The Mother of All Pregnancy Books
"Thank you, Ann Douglas, for The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. Canada can now hold its own in the glutted pregnancy book field....Comprehensive, informative, up-to-date, and brazenly neutral. A must-have primer."
- The Toronto Star
"Not preachy and bossy....it's upfront and fun."
- The Toronto Sun
"If you're looking for the inside scoop on what it's really like to have a baby, you've come to the right place. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books takes on tough topics most pregnancy books shy away from. It's a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 Canadian parents, this information is served up with a uniquely Canadian spin."
- Hamilton Spectator
"Douglas writes about pregnancy in an easy, girlfriend-to-girlfriend style....The book's strength is its woman-centredness, all the way from the twinkle in the eye to postpartum."
- Today's Parent
"A book that lives up to its name....Incredibily comprehensive yet easy to follow. Author Ann Douglas has packed a remarkable amount of text, charts, and tables into this 500-plus page volume that covers nearly every aspect of pregnancy, from considering pregnancy (is there ever a "good" time to do it?) to nutrition, exercising, breast-feeding and the top [worries]."
- Chicago Tribune
"For couples laboring to conceive and for couples counting down the months to their baby's ETA, Douglas provides an indispensable resource. Without preaching to mothers-to-be or laughing off their cravings, complaints and concerns, this information-packed book presents the hard facts and a variety of perspectives to let parents-to-be make up their own minds about critical issues."
- San Diego Family Magazine
"The must-read pregnancy book! Ann Douglas has created the most comprehensive guide to pregnancy we've ever seen."
- Denise and Alan Fields, authors, Baby Bargains
"At long last, a new pregnancy bible for women of my generation and younger has emerged in the form of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. With humor, sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style, and a million 'extras' that the leading pregnacny books don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back. Not only do I love this book, but I will use it as a valuable tool in my own work as a women's health author."
- M. Sara Rosenthal, author of The Pregnancy Sourcebook
"Start reading this treasure trove even before you get pregnant so you can make it through every jam-packed page before your baby arrives."
- Paula Spencer, author of Momfidence
"Finally, a pregnancy book that includes essential pre-pregnancy concerns, such as planning and physical and emotional preparation! Ann Douglas has written her pasterwork The Mother of All Pregnancy Books in the same unpretentious consicse style as her Unofficial Guide. She also stays true to her goal of informing parents and prospective parents as completely as possible, so they will be well-equipped to sort through the pros and cons of their own life choices as they see them. Not one to forgo difficult issues, her chapter entitled "When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect" is one of the best I've read, both for its sensitivity and for its emphasis on coping and prevention. This is a book that will serve women and their families well."
- A. Christine Harris, PhD, author of The Pregnancy Journal
"This is truly the mother of all pregnancy books -- an intelligent resource that covers every pregnancy-related topic imaginable in a fun, reassuring way. Ann Douglas has done an exceptional job of arming parents-to-be with the facts they need to make the healthiest possible choices from preconception through postpartum. A must-have!
- Susan Newman, PhD, author of Parenting An Oly Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
"The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is a comprehensive and incredibly informative resource about pregnancy (and what comes before and after!) Ann Douglas tells all in her witty style, entertaining readers along the way. Unlike other pregnancy books, Douglas combines thorough research and reporting with the human touch, offering her own experiences and insight while educating her readers at one of the most important times in their lives. This book is not to be missed!"
- Elisa Ast All, Founder, Pregnancy magazine, Baby Years magazine, and iParenting.com
"If you're looking for an all-in-one 'Tell me everything, and tell it like it is' book for your pregnancy, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is it. Not only is this heft volume filled with facts about fertility, pregnancy, and birth, it also contains hundreds of anecdotes from moms who lived -- and maybe even loved -- pregnancy. Author Ann Douglas knows her stuff, and is wise but not preachy, friendly but not overbearing. Keep this book close at hand for instand guidance through the highs and lows of this extraordinary time."
