcare guides fall short of their special needs. Including new statistics on multiple births and current resources, as well as the latest information on topics such as fertility treatment, advances in prenatal medicine and surgery, feeding, schooling, and looking after sick twins, this book offers first-hand professional, practical and emotional advice to help parents cope with the development and rearing of twins from conception to adulthood. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship between twins as individuals as they grow up, their relationship with others both inside and outside the family, and sibling rivalry. Also incorporating standard information on pregnancy, birth, what to expect and how the process differs from single births, this is an essential, enlightening and often amusing guide for every parent of multiple babies.
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Paperback: 352 Pages (1997)

Isbn: 0091814715
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3. Twins & Multiple Births : The Essential Parenting Handbook from Birth to Adulthood
by Carol Cooper
Paperback: Pages (2005-01-01)

Asin: B001HVVI8E
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4. The Art of Parenting Twins: The Unique Joys and Challenges of Raising Twins and Other Multiples
by Patricia Malmstrom, Janet Poland
Paperback: 352 Pages (1999-06-15)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$3.50
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Asin: 0345422678
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Remember when you first heard the news? After regaining the power of speech, you allowed the joy and anxious anticipation to settle in. Though family and friends simply suggest buying two of everything, parents of twins (triplets, quadruplets, right on up) need more than multiple strollers. For along with equipment, they need more facts, more advice, more patience, more support. Now help is here with The Art of Parenting Twins.

Whether you have just discovered you're expecting two (or more) babies, are about to give birth, are struggling through those incredible first weeks, or are engaged in the whirlwind of child-rearing, here are the answers and resources you've been looking for. Written by the president and founder of Twin Services, Inc., this complete up-to-date guide will give you the skills you need. The Art of Parenting Twins covers such vital issues as

- Bonding with more than one baby
- Breast-feeding techniques
- Coping with multiples
- Managing sibling rivalry
- Helping your children achieve independent identities
- Understanding the special twin relationship
- Financing your children's future

And much more--including the latest research on special health concerns, mental and physical development of twins, and social behavior.
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Over the past 20 years, the number of twin and multiple birthshas risen by 50 percent, yet information on caring for twins andmultiples remains sparse. Most child-care books touch lightly on thesubject of multiples--here's one that fills in the gaps. AuthorsPatricia Maxwell Malmstrom, founder of TWINLINE (providing servicesfor parents of twins) and mother of twins, and Janet Poland, parentingwriter, address the issues and concerns of parents of multiples withaplomb and reassurance. From the moment parents-to-be discover thatthey are having more than one child, they enter what the authors call"twinshock," a state of stunned disbelief soon followed by elation,despair, and many questions: "How will I tell my babies apart?" (Leavetheir hospital bracelets on, or paint one baby's toenails until thereis no doubt in your mind) and "Will I ever go anywhere ever again?" (Yes. With planning.)

Malmstrom and Poland cover the biology andcauses of twinning; the emotional terrain of parenting multiples; thedifferences between twin and single pregnancy; twin development inbabyhood, toddlerhood, the preschool and school-age years, andadolescence; and twins' relationships with each other from babyhood toadulthood. An excellent chapter provides help in coping withdifficulties--financial problems, single parenthood, divorce, twinloss, and disability. The authors provide intensely practical detailson twin care, especially for babies (yes, they stress, you canbreastfeed multiples). Throughout, the authors dispel myths, providetips, and help fill the dearth of information that, until now, parentsof multiples have faced. Malmstrom writes, "My hope is that somedayparents of twins will have as much information as all other parentsabout how to nourish their children's healthy physical andpsychological development." In this book, she and her coauthor havebegun to provide just that. --Ericka Lutz ... Read more

Customer Reviews (9)

3-0 out of 5 stars As an expecting Mom of Twins...
I have read this book since I am a first time mother expecting twins.I think the book is full of good information although I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over and over.It is the second book I have read about twins.I still haven't found a book that I absolutely love, but I have a few months until the twins come to find that book.Although it has good information, it just seems really repetitive to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good twin book!
I only give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because it is the 1st book I have read about raising twins. But it is a pretty good book because it covers many important issues anyone expecting twins would be asking.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too Broad
As an expectant mom of twins, I was disappointed in the lack of depth of this book. It offered very broad and superficial recommendations about raising multiples.

2-0 out of 5 stars NOT AS BAD AS SOME OTHER "TWIN" GUIDES BUT....
I still would not reccomend this book to anyone I know expecting twins.
My boy/girl twins are now 16 weeks old, and I still feel this book is full of mixed information... I was very happy to read all of the information on the different types of twins butfelt this may have been the bright spot in the book.
After a COMPLETELY disatrous experience reading The Joy of Twins, I felt this was at least marginally better.
I am still quite disapointed in this book when it comes to how it made me feel with regards to my personal choices of bottle feeding my children as well as going back to work.
I am still searching for a realistic and honest book on the complications, elations, frustrations and pure joys of having twins....If this is what you too are looking for, don't bother spending your money here.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great help
When you finally have time to sit down and read this book through it is full of great information on raising twins.But when you are a parent of twins you more often have time to skim the chapters that just pertain to you at this time and this book is great for that too.Almost everything that you could need to know is summed up in this great book. ... Read more

5. The Joy of Twins and Other Multiple Births: Having, Raising, and Loving Babies Who Arrive in Groups
by Pamela Patrick Novotny
 Paperback: 336 Pages (1994-06-28)
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Asin: 0517880717
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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This edition of the supportive and comprehensive guide offers the latest medical, psychological, and sociological findings on all aspects of caring for two or more infants. Contains new chapters on premature infants and coping with triplets and beyond. Photos.Amazon.com Review
Whether the result of fertility drugs, an "older mother" (morelikely to experience a multiple ovulation), or simply the luck of thedraw, multiple babies pose multiple challenges. Journalist PamelaPatrick Novotny's comprehensive exploration of life with twins--ormore--provides page after page of myth-busting, educational, andhighly supportive information.

Not meant for the expectant parent,this text cuts right to the chase: the babies have been born--it'stime to rally. Novotny opens by discussing transitions, likeningpregnancy, delivery, and homecoming to a three-ringed circus. With adeft combination of coaching tones and facts galore, she addresseseach issue thoroughly and insightfully, and offers excellentsuggestions for coming to terms with the many changes. Novotny seemsto target her book to the doubtful, those who may feel unusuallyoverwhelmed by the prospect of caring for more than one baby at atime, or those who need help surfacing from the murky pool ofpostpartum depression. Troubleshooting, planning, findingalternatives--these terms and themes can be found throughout her text,with plenty of positive results. Most helpful are the excellentchapters on mothercare, multiples' developing sense of identity andmyths surrounding their genetic influences, and "Feeling the Changes:Fathers and Families." Absolutely packed with valuable suggestions,case studies, facts, and references, this book should rank quite highwith parents of multiples. Team it with When You're Expecting Twins,Triplets or Quads for a complete pre- and postnatallibrary. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

Customer Reviews (9)

3-0 out of 5 stars entertaining
I was hoping for more practicle information.This book is good for entertainment because of it's format.It has lots of stories and personal examples of other parents with twins.There is practicle information, but for the most part it's a confidence booster.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good to look at but leave it in the store.
I did enjoy seeing the cute pics.. however the this book is rather out dated with info. It is filled with family info but not good for a mom to be or a mom in the first few years. It does have a few funny answers to the questions that moms of multiples seem to get a lot! It was fun to look at and read for the enjoyment of it..

