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Orion Pregnancy & Childcare TPB August £14.99 320pp 978 1 4091 4231 7 ebook: £14.99 978 1 4091 4232 4

Freakonomics meets What to Expect When You’re Expecting in this groundbreaking guidebook

Orion Pregnancy & Childcare • August 2013

EMILY OSTER Expecting Better: How to Fight the Pregnancy Establishment with Facts A much-needed clarion call to educate and inspire women everywhere to make informed and confident choices for their babies and themselves. Meet today’s woman. She is capable, opinionated, informed. On any given day, you might find her graduating from university or running a major company. But there’s a good chance that at some point in her life this same amazing woman will be terrified by a cup of coffee, baffled by a tuna sandwich and exhausted from sleeping in contorted positions. There’s also a good chance she'll succumb to any number of costly, risky, and entirely unnecessary medical procedures, without ever asking why. This isn’t the plot of a science fiction novel, but rather the story of modern pregnancy. Pregnancy – unquestionably one of the most profound, meaningful experiences of adulthood – reduces otherwise intelligent, successful women to patients who are expected to follow a series of arbitrary rules and conform to a set of established myths. Why aren’t women trusted to look at the evidence for themselves? Why aren’t they given the scientific data, so they can draw their own conclusions? Emily Oster is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. She was featured in Superfreakonomics for her study of the effects of cable TV on the birthrate in India. Her work has featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Esquire.

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Location: Chicago, USA Available for Interview @emily__oster