- Nancy J. Price, SheKnows.com
"Here's a book that's packed with up-to-date information and practical advice on almost every aspect of pregnancy -- from prenatal testing to proper nutrition, from infertility procedures to financial planning, from bedrest to breastfeeding. Yet despite its breadth and depth, the text is not dry or dull. Instead, Ann Douglas's reassuring style and insightful anecdores make readers feel like they're chatting with a savvy, smart, sympathetic friend."
- Tamara Eberlein, coauthor of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads and Program Your Baby's Health
The Mother of All Baby Books
"Ann Douglas, Canada's own Dr. Spock, gies us the manual Mother Nature forgot to include."
- Flare Pregnancy
"Ann Douglas tells new mothers exactly what they need to know in The Mother of All Baby Books."
- Quill and Quire
"A great gift for anyone who's pregnant of whose baby is a few months old."
- The Toronto Sun
"Indispensable! Every mom and dad should be issued a copy of this book at the hospital!"
- Denise and Alan Fields, authors, Baby Bargains
"With humor, sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style, and a million 'extras' that the leading baby books on the shelves don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back. Finally a baby book written for women of my generation."
- M. Sara Rosenthal, author of The Breastfeeding Sourcebook
"The Mother of All Baby Books is an amazing resource that all mothers will love. Brilliantly presented the book is both practical and inspirational, and no topic is left unexplored. Ann Douglas is the kind of savvy and reassuring guide that you'll want by your side as you embark on the monumental journey into motherhood."
- Cecelia A. Cancellaro, author of Pregnancy Stories: Real Women Share the Joys, Fears, Thrills, and Anxieties of Pregnancy from Conception to Birth
"The Mother of All Baby Books provides excellent advice for topics that are easily overlooked during the pregnancy/baby adventure. The real-life exampes do a superb job supporting these topics in addition to giving you creative ideas on how you can implement these helpful suggestions into your life."
- Sandra Gookin, co-author of Parenting for Dummies
"There's nothing like another 'Mother' to help you navigate the amazing first year with a new baby. The Mother of All Baby Books has advice for almost everything you'll encounter."
- Paula Spencer, author of Momfidence
"A major thumbs-up goes to The Mother of All Baby Books -- a fabulously-written, comprehensive guide to baby care that is definitely a must-read for any parent or caregiver. Full of real-life experiences and wonderful tips, this book ansewrs all those nagging little questions that plague parents, as well as providing scads of valuable ideas on how to do a bang-up job of baby care. It covers the whole spectrum -- everything from getting prepped for the magical moments (meeting/greeting your band-new baby) to brass-tack practicalities, such as choosing a baby carrier. (I'll definitely keep this book close at hand for my own new-baby questions this year!)"
- Jennifer Shoquist, MD, author of Potty Training for Dummies
"Ann Douglas has done it again! Like her pregnancy books, this new baby-rearing guide is comprehensive yet easy to read. Parents will find answers to all their questions, from big decisions ("How do we choose a pediatrician?) to minor matters ("Which wallpaper for the nursery?"), from age-old anxieties ("Is my baby eating enough?) to contemporary concerns ("Should we bank the umbilical cord blood?). Plus, the book is reader-firendly and fun, with its practical suggestions reinforced by lively anecdotes from savvy, experienced parents."
- Tamara Eberlein, co-author of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads and Program Your Baby's Health
"As the old saying goes, 'Babies don't come with instruction manuals.' Well, Ann Douglas' The Mother of All Baby Books is really the next best thing! Covering everything imaginable -- from newborn care to bathing basics, babyproofing your home to coping with sleepless nights -- you will find ways to nurture this amazing new little person in your life while still keeping your sanity. Ann's wise ideas, researched information and real-life tips will help you make this time even more magical and memorable."
- Nancy J. Price, Editor, SheKnows.com
The Mother of All Toddler Books
"A comprehensive reference."
- Canadian Nurse
"Informative and sensible...Who needs Dr. Spock with [Ann] Douglas around?"
