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It's a Baby Girl!: The Unique Wonder and Special Nature of Your Daughter From Pregnancy to Two Years

ISBN: 978-0-470-44111-4
176 pages
December 2008, Jossey-Bass


Very practical science based tips and guidelines and stories for moms and dads of baby girls. Including:
  • Why you need a book just about girls. The very different health issues, genetic predisposition, hard wiring, neurological and biological development of girls, including unique strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to understand the core nature of your girl and nourish it through problems of crying, fussing, eating, sleeping, attaching and other key issues during the first 12 months of life.
  • Warm hearted stories about girls and tips from real moms, and a preview of what's to come for girls as they become toddlers, preschool kids, pubescent and beyond.
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Table of Contents



Introduction: It’s a Baby Girl!

1 The Girl Inside You.

2 Her First Year.

3 Gazing into the Future: Toddler and Preschool Girls.

4 A Baby Girl Is a Family Affair! Circles of Support.


Resources for Parents of Girls.

The Gurian Institute.

About the Authors.


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Author Information

Stacie Bering, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who has practiced and taught obstetrics and gynecology for twenty-five years in Spokane, Washington, where she skis and travels with her husband, Jeffry, and their grown children Cassie and Zack.

Adie Goldberg, ACSW, MEd, is a board-certified social worker who has been a psychiatric social worker at WomanHealth, an OB-GYN practice, for twenty years and is certified at the Gurian Institute. She lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband and youngest daughter, Chloe.

Michael Gurian is the founder of the Gurian Institute and author of Nurture the Nature, The Minds of Boys, The Wonder of Boys, Boys and Girls Learn Differently, and The Wonder of Girls. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.

The Gurian Institute is committed to providing both science-based information and practical and relevant applications for everyday life. The staff of certified trainers helps to build self-sufficiency in communities. To learn more, please visit www.gurianinstitute.com.

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"Told with gentle humor and with stories and wisdom gleaned from personal and professional experience, It’s a Baby Girl! is not only the best "how to" on raising your little girl, but also captures the magic and challenge of parenting."
--Pam Silverstein, MD, FACOG obstetrician -gynecologist and founder of WomanHealth

"It's a Baby Girl! explains the development and functioning of the female brain. If you are raising a girl, this is a book you really need to read"
--Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D., author Nurturing Parenting Programs; Executive Director, Family Nurturing Centers, International

"Reading It's a Baby Girl! is akin to reading a good guidebook before and during a trip: your experience is richer as you deepen your understanding of what you are seeing, doing, and experiencing. If you are preparing for a new baby girl or have a friend or relative with a daughter, this book will be a delight."
--Lynne H. Williams, MD, Co-Author, The Too Precious Child

"IT’S A BABY GIRL! is thoughtfully research-based, yet perceptively practical for any parent who has just been blessed by the gift of a girl. Parents will close the book truly understanding why girls and boys are different in so many ways, and how to nurture the nature of their daughter."
--Fay E. Brown, Ph.D. Director, Child and Adolescent Development, Yale University

"For years I have heard new parents lament that their babies don't come with a manual. Now they do! It’s a Baby Girl! is a must-have addition to the parenting library!"
--Pat Crum, Director and co-Founder of the Family Nurturing Center of Michigan

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