1-0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Twins and Other Multiple Births
My husband bought me this book while I was on bedrest awaiting the arrival of our twin girls. I was eager to soak in as much info as possible before they arrived. What I first noticed was how dated the photos inside looked and as I read on I realized that the book was orignally written in the 1980's with perhaps a few later revisions. The stats that were quoted about things like twin birth rates, mothers returning to the work force and even baby gear were terribly outdated. Like some of the other readers, I did think some of the basic twin information was somewhat useful, but I was definitely disappointed that it was not more current.

As an expectant mother of boy/girl twins, I am dying to read anything on the topic of being pregnant with twins and the issues you face once they have finally arrived after the nine long months of anticipation. At this point, both my husband and I have read this book and have found it to be not worth the money we spent!
Hindsight being 20/20, maybe we would have reconsidered the purchase of this book had we noticed that the author is not a doctor or psychologist, rather an journalist who seems to revel in writing pseudo-psycho babble on child rearing.
After I was done reading this tome, I was left in tears fearing I would be a disastrous parent because I am not planning on breast feeding (personal choice I have a right to!), I am planning on going back to work after the twins birth, ad nauseum with things Ms. Novotny told me would make me a bad parent.
The book overall doesn't have the tone/manner of being a book of 2002, let alone one from 2000. If you clearly look at the pictures incorporated, you see adorable children in strollers, cribs, etc. that would horrify the CPSP (Consumer Products Safety Commission) as they clearly do not represnt products that are up to code with todays safety standards. (This as well should have been a clue, while I was perusing it in the bookstore!)
Overall, I felt my money was wasted and that I should have spent my [money] on something cute for the babies to wear.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good if you like pictures....
This book didn't provide much useful information on how to survive the daily life with twins.It's focus is mainly the emotional health of the family-- which *is* important. But I was wanting a book that would help me deal with the trivial things we take for granted before having twins.It is a nicely laid out book-- I loved the pictures. But the information *I* wanted just wasn't there. ... Read more

6. Raising Multiple Birth Children: A Parent's Survival Guide, Birth-Age 3
by William Laut
Paperback: 256 Pages (1999-09-25)
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Asin: 1886284350
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With the birth of triplets, Bill and Sheila Laut went from DINK (double income, no kids) to SINK (single income, numerous kids) desperate for advice, but finding little. Their book How to Raise Multiple Children is packed with practical tips for parents raising twins, triplets, quadruplets and more. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Good... but outdated
I think this was the second book I bought when I found out I was expecting twins (the first book was Dr. Luke's pregnancy book). I thought a first-hand accounting would be great.

It was a good book ... when poppa Bush was president, maybe. A lot of the advice is pre- cell phone and pre-internet, so it was too stale to be useful. And, yes, like the prior reviewer said, breastfeeding is doable with twins for sure. I hope the couple that wrote the book think about updating it; I'm sure lots of supertwin parents need a book of their own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent just like the authors
I bought this book because the triplets: Austin, Grant and Sabrina are all in my 4th grade class now. Their parents wrote the book about raising them, and they are terrific parents. The triplets are all very bright, well mannered and creative. Bill and Sheila have definite boundaries and the children are well behaved.I never had multiple birthchildren of my own, but if I knew someone who did, I'd definitely pass on this book to them. I can't believe all the creative ideas they came up with to deal with three babies at once. Definitely a book for parents of twins, or triplets or more!

4-0 out of 5 stars Quick reading and entertaining
I am expecting triplets and thought this book was rather entertaining.It is a reality check for all you parents expecting three!I belong to a local triplet club, and the stories they tell me are very consistent with the author's.Read this BEFORE the babies are born (when you have lots of time) so it helps you prepare logistically and mentally.At first I thought the tips were basic, but the next day as I was thinking about the book in my head, I remembered some rather valuable tips that I had never heard or thought of.I am also going to send away for the freebies - seems like a very complete list.I also love all the side quotes that are scattered throughout the book. The authors are very down to earth and keep it real.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and useful
My wife and I are expecting triplets and this books has given us a lot of tips to use once the kids are born.It was direct to the point and it includes a lot of information very useful in very stages of the kids growth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic info to read when your babes are little
I read this when my triplets were 6 months old (boy,boy,girl) - sleeping all night and I actually had time to read something.I'd suggest buying this and reading it before the babes arrive.All of the addresses for free stuff they list are GREAT!I sent to all of them and probably got $800 worth of free stuff.The enfamil formula was worth it alone. So write out all of your envelopes BEFORE they are born then just copy your birth certs, and zoom -- free stuff.The UPS guy was wondering what was up at our house as I got boxes daily.Some of the other tips I figured out along the way too, but should have read this book during my 3 months of bed rest.So buy this book was soon as you know you've got the BIG 3 coming and buy bibs every time you see them!

There's a lot of twin books out there, but very few for us triplet folks and believe me, when you and your spouse are each feeding one -- the 3rd always knows it and that's when you belong to the triplet club.So grab any info you can for triplets because they've got you outnumber and they know it very young.The triplet connection is a great website too.This info is also provided in this book. ... Read more

7. Multiple Bles8ings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets
by Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin, Beth Carson
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2008-10-01)
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Asin: B002PJ4LRC
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In Multiple Blessings, Kate Gosselin shares the gripping details of her rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows when she discovered she and her husband, Jon, would be expecting sextuplets while still basking in the light of their twin girls' toddlerhood. Strongly encouraged to consider selective reduction for the sake of both mother and babies, she and Jon instead decided to accept the extreme challenge God had handed them. After suffering the long and winding road of infertility, the young couple felt stressed but blessed as they fought valiantly to help their babies survive the fight for their lives. Kate reveals excerpts from her private journal as she describes the daily struggle to carry the babies for thirty weeks. In addition to their uphill medical battle, the family suffered many emotional setbacks such as the loss of Jon's job, forcing the pair to look to God as their sole provider and sustainer of life.

After the miraculous birth, the couple coped with months of neonatal intensive care for their newborns as well as Kate's physical recovery from such complete and prolonged bed rest. Later as the entire family of ten finally arrived home reeling with exhaustion, they still managed to feed, bathe, clothe, and monitor the health of their fragile infants as a steady parade of necessary and helpful volunteers turned their home and family life into a public arena.

