SOCIAL SCIENCES

9 Months In, 9 Months Out: A Scientist's Tale of Pregnancy and Parenthood

Oxford Univ. Aug. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9780190863388. pap. $22.95. CHILD REARING
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Pictures, charts, and diagrams fill this academic look at parenting from LoBue (psychology, dir., Child Study Ctr., Rutgers Univ.), writer of Psychology Today's "The Baby Scientist" column. Here, LoBue presents both a personal chronicle of motherhood (in which she discusses being an academic and a scientist, addressing issues such as pay discrepancy and changes in her career trajectory as a result of having children) and a "real-time" account of the hard research on subjects including breastfeeding, sleep training, gender development, the science (or lack thereof) behind the vaccine/autism link, screen time, and personality development.
VERDICT LoBue's research-crammed, meticulously documented work will appeal to parents willing to engage with a more challenging read.

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