Never mind a kid, how can you get a pregnant woman to sleep soundly through the night? According to Jodi Kantor's NYT article, you take away her copy of What To Expect When You're Expecting:
...The woman-to-woman tone and the folksy-looking pastel jacket may fool prospective readers into thinking they will receive warm affirmations.Kantor looks at the WTE series' evolution to find out why it's so full of worst-case scenarios and "the catalog of horrors at the book's end." The explanation can be found in this quote from WTE brand-empress Heidi Murkoff, which I brazenly took out of context: "The last thing I want to do is scare a pregnant woman."
But the peer-to-peer approach can feel "way more doctrinaire and oppressive than any expert ever would have presumed to be," said Ann Hulbert, the author of Raising America: Experts, Parents and a Century of Advice About Children.
Scare your pregnant woman with a new copy of What To Epect When You're Expecting--NOW! 10% LESS ALARMIST THAN THE OLD EDITION HER GIRLFRIEND GAVE HER!--at Amazon [amazon.com]
Expecting Trouble: The Book They Love to Hate [nyt]