The young family lived moment to moment at first, not knowing what each new day would bring and how they would survive on such depleted sleep, money, and emotional reserves. However, as the months progressed, they grew into the next stage of development, proudly letting go of yesterday and looking forward to a brighter and ever-changing tomorrow. Their small home was soon filled to capacity with six cribs, six bouncy seats, several changing tables, never-ending piles of laundry, tubs of colorful toys, stacks of diapers, cartons of formula, rows and rows of bottles, bibs and pacifiers, two triplet strollers, six car seats, and so on. Yes, life was hectic and cramped, but with each major milestone Jon and Kate rejoiced at the miracles that unfolded around them. The crew of six growing babies along with their proud big sisters, Madelyn and Cara, did their part to fill those rooms with squawking, squealing, laughing, and of course, a healthy dose of crying. Kate and Jon eventually came out of the fog of the first precarious two years feeling eternally grateful for the love and support of family, friends, community, and indeed a nation. More important, they felt the ever present hand of a faithful God upholding them and giving them just enough strength and courage to take one day at a time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book
I just finished reading "Multiple Bles8ings" by John and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson.I do not watch the show; only have heard of the couple from other entertainment sources.I felt the book was well-written and interesting.It is written from Kate's viewpoint.From what I have read of the other reviews, she might be harsh and overbearing at times but she has a heart that reaches outward and is incredibly grateful.She appears to be unpleasant but only because she is overwhelmed by the incredible needs that have to be met by her on a daily basis.Hey, who are we to judge her-we don't have eight small children.
In the book, she is extremely greatful, selfless-as in one example where she puts a check in the mail for an unfortunate family even though her own finances are so meager. The book contains scriptural references,and although she might be imperfect, she searches the depths of her heart to be gentle and compassionate.I don't know the details of her seperation from Jon-was it his weaknesses?Was it her responsibility the marriage crumbled?Again, I don't watch the show-can't comment.I came away feeling that she is a sensible, good-hearted woman who is trying to keep all the gears running.If you ask me about my opinion of Jon-her attitude is praise-worthy (in the book).My feeling is that Jon became overwhelmed by the daunting task of taking care of eight children and I guess the loss of his job(twice) may have caused feelings of low self-worth (especially being a man and not being able to sustain his family and depression(too much to tackle at such an early age) may have contributed to the reckless behavior he showed after his divorce.

4-0 out of 5 stars She left too much out!
I think 3.5 stars is the correct amount.
I did enjoy the book and I enjoyed the writing style very much.

After reading about Kate's difficult pregnancy I was looking forward to reading about the relief of having giving birth, talk about her new body and that kind of thing, however, there was only one sentence devoted to that big issue - something about being able to see her feet again. *sigh*

The other thing I felt was missing was the media - I remember them appearing on Dr Phil - it was one of their very first appearances - but it was not mentioned.

Perhaps their appearances and the show itself was not mentioned because of legal reasons? Who knows? We are left wanting and speculating, the media was/ and is a big part of their lives and would have made very interesting reading - because how else can an ordinary person ever learn about that world?

Well you won't learn a thing about it from this book. It's a bit of a shame.

There was more left out, like discussions between Jon and Kate that must have taken place, I've read many biographies and I noticed that Jon as a partner to Kate is missing from the story.

It seems as though the only time he ever got his own way was when he said 'no' to the adoption.

Overall, you do get a fairly good idea of what Kate is like as a person.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
With all of the scandal in the news on John & Kate, I DVRd the entire series and watch from the beginning.Great show when things were in perspective where the family and kids came first.How things changed quickly when a little money fell into the hands of two selfish parents competing against each other.

This book must have been written before all of the chaos surfaced because by reading it, you would think that Kate was this major religious person and very caring individual not only to her family but everyone she surrounds.If you watched the show then the majority of the content is in this book but in more detail.Very interesting read and I did keep an open mind when reading and thought it was very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of the show, but enjoyed the book
I usually get annoyed watching the TLC show, but surprisingly I enjoyed the book. I read it in two days. It was very interesting to see how their family dynamics all played out. I would recommend for an easy quick read.

4-0 out of 5 stars another good book
a very educated and well written book. it goes in depth of the faith love and emotion of the gosslin family. ... Read more

8. Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood From Doctor M.O.M.
by Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin
Paperback: 208 Pages (2008-10)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$10.44
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Asin: 0470343680
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"A must-read for expectant or multitasking mothers of multiples by an academic pediatrician and mother of twins, Twins 101 provides practical tips and wise words in a readable style that fits into the fast pace of these mothers’ lives."
Theodore Sectish, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; program director, Children’s Hospital Boston

Dr. Le-Bucklin's new parenting book is the first by a pediatrician who is also a mother of twins. No other pregnancy and parenting book for multiples offers this unique and much-needed perspective.

Twins 101 features practical advice and well-researched information in an easy-to-read format. From maintaining a healthy twin pregnancy to meeting the daily challenge of caring for twins, Twin 101 guides families through each stage with insightful tips, practical advice, useful resources, and inspirational stories. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! A must have!
I originally bought this book when it first was published and agreed with many of the other positive reviews, but did not have a chance to post my own review until now. I have recently had a chance re-read this book and still find that "Twins 101" is a great resource for expectant mothers of multiple.

Dr. Le-Bucklin brings together medical expertise and personal experiences in a concise, easy to read and understand format. This book is well organized and can be used as a reference. I find the tips and factoids outlined throughout the book very useful and easy to refer back to, as the tips/factoids are appropriately placed in the chapter topics. Also, the size of this book makes it easy to transport anywhere and is perfect for reading lying down (such as if you wanted to read in bed or are required to be on bed rest). This book also makes a great gift! Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good first read on twins
I picked this book up on my way home from the ultrasound that determined I am carrying twins. It is a quick read and a really good foundation to all things twin. She gives you the basic information, but you will need to go elsewhere to get more details on things like medical management of possible complications such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

She had lots of interesting tidbits and made me more comfortable and excited about the prospect of twins! I loved her advice of wearing dark sunglasses when you go out with your twins and don't want to be accosted by interested strangers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Important Information for a Twin Pregnancy
Author Le-Bucklin draws from her personal experience as both a mother of twins and as a doctor and uses it as a springboard for her book, Twins 101. And therein lays its strength. As a physician pregnant with identical twin girls, she uncovered the latest research in medical books and journals to enlighten and educate her readers. Furthermore, since she experienced a number of complications during her pregnancy (poor fetal growth and preterm labor to name just two), the book has a strong focus on twin pregnancy. She does an excellent job, for instance, in calmly explaining the risks of a shared placenta (TTTS, discordant growth, etc.), and offers ways to reduce a mother's risk. Over all, Le-Bucklin successfully boils down a lot of technical information into a language that any mother-to-be can comprehend and use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Twins 101 was very helpful. It is great to have a twins book that is brief, with helpful hints, that are easy to find when you need them. The author is a Doctor and a mother of twins so she is writing from experience. Twins 101 is great!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, concise twins book
This is a good, concise read for mother's expecting twins.Although it doesn't go into deep explanation, it is an easy to read, informative resource for mother's expecting twins. ... Read more

9. When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy
by Barbara Luke, Tamara Eberlein
Paperback: 432 Pages (2004-06-01)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$8.09
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Asin: 0060542683
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A Clinically Proven Program for Women Pregnant with Multiples

Completely Updated, with 50 Recipes for Optimal Birth Weight

You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations! In When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Dr. Barbara Luke's practical, nutrition-based program has been proven to lower complications, resulting in much healthier babies. This revision offers more nutritional information, 50 recipes to maximize birth weight, and new guidelines on nutritional needs and vegetarian options. It also includes updated information that reflects the most current obstetric and pediatric practices, such as expanded safety information on exercise and reducing your risk for complications.

