Today, thirty percent of all pregnancies are designated high-risk, unlike years ago when this book was first released. This core of this book was originally released in 1987 under the title, "Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: A Guide to High-Risk Pregnancies," which was a pioneer of its time. Now, more than twenty years later, the book has been vastly updated. Raab, now a full-time writer and nurse, has joined forces with world-renowned Dr. Errol Norwitz, from Yale School of Medicine to provide a staightforward and compassionate guide to managing difficult pregnancies. Raab is a journaling advocate, so the book is interspersed with journaling prompts so women can write about their own experien
Diana gives an overview of the book:
This book was born on a typewriter perched on a table built by my husband.
That table was suspended above my expanding belly during my
fi rst pregnancy in 1983. It began as a written journey of my bed-rest experience.
Over the course of a few years, my notes evolved to include information
and anecdotes from other women also experiencing diffi cult
pregnancies. Now, twenty-fi ve years later, the book is an updated guide
for women and their partners to help them navigate through their own
Even though I was a practicing nurse when I wrote the fi rst edition, I
was hungry for additional information. Friends and colleagues brought
me books focusing on “normal” pregnancies, and I felt as if I did not
fi t into any of the categories described. I was not having a normal preg-
nancy. That was my impetus to write this book. My hope is that if women
understand what is happening inside of them they will gain confi dence
in themselves, what they are going through, and the decisions they make.
Many of the women interviewed for the anecdotes told me that my book
had taken the mystery out of their problems. Oft en, our imagination is
much worse than reality.
High-risk pregnancies are not fun. They seem to drag on forever. By
sharing my story with you, I hope to help you see the light at the end of
your tunnel. Today, my husband and I have three healthy children, two
daughters and a son—the happy ending to our story. But reaching this
point was far from easy.
My husband and I are both career professionals and worked for fi ve
Since childhood, Diana has been fascinated with the written word. As an only child of working parents, she spent lots of time alone, which she filled with reading a great deal of books and filling the pages of many journals. That's how she liked to keep busy. She always...