First March of Dimes Book "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby" Offers Scientifically-Based Advice for Pregnant Women and Invaluable Insights for New Parents

Jan 29, 2013, 10:19 ET from March of Dimes


The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide

By Siobhan Dolan, M.D. and Alice Lesch Kelly

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With approximately four million babies born in the U.S. last year, it's vital that millions of expectant parents have a trusted source for the latest information to guide them through pregnancy and prepare them to deliver a healthy baby.  HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide is the first book written with the March of Dimes, the #1 source for pregnancy information. 

Written by obstetrician gynecologist and medical advisor to the March of Dimes Siobhan Dolan, M.D. and award-winning health writer Alice Lesch Kelly, HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY (HarperOne; February 2013: Trade Paperback Original) is designed for women at all stages of pregnancy.  It provides the most accurate, up-to-date pregnancy health information including information you need before pregnancy, throughout nine months, and into the newborn period.  HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY is a practical, accessible, friendly guide with clear explanations, research-based recommendations, and sensible advice for the healthiest pregnancy possible, and explains the latest advances in:

  • Prenatal testing
  • Pregnancy nutrition
  • Fitness recommendations
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infant screening and care
  • Making your home environment safe
  • Managing postpartum symptoms.

The book also provides practical advice every mom-to-be wants quick access to, including:

  • A month by month guide showing your baby's development
  • A comprehensive checklist for labor, delivery and beyond
  • A glossary of terms women are likely to hear over the course of their pregnancy
  • A list of resources for specific circumstances (i.e. pregnant athletes; moms of multiples; and those lacking health insurance).

HEALTHY MOM, HEALTHY BABY is the first consumer guide written with the full support of the March of Dimes, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013. The organization has devoted $4 billion to supporting scientific research and educational initiatives that have improved the lives of moms and babies in the U.S. and throughout the world. It has been instrumental in helping eliminate polio, promoting the use of the Apgar score for evaluating a baby's health at birth, and informing women of childbearing age about the importance of folic acid fortification and supplements.   Scientists funded by the March of Dimes are hard at work in the fields of genetics, high-risk pregnancy, advanced care of critically ill newborns, and reducing the rate of preterm births among other important initiatives.   

About the Authors: 

Siobhan Dolan, M.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.  She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and holds a master's degree in public health from Columbia University.  The mother of three teenagers, Dr. Dolan lives with her family in Westchester, NY. 

Alice Lesch Kelly has co-written seven books about women's health and writes for many magazines, including Fit Pregnancy and Conceive.  She lives with her family in the Boston, MA area.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or  

The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide
By Siobhan Dolan, M.D. and Alice Lesch Kelly
HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
On-sale: January 29, 2013 / $19.99 Trade Paperback Original / ISBN: 9780062119292

SOURCE March of Dimes