Amazon.com Review
The double whammy of successful infertility treatments and an increase in the number of women having children later in life has resulted in a staggering--but perhaps not surprising--phenomenon: a tremendous increase in twin, triple, and quadruple births. When You¹re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is an outstanding, much-needed addition to the pregnancy genre for women who face the alternating joy, terror, and ambivalence associated with carrying, delivering, and coping with young multiples.

Subjects like nutrition, mom's changing body and emotions, fetal development, potential complications, and labor and delivery take on new meaning when you add another baby or two to the standard equation. With the goal of minimizing risk factors associated with multiple births, Dr. Barbara Luke and her team of writers cover each subject with a buoyant determination to tell it all and tell it well--avoiding the typical "how to name and dress your twins" issues. Accompanying the detailed medical perspective of Dr. Luke are personal experiences gathered from the journalsof a few articulate moms, making each subject as real as it is educational. Simple illustrations, valuable charts (including one to plot and monitor fetal growth in grams or pounds), specific menu examples (like how can you consume 4,500 calories if you're expecting quads???), and lots of reassurance make this book a winner. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide
handy guide for my family.
It's not a absolute guide on multiples, but gives you enough information to get yourself prepared for many situations, and it is handy to have those informations at hand for your decision makings...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book was really helpful because I had a lot of doubts about my twin pregnancy.
It really helped me because my doctor did't have the information that I needed.
I really recommend this book for multiple pregnancies and specially for women who live outside the US, because in my case I couldn't find any book about twins here in Mexico
I wish there was a clinic like Dr. Luke's clinic here in Mexico

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, received book very quickly!
Book in good condition, just a lot of highlighted pages.But received it quickly which is what I was hoping for!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Fluff
I am a mom of 6-month-old twins, and found this book to be hands-down the best book about multiple pregnancy on the market. So many of the other pregnancy books are overly repetetive, or not specific enough... This one is crammed full of useful information.

My personal favorite bit of guidance from the book:If you absolutely do not like to drink whole milk, go ahead and have skim milk, but be sure to supplement with premium ice cream!!!Who can top a book with such practical advice?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent by all means!
Excellent book!
It's a MUST if you're expecting multiples.
The nutritional information it's amazing, I couldn't find this type of info anywhere, not even with my OB
Also, gives you peace of mind during these months.

I would recommend it for sure! ... Read more

10. Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice From Pregnancy Through the First Year (for Parents of Twins and Multiples)
by Cheryl Lage
Paperback: 320 Pages (2006-02-25)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.95
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Asin: 1589792807
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Twinspiration combines guidebook how-to with personal diary to lead mothers through pregnancy and the first year of their twins' lives. This carefully laid out book provides an array of information from the basics to the questions you are too afraid to ask with humor and honesty. This is the must have all in one resource for any couple that is expecting twins. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful
I am newly pregnant with twins and checking out every book I can find on twins. For me, this one was a dud. As someone else mentioned, if this isn't your first child, there is really nothing new in it. It is more anecdotal then informational and I did not appreciate her sense of humor. It is obviously a matter of personal taste. Check it out from the library first to save yourself some money!

I recommend the book Twins! by Connie Agnew, et al, if you are looking for detailed facts about twin pregnancy and birth. It is a few years old, but it goes into great detail about the different stages of pregnancy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Girlfriend to Girlfriend Advice
Twinspiration is an intimate and often humorous look at a twin pregnancy and the early months with multiples. Not your typical pregnancy handbook--no dry research studies quoted here--but rather an honest, first-person account from A to Z. Although Lage is completely reassuring and confident in her advice, taking you by the hand and leading you through her pregnancy, delivery, and first year, she doesn't hold back with the gory details. ("With the onset of your second trimester, you may start experiencing symptoms of pregnancy you never realized were symptoms of pregnancy. Things no one warns you about. In my case, projectile nosebleeds. Apparently, not uncommon for women carrying two babies.") But that's what's so refreshing about this guide.Yet the book is meticulously researched, too. For instance, she addresses "pregnancy paranoia," those fears that are in the back of all our minds but rarely discussed in most pregnancy guides--can you dye your hair? Change the kitty litter box? She covers twin pregnancy medical tests, preparing for the arrival of twins (the pros and cons of countless nursery items are debated), a detailed account of her own labor and delivery (15-plus hours), as well as maternal postpartum care. There's also a great chapter on breastfeeding as well as how to survive the first few, sleep-deprived months. If you're looking for an accurate account of what to expect when having twins, this guide is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for twin moms and dads!
When I found out I was pregnant with twins I poured over the shelves at every bookstore in town trying to find books and was shocked at how few there are for parents to be of twins.I cannot tell you how happy I was to have found this book! Cheryl is a phenomenal writer and this book is a must read for any soon to be parent of twins! Most of the other books I found were very "scientific" and cold, Twinspiration is warm, inviting and makes you feel like you are sitting and having a cup of coffee with an old friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Parents of Twins
After learning I was having twins, I needed to get my hands on as many books as I could. Luckily I found Twinspiration! This was by far the best book my husband and I read on being pregnant with twins, what to expect, how to prepare and how to deal with new babies. As a person who likes structure, I loved the author's chapter on "Routine, Routine, Routine". It provided me the much needed guidance on how to set up a schedule for my babies. (actually it listed out a schedule and that is what I used!) I had not found this in other books. As new parents we did not know what we needed for 1 baby, let alone 2. We didn't know what we needed 2 of and what we only needed 1 of. The author does a great job listing baby items needed, what would be nice to have 2 of, what specific features to look for and what is practical. Practical advice is what you need if you are the parents of twins. There is no fluff, it's all about survival! :)I also liked the specific detail she provided, such as what to pack in your hospital bag and why.

The chapter on breastfeeding was extremely helpful to me. I wanted to nurse my twins but didn't quite know how this would work. The author talked about the need for space and how to keep your milk supply going. She also make it clear that if nursing didn't work for you it wasn't the end of the world and you didn't have to feel awful about yourself, like other books may make you feel.

I appreciated the author's humor, candor, advice and insight from having her own twins. After having my boys I was exhausted and overwhelmed. Reading Twinspiration reminded me I was not alone; I was like other mothers of twins, or singletons, for that matter.

My book is flagged, has parts numbered and underlined, it's well used and is well liked. I give it to everyone I know who is expecting twins. It is an easy read that makes you feel empowered and ready for the challenge of raising twin babies.

Not only is the book great, so is the author!Cheryl has answered many of my emails on sleep issues.

Twinspiration is a must buy, you won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Advice
This is an easy to read book that is dedicated to tips for twins.If you are expecting twins, this is a must have read.
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11. The Everything Twins, Triplets, And More Book: From Seeing The First Sonogram To Coordinating Nap Times And Feedings -- All You Need To Enjoy Your Multiples (Everything: Parenting and Family)
by Pamela Fierro
Paperback: 304 Pages (2005-06-30)
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Asin: 1593373260
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Still reeling from the shock that you're not having just one baby, you're having two, three, or more?Unsure about what to expect and what you need to do?There's no need to fear, because with The Everything Twins, Triplets, and More Book you have all the answers right at your fingertips.From what to anticipate throughout pregnancy and delivery to surviving those first few sleepless months and the necessary lifestyle changes you'll need to make, every scenario is covered!

