Economics professor Emily Oster’s new book Expecting Better cuts through the myths and faulty data on pregnancyEveryone needs a friend like Emily Oster. She is brilliant at making decisions and can cut through hefty data like a cerebral samurai sword. An economics professor at the University of Chicago, Oster teaches MBA students how to make good business choices and employs economic principles to challenge the established line on anything from health policy to the division of household chores.So naturally, when Oster decided to have a baby, she set out to arm herself with all the numbers to do with pregnancy and childbirth. This turned out to be much harder than she had expected. In fact, she quickly became exasperated by the scarcity of hard facts and consistent advice that was available from doctors. Instead she was presented with a long list of rules, and found prenatal medical care infantalising.The good news is that the knowledge Oster eventually amassed is no longer only available to her eager pregnant chums, because she has collated her findings into a book. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong – and What You Really Need to Know, is the anti-What to Expect When …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books