Baby Books
Baby Books

When A Child Is Born

A Child Is Born Book Review

When A Child Is Born is the most beautiful and informative pregnancy book I was given when I was pregnant with my son. My mother came to stay with me and gave it to me and I can remember literally sitting with it that day and reading it and looking at the pictures from beginning to end.

As a pregnant woman I just really wanted to know what my baby looked like and as far as I have been able to find, no book shows you like this one does.

I am really thrilled to be able to add this wonderful review by Joy Cagill of when A Child Is Born to our site as she teaches us a lot about the author and photographer as well as bringing the true magic of the book to life.

new born child
A Child Is Born (Book Review)

Book Review By Joy Cagil

The book I now hold in my hands is a jewel of a classic. Its first edition was published about forty years ago. This is the fourth 2003 edition and still a very valid book to answer the question of "Where did I come from, Mommy?"

Yet, this book is not for answering a child's probing questions only; it enlightens anyone who wants to explore the miracle of a human being's coming to life. A collective work of a famous photographer and an obstetrician, the book examines the miracle of birth from the point of conception to the moment of delivery. It is not just a story of birth, however, but a pictorial, informative journey.

350 new photographs have been added to the fourth edition, making the book a spectacular chronicle of a picturesque and informational voyage with a developing fetus. When A Child Is Born is not a pregnancy guide; although, it celebrates a newly forming life step by step through the amazing wizardry of photography. The unedited, groundbreaking photographs show all aspects and details of life from conception to birth.

One wonders how the camera took all those photos, like the first few cluster of cells of the fetus or the heart of the fetus as the first formed organ, and how it got into those impossible places and with such detail and clarity. The text, too, is clearly written, informative, and detailed.

"When A Child Is Born" has six chapters. The first four are:

"Woman and Man"
"Fertilization and Conception,"
"Pregnancy" (in three parts as--Weeks 3-12, Weeks 13-26, and Weeks 27-40) and
"Labor and Delivery"

The fifth chapter, "When Nature Needs Help," investigates the fertility problems and different ways of helping conception.

Sixth and the last chapter "The Adventure Begins," is about bringing the new baby home.

The book is in softcover and hardcover and 240 pages with ISBN: 038533754X

The author, Lars Hamberger, M.D., is the professor and the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Gothenburg University, Sweden. Famous for his research and writing in the medical field, Hamberger has worked with the photographer of the book, Lennart Nilsson since the third edition of the book.

Lennart Nilsson is a pioneer in medical photography. Born in 1922, he started off as a magazine photographer for companies such as Åhlén & Åkerlund in Stockholm during the mid 1940’s.

When he was assigned to do a portrait of a professor at Sabbatsbergs Hospital in Stockholm, he saw some embryos stored in glass jars. The development of the embryos that had progressed so far after only a few weeks captured his attention and he photographed them.

In 1953, these photos were met with enthusiasm when published by Life Magazine. This lead to the first edition of "A child is born." With the publication of "A child is born" in 1965, Life Magazine did a feature article that ran sixteen pages plus the cover with pictures from the book. The eight million copies that made up the edition were sold out in four days. The article was published simultaneously in Stern, Paris Match, Sunday Times, and other magazines.

Throughout the years, Lennart Nilsson received many awards for his photographic work such as: The Little Nobel Prize, Hasselblad’s Prize, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Big Gold Medal, and the 12th presentation of Illis quorum. In 1982 he received an Emmy for his film, "The Saga Of Life" and in 1996 an additional Emmy for the TV series, "The Miracle of Life". Lennart Nilsson was also designated an Honorary Doctor of Medicine by the Karolinska Institute in 1976 and he is Honorary Doctor of Philosophy of the Technische Unversität Braunschweig in Germany (2002) as well as of Linköping University in Sweden (2003).

NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Voyager I and Voyager II both carried photographs from “A Child is Born” on their journey through our solar system and out into the universe. Lennart Nilsson’s work can be found in collections at a number of museums and institutions, including the British Museum in London, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and the Modern Museum in Stockholm.

Lennart Nilsson's books are: Life in Sea, 1959; Halleluja, 1963; A Child is Born 1965, 1976, 1990, 2003; Behold Man, 1973; How was I Born? 1975; Close to Nature, 1984; The Body Victorious, 1985; Being Born, 1986; The Incredible Machine, 1986; and Images of his life, 2002.

This book is not only for expectant parents, but also for grandparents, for siblings and for all people who respect the miracle of life.

This article has been submitted by Joy Cagil in affiliation with http://www.BabyNameVote.Com/ which is a site for Baby Names. Joy Cagil is an author in http://www.Writing.Com

Article Source:

pregnancy books

Click here to be taken directly to to learn more about when A Child Is Born or to purchase it.

Please share your thoughts, comments or own review of when A Child Is Born.

Pregnancy Calendars

Other Pregnancy Books

My pregnancy journal is the most wonderful gift I have to give to my baby in years to come as it documents the beginning of their life.

Pregnancy magazines are great fun to read while you are pregnant. This is a time when you deserve to read something that is dedicated to you and let's face it they are full of pictures of women who make being pregnant look good.

Pregnancy For Men
Most fathers-to-be will politely page through the pregnancy books their wives give them and throw them in a drawer. Dads like to learn on the job. Many of these books teach men what they need to know everything behind the scenes in a pregnancy, with a heavy dose of guy humor thrown in. These are the pregnancy books men will read and we hope relate to.

Pregnancy Stories
Many pregnancy stories in books about pregnancy give us stories we can relate to when we find ourselves pregnant. Here you will find a well recommended DVD about teenage pregnancies, a book full of up-lifting stories about pregnancy, a link to a website dedicated to sharing pregnancy stories particularly for the over 40's mums. As well as links to the well recommended fit pregnancy magazine and other pregnancy magazines.

Cesarean Births
Cesearan Recovery by Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy has become a bible in my doula practice specialising in cesarean births. At less than 130 pages, this relatively short and well illustrated tome is brilliant at offering advice and hope to mums who have a cesarean birth. Read the rest of this review.

Search Our Site

Baby Books
Stumble It!
Pregnancy Miracle
" New E-book Reveals Unique Holistic and Ancient Chinese Strategies to get pregnant. Discover How To Get Pregnant Naturally...Even If Everything Else You Tried had Failed...Without Drugs, Without Surgery, and Without Nasty Side Effects – Guaranteed! Click Here!

Free Newsletter

Subscribe for our FREE Book Parent Newsletter today!
Learn more about our Newsletter.




Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Book Parent.

How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Through The Night

Within minutes, you can be reading the step-by-step instructions I share with parents who are dog tired because their baby won’t sleep through the night. Try my surefire method so you and your baby can get some uninterrupted sleep!
-- Robin Ariola
Click Here!

Potty Train Your Toddler

If you are looking for proven strategies for accelerated potty training and a complete solution to your potty training issues Many parents recommend the Potty Trained in 1 to 3 days Audio Guide.

What is this?
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Add to Google

Learn HOW to adopt a firm, clear, consistent parenting approach. Your whole family will blossom and grow.

Site Build It!

Learn all about how I created this website. I am loving creating a profitable online business while being the mum I want to be!

Special SiteSell Promotion

ADD TO YOUR SOCIAL BOOKMARKS: add to BlinkBlink add to add to DiggDigg
add to FurlFurl add to GoogleGoogle add to SimpySimpy add to SpurlSpurl Bookmark at TechnoratiTechnorati add to YahooY! MyWeb
Homepage | Links | Link To Us | Contact Us|Privacy Policy| What's New?|

Copyright© 2007 - 2009
All Rights Reserved
Return to top