Includes information on:

  • What to expect during each trimester
  • Physical changes your body endures
  • Budgeting for extra expenses
  • Setting up your household for the big arrivals
  • The first few months of life with your multiples

    The Everything Twins, Triplets, and More Book is your all-in-one resource for preparing your home, and your life, for all your little bundles of joy! ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Triplets
    Very informational and is helping to understand the events that have happened and will happened.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic information - not very helpful
    I really did not find this book helpful.It provided some very basic information but nothing really useful.There are much better books out there.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great for first time mom expecting multiples
    This book really helped me get through a triplet pregnancy.It gave me some ideas for the future as well.It was well worth the read.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for Dad
    My husband bought this book when we found out we were expecting twins and so I decided to read it too.It really is more of an overview on the subject with very little detailed information for mom.I read it in an afternoon and didn't find it helpful in detailed nutritional information, indepth discussions on birthing options or logistics for after babies arrive but its posative and upbeat tone is perfect for alaying dad's fears and giving him a good brief of what's in store without all the additional information that mom would find useful but he may find pointless.Written in more of a "fordummies" format it is a quick read but if you rely on details you will probably want to research a different book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My friend is using this book!!!
    I sent this book to my best friend who is expecting Triplets next year.I went to visit her the other day and found this book (with oodles of page flags) on her coffee table.She says that it is one of the 2 most helpful books she has gotten on her multiple pregancy-- the other being a buying guide.I scanned through the book and it is all about how to do things effeciently for parents of triplets.It really just gives you the advice you need for doing everyday baby tasks with 3 babies at once from diaper changes to feedings to taking a shower when you're alone with 3 babies!For instance, one piece of advice was to change all diapers at once- even if only one is dirtied as it helps establish a managable routine for the parents.Another thing I liked is that the information is provided in bullet, short paragraph style and the points are made in a concise manner.I am sure that is handy as parents of triplets probably don't have much time to read!She said that this is definitely a must for new parents of multiples!It gives you a heads up on those little things that can be so difficult when multiplied by three that one wouldn't even think of on the front end.I'm proud that I gave her the right book! ... Read more

  • 12. The Multiples Manual: Preparing and Caring for Twins or Triplets
    by Lynn Lorenz
    Paperback: 308 Pages (2007-07-01)
    list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$11.10
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    Asin: 0972467637
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Multiples Manual is a "need-to-know" resource written with the expectant mother of multiples in mind. It includes 1,002 tips that are guaranteed to simplify life, save time, and even save money. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good advise for Stay at Home Moms
    I was a little disappointed with this book.It did have a lot of good tips and advise, but it seems to favor the Stay at Home Mom.Advise like putting off your shower until the babies are down for a morning nap really doesn't work for me since I will have to get myself and three babies to daycare and work by 8am.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super Practical
    I have triplets & bought this when I was pregnant.I had no idea how useful & practical the tips would be until the babies came.Highly recommend.

    1-0 out of 5 stars shallow and unprofessional
    We bought this at week 28 and we were very disappointed. the book is shallow and very unprofessional. there are even contrdictions within the book itself. It was written by a monther of twins with no professional background and or education related to raising twins, medicine, or psychology and it can be felt as you read through the book!
    Sorry - for us this book got a very clear "F"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    Very helpful, without all the added fluff of other books.Gives many useful tips on making life with multiples easier.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and practical.
    Got this book as a gift....great fun! I found time to read it while on bedrest and got a lot of good and useful information out of it while at the same time, got a bunch of belly laughs out of it. Great practical points, money saving tips and just downright entertaining! The best part about it is that you can read it in tid bits and can pick up again at any time. No need to study and really think....bedrest wasn't so bad thanks to this amusing book!

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    13. Mommy Rescue Guide Twins, Triplets, and More: Lifesaving Techniques and Advice for Surviving Life with Multiples
    by Pamela Fierro
    Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-05-01)
    list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$3.99
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    Asin: 1598696882
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    More than one baby can mean mayhem for Mommy. With double diaper duty, the daily feeding frenzies, and missed sleep, the news of multiples may cause you to panic.

    But there's no need to stress! With Mommy Rescue Guide: Twins, Triplets, and More, you will learn all you need to know to enjoy your time with your babies.

    Convenient and uncomplicated, this all-in-one resource helps you set-up a routine that works for your family. Guiding you from your first prenatal checkup to the babies' first birthday, this book will show you how to:

    • Ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy
    • Plan for your lifestyle changes
    • Keep track of your babies schedules and changing needs
    Complete with a progress chart that records which baby does what and when, Mommy Rescue Guide: Twins, Triplets, and More takes the madness out of raising multiples! ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars could have done without
    Basic, Basic, some good advice: was not to feel guilty about wanting time in the beginning for just you, your partner and your babies, some family members can be pushy and this is your time to bond...the family and friend can help with chores around the house that is the best help. ... Read more

    14. Expecting Twins, Triplets, andMore: A Doctor's Guide to a Healthy and Happy Multiple Pregnancy
    by Rachel McClintock Franklin
    Paperback: 240 Pages (2005-04-01)
    list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$4.72
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    Asin: B0045EPDCM
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Expecting two or more?

    With humor, hope, and practical wisdom, Dr. Rachel Franklin helps you to better understand the unique circumstances of multiple pregnancy and birth. From the time you hear the news to the time you take home your bundles of joy, Expecting Twins, Triplets, and More will be an invaluable resource on what to expect, how to cope, and how to enjoy the journey.

    This reassuring reference includes information on:

    -Telling family, friends, and coworkers the news
    -Choosing a doctor
    -Exercising and eating well
    -Coping strategies trimester by trimester
    -Preparing for labor and delivery
    -Understanding potential complications and their solutions
    -Navigating the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
    -Celebrating the births and bringing home the babies

    Expecting Twins, Triplets, and More is like having a friend, who also happens to be a doctor, share her experience and expertise to help you best take care of yourself and your babies at this very special time.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Too anecdotal, not for experienced parents
    I checked this book out at the library when I was about 22 weeks pregnant with twins. As the mother of a toddler, I was expecting a detailed comparison of the differences one would face with a twin vs. a singleton pregnancy. This book did not deliver.

    The author, although a doctor, relies far too heavily on her own personal experiences. This includes long, unnecessary entries from the journal she kept while pregnant. Honestly, I don't care about one woman's experience; I want information based on science and medical studies. Also, the author's only experience with pregnancy and childbirth is as a first-time mom of premature twins. Many of the things she discusses early on in the book are just normal pregnancy issues, nothing twin specific.

    The most disturbing thing for me was the postpartum section. She goes to great lengths to tell you how disgusting and distorted your body will look. That may be the case in her situation, but genetics plays a great role in this. Many of the things she brought up don't apply to me at all. Obviously a woman's body changes after any pregnancy, especially twins, but it's wrong to assume everything's going to be hanging to the floor. It's OK to let women know about possible physical changes, but I hate the assumption she makes about being afraid to let your husband see you naked weeks after birth. (Really, a doctor wrote this?)

