Update: January 20, 2022 5:02 p.m. IS
New Delhi [India], Jan 20 (ANI/PR Newswire): Author and neonatologist Dr. Saroja Balan said: “My own experience of raising a child without family support, and only my Nelson Textbook of Paediatrics as a company, m made me realize that today’s young parents would greatly benefit from having a calculator ready. And yet, how was I going to incorporate all that I had learned in my 34 years of medical practice? This book has been written with as little medical jargon as possible, to help answer the most asked questions that come to me. The book includes charts, shopping lists, travel tips and red flags. It aims to make the easy and joyful parenting, while letting parents know when they need to see a doctor urgently.
Diya Kar, Managing Editor at HarperCollins India, said: “When I had a baby, I wanted a book that told me what to expect: sleepless nights, breastfeeding issues, grandmothers intentions and their advice… It’s that book.. Dr. Balan tells it like it is. Her pragmatic yet compassionate approach makes her the best pediatrician ever. And I love her desi recipes.
Becoming a parent can be both terrifying and exciting. There will be a million questions, from how to prepare for birth to how to feed baby, what to expect in terms of growth and what vaccines the baby needs. Everything can be overwhelming. “Helpful tips” often end up confusing, and the internet can be a source of panic.
In her thirty years of practice, pediatrician Dr. Saroja Balan has met thousands of parents and found herself answering the same questions. Although she believes that parenting is all about learning on the job, she knows that a little help can go a long way. Written specifically for Indian parents, ‘It’s Your Baby’ is the best support to accompany their journey.
It is intended to help determine when a child needs to see a doctor and when you can manage things on your own. Covering basics such as sleep, breastfeeding and common ailments, it also includes everything you need to know about screen time, childhood obesity, pollution and parenting styles, helping to navigate the first two years of parenthood. Dr. Balan’s reassuring and pragmatic approach makes this the essential guide to a safe, healthy child – and a more confident you!
“I started reading the book and just couldn’t stop. It’s a comprehensive book for today’s parents – it has everything they need to know – for them to learn from an experienced pediatrician rather than internet blogs!Till date we don’t have such a comprehensive book which is written keeping in mind the Indian urban context.Paediatricians starting their practice will also benefit immensely , as it contains all the answers to common parent questions in an easy way,” said pediatrician Dr. Arun Wadhwa.
“This is a must-read and a must-have for parents-to-be, new parents, and for students and practitioners of pediatrics. What shines through is the tremendous insight and empathy of Dr. Saroja Balan who made her the go-to pediatrician, empowering generations of parents,” said Raj Kamal Jha, Rain’s father.
“Dr. Balan’s extensive clinical experience, common sense and candor have come to the rescue of many of us as we struggled with parenthood. With this work, she is doing what Dr. Spock did for post-war America – bringing solid advice to your bedside so distant grandparents can get a good night’s rest, while sharing delicious homemade recipes!” says Gopal Sankaranarayanan, the father of Anika, Ameya and Arjun
“Written in a conversational style, It’s Your Baby is an invaluable resource for new parents. Dr. Saroja Balan held my hand and taught me how to care for my baby when I became a mother. This book offers the same access to her expert, practical and pragmatic advice on the day-to-day issues and challenges of parenthood, especially in the Indian context,” said Shivani Sibal, Anina and Anisha’s mother.
“Dr. Balan is the best! In this book, just as she does for her patients in her practice, she reminds us that a healthy baby has happy and confident parents. Dr. Balan anticipates and assuages the most tips for new parents, giving practical tips and suggestions based on decades of experience. A must read!” said Devaki Nambiar, Kleio and Callie’s mother.
“Dr. Balan’s accurate diagnosis of every health issue my children have faced, from infancy through adolescence, makes me believe she has a special gift as a doctor. Our children’s connection to her lasted longer than their childhood, which is rare and precious. This book captures the richness of Dr. Balan’s experience and her accurate retelling of simple to complicated childhood ailments. I only wish she had written this book 18 years ago when I was a freshly minted parent,” said Manisha Natarajan, Riva and Siddharth’s mother.
“In an age of information overload, Dr. Balan cuts through the noise to create this unique guide – simple, filtered and authoritative,” said Anjali and Pranab Dhal Samanta, Divena’s parents.
“Dr. Balan is that rare doctor: the perfect combination of technical genius and parent-friendly pragmatism. We were incredibly lucky to have his advice – and now everyone can too, with this book!” said Sapna Desai, epidemiologist.
“I must commend Dr. Saroja Balan for writing such a readable and informative book. The experience of so many years and the wisdom gained over years of treating babies and children is evident when one reads What to expect during childbirth, possible problems in the newborn period, newborn care, vaccinations, normal growth and development as well as common and less common problems are explained. a parent has a question, the answer is right there in the book. Every question is answered simply and with great clarity. There is a solution to every problem you might face as a new parent. There is no longer any need to ask ‘Dr Google’ for advice!” said pediatric neonatologist Dr Vidya Gupta.
Dr. Saroja Balan is a Senior Consultant Neonatologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care as well as Pediatric Outpatient Practice. She is a graduate of Madras Medical College, trained in paediatrics and neonatology in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow. Dr. Balan consults as a pediatrician at BabyCenter, the essential online platform for new parents. She has written several articles in medical journals and publications.
HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has received the Publisher of the Year award four times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016, 2018 and 2021. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.
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