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

By Christine Cupaiuolo — 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!


17 responses to ““Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth”: Awards, Accolades & A Book Giveaway”

  1. Congratulations on a nomination and hope that you get it. I am a new viewer on your web site and am enjoying all the information and open conversations you bring and I am glad that it is a connection to a book that has been influencing women’s health and knowledge and trying to involve all types of women and women’s experiences. Keep up the good work.

  2. Cool! I’m sure the book deserves it. I know I’ll be seeking it out if I ever happen to be pregnant! 🙂

  3. I am in week 30 of my first pregnancy and an avid reader. I have naturally gravitated to reading a lot about pregnancy, birth and other related topics as I journey to motherhood. I was thrilled to discover OBOS: Pregnancy & Birth at my library early on in my pregnancy as OBOS has been for many years a source and resource I trust. Even though I am Canadian and having my baby in Canada there is still much in the book that applies to my situation and for this I am grateful. I will definitely be recommending this book to friends and relatives when they undertake this journey.

    Congratulations on the nomination — it is well deserved!

    p.s. if you are ever looking for a writer, editor for print or web, I would love to work for OBOS!

  4. Oooh, oooh, me me me me!!

    Congrats on the nomination. You are in some fantastic company with Michael Pollan, which is a supreme complement to you, too!

  5. There is so much fear surrounding what it means to be a pregnant American woman, and I have heard of and experienced ways in which women’s agency has been denied or summarily and actively removed, that it is refreshing to have OBOS to guide women back to their power and true inherent beauty in pregnancy and birth (no matter what their choices).

    I am currently coming up on my 35th week of pregnancy and wish I had begun educating myself with OBOS instead of some of the other “stuff” that is out there.

    Thanks and best of luck with the nomination!

  6. Wow! Congrat at the nod. Our stories are so important – all of them, the good, the bad and the devestating. You demonstrate such compassion in deleivering them all!

  7. Ourbodies Ourselves has always been a wealth of knowledge and experiences. The books include and encourage women from all walks of life. What a gift to have another one.

  8. When I was a music student in USA I had the good luck of reading Our Bodies Ourselves. Even being a man I became very impressed, and I turned myself in a better man. Now, in Brazil, I have always commented about that marvelous book with friends, women or men, and all want to know more about it.

    Good luck



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