    If you are interested in this book, just go to the library like I did. Or better yet, get a different book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book to Read!!!
    How do I even start...I found this book to be informative, but also to be the laughter that I've needed for months. The author uses a lot of humor and reality based writing for her readers. I think having had a child previously I was able to relate to her sense humor while pregnant and through delivery. Even if you do not find this book to be informative enough for you, I can promise it will be the laughter that you have needed for many months. I tried reading on my breaks at work and would laugh so hard that I had to stop. I would then try to explain to someone why I am laughing and would laugh so hard while trying to explain that tears would just role down my cheek. Thank you Dr. Rachel Franklin for the real life reading.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Much better books for twins are out there!
    I have read several twin pregnancy books, and this one is the least informative by far.The author focuses on her own pregnancy, while putting a little too much emphasis on her opinion that almost all twin pregnancies result in preterm labor and time spent in the NICU for the babies. Though there is a greater risk of preterm issues, they shouldn't be the focus. I just recommend other twin books and there are GREAT ones out there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for this amazing news
    Expecting for the first time and learning it was going to be twins, I was very anxious about what to expect and how a twin pregnancy would be different from a "normal" pregnancy.This book covers with humor and medical knowledge the reality of twins and what to do to prepare both mentally and physically.Many books are out there, but this quick read is a reference you will pick up again and again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU!!!
    Finally -- a book about multiples pregnancy that doesn't make you wish you'd joined a convent!I bought this book the day my husband and I discovered that we were expecting twins; thus far, it's the only resource I've found that presents the joys and potential problems of multiples pregnancy with a positive outlook and an even-handed approach.

    Medical information is plentiful (as you would expect), but this book is anything but clinical in it's presentation.Think of it as the "girlfriend's guide" to multiples pregnancy.Overall, it's an excellent resource for anyone expecting more than one, and a godsend for couples like my husband and me, who will be first-time parents. ... Read more

    15. Twin Sense: A Sanity-Saving Guide to Raising Twins -- From Pregnancy Through the First Year
    by Dagmara Scalise
    Paperback: 224 Pages (2008-09-10)
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    Asin: 0814410669
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Although everyone experiences unexpected challenges with the arrival of a new baby, the parents of twins face their own unique sets of joys and frustrations. As the parent of three children under the age of six, including three-year-old fraternal twins, Dagmara Scalise knows firsthand just how daunting that all-important first year can be. Now, in Twin Sense, she offers real-world advice on dealing with the many issues that arise when caring for newborn twins.

    Concise and easy to follow, this book shows harried parents everything they need to know, including:

    baby-proofing • stocking up on what they really need • preparing and involving previous children • breast-feeding two babies at once • making errands possible • getting through the night • bathing the babies • traveling with twins • keeping the peace • responding to probing questions about having twins • and much more!

    Filled with lively anecdotes and practical advice, this is a true insider’s guide that will make raising twins a pleasure.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars helpful twin info
    This is a very helpful book ecspecially if you doing things by yourself. The author breaks down simple and the difficult things. It's easy to read and would recomend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good choice, but I like another book better
    I bought 3 books from Amazon to help educate myself on my twin pregnancy:1) When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, 2) Twin Sense, and 3) Raising Twins.The 1st one has the most in-depth and medical information, which I find to be a huge help, particularly the section on specific nutrition requirements, which was hard to find anywhere else.The 2nd book is also quite good, but it might be most helpful to read more detailed resources first.I like the way it is organized and the tips it gives on what items to borrow or buy, and in what quantities.The 3rd book seems merely anecdotal when compared to the others.I had hoped for more since it was written by a pediatrician and mother of twins, but I found it to be light on content and completely superfluous given the more detailed information contained in the other two.I would highly recommend the first book, "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads."

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe not for everyone
    My first impression of this book was that it was a lot of doom and gloom. The author seems to be trying to prepare parents of twins for the worst, possibly so her innane advice will seem like wise suggestions after you become alarmed. The lists are just that, lists, of suggestions that any adult with a modicum of sense would already think of herself, unless, of course, she completely panicked because of the terrors of parenting that the author warns her about. If you have already lost your sanity after learning you will be the parent of twins, or if you have almost no faith in yourself as a parent-to-be, this book might be useful. Otherwise, I'd say skip it.

    Tragically, I will not be able to test any of the advice because I lost my twin boys, Tristan and Gunnar, at 21 weeks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Disconcerting at first, but so much great practical advice
    I purchased this book after finding out, at 20 weeks, that our first child was actually 2 boys.As I began reading the book, at first I was overwhelmed by the details and felt a little like my idealistic bubble was bursting.I think because these are our first children, it was a little hard to lose that imagined baby utopia.But as our pregnancy has progressed, and we're reaching the time when we need to understand the "how-to" of having two infants at once, this book has been priceless.The author (and the friends she has enlisted for experiences and opinions) have compiled some extremely useful information.I found a lot of comfort reading the chapters about feeding and sleeping because it took a lot of the pressure off of having to try and make sure my babies sleep at the same time, in the same room, etc.In general, I think this book releases the reader from the parental expectations that sometimes build up throughout your pregnancy.It offers some great options/alternatives.Because of this book, I think that I will be much more open and creative about child-rearing options.
    One other specific I found to be helpful was the list of equipment with some specific numbers.I work well from lists, and it helped me tremendously to be able to have a copy of the list to take with me as I began registering for baby items.It was overwhelming enough to walk into Babies R Us with the list. I can't imagine how painful an experience it would have been without the list (or just using the one the store provides).The author is great at telling you the things you'll really need and the things that are optional/totally useless.
    My mother-in-law also read/skimmed the book while visiting and found it extremely interesting and useful.I definitely recommend passing it along to family or friends who will be helping with child-care.
    We still have a few weeks before our boys show up, but I'm hoping that some of the advice and practical knowledge in this book will help ease the transition into parenting twins.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well-organized, but not enough detail
    This is a good book for somebody who already has already done some research, taken classes, or has familiarity with raising kids. It is well-organized and provides a quick reference. However, it was not a good fit for me. I do not have older kids, and this is the first book I read on the subject. Too many of the terms the author used were unfamiliar, and the book does not provide a good explanation for them. What is a boppy? How exactly do you swaddle a baby? I found it frustrating to have to read the book practically at my computer, so that I can google all unfamiliar terms. A few pictures or explanations would have gone a long way. I was also annoyed by the constant reminders (practically every other page) to take prenatal classes to really learn the subject in each chapter. I thought the book was supposed to provide the necessary information. I next read the book "Juggling Twins" by Meghan Regan-Loomis. I found it a lot more informative for somebody who is just starting and trying to learn the basics not only when it comes to twins, but to babies in general. In short, in my opinion, if you want a quick reference on important points when raising twins, "Twin Sense" is a good book. If you need more detail, you may want to read something else first, or do some online research on your own. ... Read more