- Multiple Moments
The Mother of All Parenting Books
"Douglas manages to impart a wealth of knowledge with warmth and wit. Her easy-to-read, parent-friendly style makes this a book you can turn to again and again....She'll help you feel more secure and sure of [yourself] in all aspects of childrearing."
- Work and Family Life
The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby
“Probably the best reference book on the market, giving nonjudgemental and fairly exhaustive information on [a variety of ] hot-button topics…. The book lays out as much information as possible and leaves the decision-making to the parents—a surprisingly rare gambit in the bossy world of pregnancy books.”
- Amazon.com Parenting Editor
“Whether you are looking for the latest information on high-tech resources or down-to-earth everyday suggestions, this book has it all. There are money-saving tips and charts and checklists to help you through the pregnancy months and get you ready for the delivery; the comments are honest and often touching as Moms talk about disappointments and highs that were part of their experience. A great resource to have on hand."
- Valleykids Parent News
“Anyone who wants to become a parent may very well be overwhelmed by all the decisions to be made. Fortunately, The Unofficial Guide does a good job of explaining it all. When there is conflicting data (will it be breast or bottle?) the authors present both sides of the argument. There’s even a frank discussion about the pros and cons of having a baby, including the truth about the mommy track.”
- Liza N. Burby, Newsday
“There may be better books on individual pregnancy topics, but few can touch the excellent overview of nearly every pregnancy-related issue this book offers. It should answer all the panicky, late-night questions of most expectant couples.”
- Wendy Haaf, Great Expectations
The Unofficial Guide to Childcare
“The childcare bible.”
- Chicago Tribune
“A lot of practical information…. This clearly written tome discusses working parent stress, evaluating out-of-home and in-home childcare options, finding care for a special-needs child, breastfeeding, and part-time care.” - LA Parent
“The Unofficial Guide to Childcare explains how to do a foolproof appraisal of childcare professionals, with plenty of insider secrets and time-saving tips.”
Sanity Savers: The Canadian Woman’s Guide to Almost Having it All
“Useful advice and information delivered in a fun, reassuring and practical way.”
- Laura Bickle, Senior Editor, Canadian Living
“When the going gets tough…the tough get tips from Ann Douglas.”
- Ann Rohmer, Host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television
“An excellent resource for women who are desperate to restore some sanity to their too-busy lives.
- Cheryl Embrett, Senior Editor, Homemaker’s
“Sanity Savers not only helps mothers keep all those balls in the air, but it helps us relax when one inevitably drops.”
- Louise Brown, Parenting Columnist, The Toronto Star
“[Ann Douglas] writes in a no-nonsense way, rather like a mom organizing her life and leaving to-do lists all over the house.”
- Ellen Roseman, Personal-Finance Columnist, The Toronto Star
“Every parent can profit from reading Family Finance…it’s an engaging read.”
- Helen M. Keeler, Canadian Living
“With candid photos and a warm, conversational text, Baby Science describes the first extraordinary year of life.”
- Children’s Book of the Month Club
“Douglas helps a youngster navigate the Baby World with ease.”
- Judy W. Winne, Courier-Post
“A clearly written, factual book aimed at young children. Peppered with interesting little facts and simple explanations about a baby’s first year, it addresses many of the questions kids have about babies.” - Peterborough Examiner
“Engagingly educational in focus, Baby Science…explains how to guess what babies are trying to say, why their bodies look the way they do, how to hold them and how much they eat and sleep.”
- Publisher’s Weekly
"Thoughtfully laid out, Ann's books give you insight into the multiple ways that birth and parenting can unfold for you. Highly recommended."
- Toronto doula Amanda Spakowski
"Ann's insight into children and they work is brilliantly captured in all of her books. The books helped me in so many ways."
- Wendy Silva (a.k.a. Mapsgirl)
"Thank mother for The Mother of All Pregnancy Books."
- Emma Willer, Toronto mom and blogger, Here Be Willers