Melissa Jo Peltier

Author of fiction and nonfiction; film and television producer/writer/director

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The Mommy Docs Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth


Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Authors: Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill & Dr. Alane Park, with Melissa Jo Peltier

The pregnancy resource you can trust: medically reliable information, mom-to-mom advice.

If you want the real deal on pregnancy, you’ve come to the right book! Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are three top obstetricians who have personally welcomed more than 10,000 babies into the world. But they’ve been on the other side of the ultrasound too—as mothers themselves, they have each experienced the joys and anxieties of pregnancy firsthand. Morning sickness . . . unexpected contractions . . . midnight feedings . . . even serious complications . . . they’ve been there! Now they share everything you need to know about this exciting, life-changing journey.

Written in a clear and friendly style, The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth offers the most up-to-date medical guidance. It’s packed with real-life stories from new moms and practical tips straight from the Docs’ office. From pre-conception to postpartum, you’ll find answers to your most pressing questions, including:

Can birth control pills cause fertility problems?
When will I start showing?
Which prenatal tests do I really need?
Is my baby getting the right nutrition?
Is it true that I can’t touch a cat, eat sushi, or color my hair for nine months?
If I get a cold, is it safe to take medication?
How do I create a birth plan?
What if I go into labor alone?
If I’ve had a cesarean delivery before, will I need to have one with my next pregnancy?
How can I make breastfeeding easier?
This extraordinarily comprehensive guide also includes chapters on diet and exercise, high-risk pregnancies, and the most often-repeated myths. Complete with illustrations of your baby’s development, The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth is your reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.

Published Works

Reality Boulevard
"...a book in the tradition of great Hollywood novels, from Carroll and Garrett Graham’s Queer People (1930) to Michael Tolkin’s The Player (1988), and reads like Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 Network screenplay retooled for the 21st century" - Ken Salikoff, Kirkus Indie Magazine
Fiction
"In this smart, funny, insightful novel, reality TV becomes all too real...Peltier examines the Hollywood world of writers, producers, rich kids, actors, wannabes and con men with a keen and often compassionate eye. " - Kirkus Reviews
"Once I started reading "Reality Boulevard," I could not stop...this is the best satirical look behind-the-scenes of "reality television" ever written." - Arnold Shapiro, Oscar & Emmy-winning Producer of Scared Straight; Rescue 911; Big Brother
“[Millan] arrives amid canine chaos and leaves behind peace.” —Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
Non-Fiction (Co-Author)
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking...this is an impressive piece of work.” - Bookviews, June 2011