    16. Understanding Multiple-Birth Children and How They Learn: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators
    by John Mascazine
    Paperback: 228 Pages (2004-08-02)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$14.95
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    Asin: 1418426040
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Pitch for my book: Multiple-Birthsiblings intrigue us. They share a unique relationship. While there have been numerous studies employing twinsand higher order multiples, few studies have Investigated how they learn. UnderstandingMultiple-Birth Children and How They Learn offers advice for parentsand teachers to help them make wise academic decisions. It addresses issues that many parents and teachers encounter. Separatechapters cover: preparing multiples for school, classroom placementdecisions, individual identity and recognition, competition and cooperation issues, and the learning styles ofmultiples.Understanding Multiple-Birth Children and How They Learn contains surveys for use with same-agesiblings. Parents and teachers may use these surveys as they make academicdecisions. Dr. Mascazine draws upon his classroomteaching experiences to share practical ideas. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
    A lot of work clearly went into this book, but not a lot of information. If you're looking for info, some of the web references are the wrong addresses, the book is about 220 pages (double spaced) with about 100 pages that are reprints of "checklists" - i.e., does your child prefer to be warm or cool when studying? There are references to other people's work (admittedly there's not a lot out there) but it seems only anecdotal original work, most of which is repeated numerous times and is generally the same girl identical twins. For those of you out there looking for answers, they're not in this book. ... Read more

    17. Your Pregnancy Quick Guide: Twins, Triplets and More (Your Pregnancy Series)
    by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler
    Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-06-28)
    list price: US$7.95 -- used & new: US$1.95
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    Asin: 0738210080
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    By the best-selling authors of the Your Pregnancy series, medically sound and succinct information for the pregnant woman who needs detailed information on a specific concern

    The book you need to have when you're having more than one

    Explanations of the special tests for mother and babies throughout pregnancy

    Information on the nutritional needs and target weight gain for mothers expecting more than one child

    From birth presentation to monitoring during labor, what may happen during childbirth

    Cesarean-section-the facts

    Information about premature birth and how you can protect yourself

    Suggestions for coping with pregnancy discomforts

    Advice if you're an older mother-to-be or working woman

    AUTHORBIO; Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., an obstetrician/gynecologist, is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Curtis is married and the father of five. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Judith Schuler, M.S., has worked and co-authored books with Dr. Curtis for more than 20 years. Ms. Schuler divides her time between homes in Laramie, Wyoming and Tucson, Arizona. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars The book you don't need to have... contrary to what the cover says!
    If you'd like to know what can go wrong, this is the book for you.It even ends by assuming your children will be very premature.And the 'good, the bad, and the snuggly' sections provide snippets from parents who've had everything from anemia, to conjoined twins, and the double threat of a vaginal delivery for one baby and an emergency ultrasound for the other.Where is the joy?Not in this book.We all know many terrible things can happen, and the internet can help with research of specific issues, which you'd still want to do if you came across something briefly mentioned in the book. ... Read more

    18. Twins! Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Life, Second Edition
    by Connie Agnew, Alan Klein, Jill Alison Ganon
    Paperback: 368 Pages (2006-02-01)
    list price: US$18.99 -- used & new: US$6.49
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    Asin: 0060742194
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Twins! is a comprehensive guide for all parents preparing for a multiple birth. It is filled with practical advice from specialists who work with expectant mothers and their twins every day.

    From the moment the expectant mom knows she's getting more than she expected, Twins! provides complete information on pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience:

    • Your relationship with your practitioner
    • Pre-pregnancy planning
    • Fetal and embryonic development
    • Healthy weight gain for expectant mothers

    Once the babies are born, Twins! sees the whole family through the exciting and challenging first year, examining such issues as:

    • Sleeping and feeding schedules
    • Your babies as individuals
    • Redefining the family and supporting the needs of other children
    • Survival tips for extra-busy parents
    • Insightful roundtable discussions with other parents of twins

    New in this second edition:

    • Complimentary medical practices, including acupuncture, supplements and herbs—as well as current safety guidelines for the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications
    • 3-D ultrasound images of developing twins
    • What parents need to know about immunizations and their safety
    • An up-to-date resource guide to twin-specific organizations, periodicals, and Internet links
    • And much more!

    Twins! gives you all the information you need to have a safe and sound twin pregnancy so you can concentrate on the joy of raising happy, healthy children.


    Amazon.com Review
    The authors bill it as a "truly epic journey": the voyage frompregnancy through a lifetime of parenting twins. PerinatologistsConnie L. Agnew, M.D., and Alan H. Klein, M.D. (also a pediatrician)incorporate a winning combination of helpful facts, educated opinion,and candid roundtable discussions--a combination that nicely maps thejourney's first course for expectant parents of multiples.

    Thosereaders familiar with the ever-popular What to Expect When You'reExpecting--a mainstay for first-time parents--will bedelighted to see a similar format employed here. The pregnancy andbirth chapters break down into chunks of gestational weeks, outliningbasic fetal development, mom's changing body, and special"transitional" issues common to each trimester. These chapters arefurther enhanced by pencil illustrations of the mother's pregnant body(with a peekaboo view of the developing twins) and roundtablediscussions involving the authors and a panel of twins' parents.

    The book's second half delves into getting through that first, toughyear.While ample information on labor and delivery overlaps bothhalves of the book, this second section spends more time focused onthe growing babies and the challenges new parents face in theirrelationships with their children and with each other. Again, theroundtable discussions prove quite valuable; it's always nice to readencouraging words from those who have lived through preterm delivery,sleep deprivation, and older sibling regression. Growth charts and ahelpful resource guide of organizations, periodicals, and retailoutlets round out the package. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Book on Twins
    We received this book in a very timely manner and was in very good condition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful for first-timers!
    I really appreciated this book on pregnancy with twins. As a first-time mother, I wanted to know not only how my pregnancy could go week-by-week, but how it differed from a singleton pregnancy. This book was great for this. While it did not go week-by-week, it went by every few weeks of new development. The chapters were informative and included pictures and "things-to-expect." They also included situations that may come up and offered good explanations of this.

    My husband also enjoyed this book because of the discussions they held from parents of twins at the end of each section. He enjoyed that the dad's were involved in the discussion as well. A lot of books do not offer much towards first-time fathers, so he liked that they were included.

