A Darwinian Guide to Parenting: Having a Baby

Lincoln G. Craton
Stonehill College, Easton, MA, USA

Sharon Ramos-Goyette, PhD
Stonehill College, Bridgewater State University, Easton, MA, USA

Series: Pregnancy and Infants: Medical, Psychological and Social Issues
BISAC: HEA041000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Did you ever wonder…

• When is the “best” time to have a baby?
• Why isn’t getting pregnant easier?
• Why do pregnant women find good food nauseating, but usually only in the first trimester?
• What’s the “normal” amount of weight to gain during pregnancy?
• Why do so many women experience heartbreaking miscarriages?

If only we knew the answers to these questions, we might be able to figure out ways to make the process of starting a family easier and more fulfilling. And now we can. The key, as developmental psychologist Linc Craton and biologist Sharon Ramos-Goyette explain, is to understand how nature has designed babies and their grownups.
Short, fun, and packed with eye-opening information, this book offers a fresh look at the everyday challenges of conceiving, carrying, birthing, and nurturing a baby. Drawing broadly on recent work in evolutionary science and developmental psychology to describe the evolution of family life, Craton and Ramos-Goyette show parents why having a baby is the way it is. With humor and compassion, they illustrate how to use this knowledge to rise above the challenges and become a better, happier parent-to-be.
Straight from the hearts and minds of two scientist/parents who have been there, this book describes in simple language the practical wisdom that comes from an evolutionary view of family living. Different in important ways from “natural family living” and “attachment parenting” approaches, this view is full of surprising new insights that will help you make the parenting choices that work for you.
Whether you have already taken the parenting plunge or are preparing to do so, you’ll be astounded and enlightened by this book. (Imprint: Nova)

Part I. Evolutionary Self-help: The Approach in this Book

Chapter 1 - Introduction (pp. 3-4)

Chapter 2 - How an Evolutionary Approach Helps Parents (pp. 5-12)

PART II. Before You Dive In: Some Things to Consider

Chapter 3 - The Menstruation Situation (pp. 14-24)

Chapter 4 - Your Age (pp. 25-38)

Chapter 5 - Why People Matter More Than Money (pp. 39-54)

Part III. Taking the Plunge

Chapter 6 - Diving In: A Mostly Humorous Look at Conceiving (pp. 55-68)

Chapter 7 - Eating Well during Pregnancy (pp. 69-80)

Chapter 8 - Much Weight Should I Gain? (pp. 81-88)

Chapter 9 - Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle (pp. 89-100)

Chapter 10 - Choosing Prenatal Care (pp. 101-110)


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