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fertilityPerfect Hormone Balance for Fertility: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Robert A. Greene, M.D., and Laurie Tarkan. Three Rivers Press (April, 2008)

 “An insightful, encouraging, and provocative toolbox for couples seeking fertility.”
—Dr. Mehmet Oz, the co-author of the You series of books

Reader reviews:
I feel like this is a book I can recommend to any couple experiencing infertility. What's great about the book is that it's packed with science, but written in a way that is not overly technical—Jennifer Griola

Dr. Greene's book on fertility is the best book I have read on this topic. It is clearly written and well laid out and packed full of very useful information. I have read several other books on fertility and Dr. Greene's book is without question the best and most informative. –Tracy Scallet


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pregnancyDr. Robert Greene's Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy: A Groundbreaking Plan for Having a Healthy Baby and Feeling Great,  by Robert A. Greene, M.D. and Laurie Tarkan. Three Rivers Press; (April 17, 2007)

Review from Pregnancy magazine
“Are you putting up with a lot of discomfort instead of sailing through pregnancy? ? If your answer is yes, this new book by an ob/gyn and reproductive endocrinologist might be for you…The book introduces you to what hormones are in effect during and after pregnancy and how they impact you and your baby, with a focus on relieving symptoms by altering your diet and lifestyle (and, in rare cases, with medications and hormone treatments). It features a trimester-by-trimester guide to taking good care of yourself, plus sections on labor and the postpartum period, with special troubleshooting chapters that cover sexuality, body image, lack of sleep, breast pain, and whirling emotions. Quizzes, Q&As, and a personal approach make it seem like the doctor is right there with you.”
—Pregnancy Magazine, June 2007

Reader review
Highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know up-to-date and accurate info. I've read a lot of the pregnancy books out there, and most of them cover the same stuff in the same way. This one takes a different angle and doing so teaches you a whole lot more about what is going on and what to expect or ask. As an epidemiologist myself, I felt reassured by recognizing that much of the literature he references for topics I already knew about (the nutrition) is very recent and from good studies. I learned a lot from this book and felt like I had better knowledge on what to ask my doctor and what to be concerned about.  Also, though it has tons of detail in it, the author writes very clearly, succinctly, and in a friendly voice, making it easy to take it all in.
–Nancy, reader

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happybabyHappy Baby, Healthy Mom Pregnancy Journal: A week-to-week plan for having a healthy baby and feeling great through pregnancy and the postpartum experience, by Robert A. Greene M.D. and Laurie Tarkan (Diary - December, 2007).

Reader review
"When you have a baby everyone tells you to enjoy and record every moment because they go by so fast, and that’s so incredibly true. But nobody tells you when you get pregnant to take lots of pictures and record even the yucky moments because there will come a time when you will wish you remembered. The Happy Baby, Healthy Mom Pregnancy Journal can help you do just that but in addition to being a place to record the dirty details it also offers a week-to-week plan devised by Dr. Robert Greene for obtaining optimal health throughout pregnancy and the first 12 crazy weeks of the postpartum period. It contains indispensable tips about healthy eating for two, keeping fit, and relieving those oh so many discomforts. It also guides you through each doctor’s appointment, offers advice about prenatal testing, and includes questionnaires for tracking common and not-so-common pregnancy symptoms. I am a firm believer in 'Congratulations on conceiving!' gifts and this will be yet another of my go-to-gifts for expecting mamas."
—The Opinionated Parent, online

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mother's breastMy Mother's Breast: Daughters Face Their Mothers' Cancer, by Laurie Tarkan, Taylor Trade Publishing (April, 1999)

Review from Publishers Weekly
Tarkan, a health and medical writer, describes the emotional turmoil and special concerns of daughters whose mothers have been diagnosed with breast cancer, drawing upon the personal reflections of those same women. According to Tarkan, the way daughters are affected by their mothers' breast cancer is as varied as the women themselves. While some of these daughters deal with their mother's cancer with optimism and hope, others fall into a deep depression, and several go so far as to avoid their mothers altogether. Mothers describe their own hopes, fears and concerns about their daughters, who, most often, have cared for them during the course of their disease. To help these daughters help themselves, Tarkan gives information culled from cancer experts and other health-care professionals on the real risks associated with breast cancer and reducing that risk, when possible. A sensitive discussion on whether daughters should be genetically tested for breast cancer and an emphasis on the need to take emotional as well as physical care of oneself makes this important reading for daughters as well as their families and friends. 

Reader Reviews:
The book was extremely well written and very easy to read. Its content was powerful, honest and informative. It moved with grace from one chapter to the next and never became bogged down in detail or data. From the perspective of a mother who has had breast cancer, it was painful to see, in black and white, so many of the issues that my daughters have had to face. I think any mother and daughter who have had an experience with prolonged and serious illness of the mother, would greatly benefit from reading your book.—Valerie Hodge-Williams, reader

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