    I would recommend this book for first-timers. It's great to pick up at any given point in your pregnancy when you are asking yourself- "is this a normal symptom?" The book reassured me and rested my worries.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for women pregnant or recently have had twins!
    I was having a very hard time finding books on twins and ecspecially twin pregnancy. This book was my answer. It had a month by month guide on my pregnancy, a lot of helpful tips, and then a guide for when my babies were born too! I loved it!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing different from side notes on twins in conventional pregnancy books
    Given that caring for twins is expensive, I felt that this book wasn't a good investment for me.It did not give me any information that wasn't already in the side notes on twins/multiples in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and the information on pregnancy in general was better presented in "What to Expect When You're Expecting."I was disappointed that there was not more information on cesarean births andbirth plans.The "interviews" at the end of each chapter presented as fake to me and seemed to be added just to fill space since there wasn't enough specialized information to make the book thick enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Twins, Pregnancy, Birth & First Year of Life, Second Edition
    This book is a must have for all parents having twins!The information contained in the book is invaluable. We have found many hints & tips from feeding, to sleeping all for the first year of life.We even found information as to how to incorporate a security blanket for the twins when they are a few months old to help them fall asleep. ... Read more

    19. Having Twins: A Parent's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Early Childhood
    by Elizabeth Noble
    Paperback: 448 Pages (1991-01-10)
    list price: US$18.00 -- used & new: US$27.25
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    Asin: 0395493382
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    This complete guide to multiple pregnancy is now fully revised and brought up to date with a decade's advances in research, in understanding the psychology of parents and twins, and in the author's experise in guiding expectant and new parents through all aspects of having twins. More women than ever are having twins, and this book is ever more needed. And because every multiple pregnancy is by definition a special-needs pregnancy, the parents should have all the knowledge available to promote a successful outcome. Of particular interest in the revised edition are new chapters on prenatal psychology, prevention and treatment of premature delivery, twin bonding, and the experience of loss. The best and latest in prenatal care is stressed, with special attention to the importance of nutrition and physical preparation. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars I wanted a user friendly guide, not an unabridged dictionary
    I was looking for a comprehensive, layman terms guide that I can refer to in anticipation of the birth of my twins.This books wasn't it.Its seems as if the author forgot her audience, parents that do not have time to completely comprehend each and every detailed paragraph of a page. Extremely busy/expectant/multitasking parents are the norm - they are looking for bite sized datathat they can learn from - quickly.Hoping this author takes to heart this feedback and revisits what could be a valuable resource.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Americans Still Don't Like the Truth
    As a childbirth educator I have reviewed numerous books on birth and can only strongly recommend this book for my students/clients carrying multiples.While every other developed country in the world knows the benefits of hormone-free meats and animal products and evidence-based maternity care, we Americans still suffer under our unrestrained capitalistic model of care.Yes, the author, Eliz. Noble, recommends organic and natural foods and yes, vegetarianism.Food corporations began giving them to animals in the 70's--not for our benefit--but for their's.Faster growth and more production.The American Cancer Society recognizes that vegetarianism is the most effective way to avoid most cancers.But Noble says if vegetarianism isn't for you--go organic.It is also the TRUTH that our bodies have not changed in the last 35 years, but how OBs treat women certainly have.What mainstream Americans consider "in their best interest" advice from their OBs is often actually "liability-risk care" and not "evidence-based care".Noble cites studies and evidence-based care and this is simply too difficult for most mainstream Americans to hear.That's why, out of the 26 placings of developed countries, we rank #25 in maternal mortality and #21 in infant mortality.That's bad, very, very, very bad.For the truth that other developed countries know, read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This author has it on the ball
    I really appreciated the author's views on protecting children. I found her to be progressive and well-informed when it came to such issues as circumcision. There is a great deal of medical research which shows that circumcision is harmful and traumatizing to the child, and this author tells it like it is.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very bizarre one-sided perspective
    I've read most of this book and the more I've read the more bizarre it is.Noble claims that hypertension, anemia, and gestational diabetes are natural aspects of pregnancy that can be harmful if treated.She says bedrest is actually harmful, that ultrasounds increase fetal mortality and left-handedness (???) and a host of other claims.She implies that those carrying multiples many years ago gave birth to healthy 7-lb each infants with none of the problems that some of us having multiples face today. She is an advocate for veganism, water births, home births, doulas and midwives and avoiding pain meds.Though my twins are big and healthy I certainly didn't take the advice in this book.

    This is not medically sound advice nor is it objective or open-minded.It is a book of extreme views.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
    This was the first book that I bought when I found out that I was expecting twins and I found it to be outdated and full of a lot of biased information.The author has her own thoughts about what type of diet you should eat and advocates natural childbirth but doesn't provide a very comprehensive point of view to assist those that may not want to experience childbirth the way that she has.If you share her views then this book will be very helpful to you.

    I also tried contacting a lot of resources at the back of the book and found most of the numbers to be disconnected. ... Read more

    20. Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book)
    by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada
    Paperback: 429 Pages (2007-04-11)
    list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$12.07
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    Asin: 0976896931
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A mother of multiple babies may find herself wondering if she can produce enough milk, how to coordinate feedings, and if breastfeeding is even an option for her. The simple answer: Yes! In the third revised edition of Mothering Multiples, author Karen Kerkhoff Gromada offers valuable information with an emphasis on breastfeeding and attachment-style parenting. All aspects of caring for multiple babies are addressed, including possible complications of pregnancy, preparing for a multiple birth, coping with newborns who might need to spend time in a NICU, establishing a milk supply for multiple babies, adjusting as a couple, and caring for toddler multiples. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars so helpful
    As a mother, now of five (I just had twins.) I needed a little more help and support to manage nursing my newest additions.This book has all the information I have looked for.I have found it amazingly helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mother of one 3 year old and now expecting twins!

    I am a mother of a 3 year old and am now expecting twins in a few months.. This book is easy to read, has lots of details about breast feeding, how to handle the NICU and the babies once they come home...as well as family life and how to plan ahead for time saving tips and help around the house.My first child was born very early and stayed in the NICU for many weeks. I can that the descriptions in this book are wonderful and will really prepare you for what "could" possibly happen if your babies are born too early...(this is something that you don't ever want to think about but....its good to read ahead and be prepared just in case.)

    I have enjoyed reading this book and think that it would make a welcome addition to your arsenal of twins/multiples books especially if you plan to breast feed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A real supporter...
    I started reading this book towards the end of my pregnancy. It has given me support and confidence all the way through to breastfeed. OK, I has to supplement with a formula but still this book helped me to hang in there and it has been 10 mnths and we are still continuing to breastfeed, Still consulting the book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Skip it if you've BF before
    I was looking for more tips about raising twins.This is a great book IF you've not breastfeed before.If you have, you'll get more from DR.Luke's book about your pregnancy & the web about after wards from good boards.Still looking for a good book about how to handle two at once.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Multiples Books
    I already had a 4 year old and a 2 year old when my twins were born 3 months ago.I felt like a pro when it came to breastfeeding my singletons!However, I was scared & frustrated by the lack of sufficient info to help me prepare for the pregnancy & raising of my twins.Every single "Twin Resource" I picked up in the bookstore was worthless to me.I was searching an elusive prize: The Perfect Book to guide me through the unexpected.

    Having successfully breastfed my older children, I was determined to do my best with the twins.And trust me, there were PLENTY of well meaning know-it-alls trying to discourage me from even trying.I'm here to tell you that it is definitely possible & doable...if you are determined.

    I had well intentioned family members helping me out in the early days of coming home from the hospital.I felt a lot of pressure to supplement with formula.And I felt very sabotaged at times when my babies were fed those evil sample bottles from the hospital behind my back!

    In my struggle to do the best that I could for my children, I consulted my copy of Mothering Multiples, I saw a lactation consultant religiously, I rented the hospital grade pump to help get my supply up, and I nursed those babies day and night (and day and night)!

    This book was crucial to me when I needed "back-up" for my case when I felt the need to tell those breastfeeding naysayers to back off.This book and the EZ 2 Nurse pillow are the two items I recommend to women expecting multiples!

    Best of luck to you & your babies! ... Read more

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