"Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth": Awards, Accolades & A Book Giveaway

February 10, 2009

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” has received a number of accolades from doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas and, of course, women who are pregnant or hoping to be soon. It’s a real delight to see how many bloggers refer the book to readers.

Now “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” is gaining recognition in some important book circles.

Library Journal recently identified the book as one of the Best Consumer Health titles of 2008, noting that it provides “comprehensive coverage of pregnancy and birth within a psychosocial and political context.”

And “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” is a finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award. Here’s the background:

Honoring the best self-improvement books in 2008, an esteemed panel of book sellers and magazine, book club and television book editors chose five finalists from more than 400 entries for each of ten categories, including childcare/parenting, first book, inspirational memoir, motivational, psychology, relationships, spiritual, wellness, and the newly created audiobook and green categories.

We’ll find out Feb. 23 if we’ve won. The awards ceremony is a fancy affair in Manhattan, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Meredith Vieira, co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” and member of the chapter’s board of trustees, is hosting the ceremony.

OBOS has been nominated in the “wellness” category, and there’s some stiff competition. To be honest, we’d prefer not to go up against “In Defense of Food” — it’s a great book by one our favorite authors, Michael Pollan — but we’re thrilled to be in the same company.

To celebrate these honors, we’re giving away a free copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” to a lucky commenter on the blog. Just leave a comment, on any entry, by Saturday and you’ll automatically be included in a random drawing. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, Feb. 16. Good luck!


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