To work, or not to work. That is the question for many a modern mama. In The Working Gal's Guide to Babyville: Your Must-Have Manual for Life with Baby, author Paige Hobey avoids taking sides in this ongoing cultural debate, but offers a guide for gals who've made the choice to return to work post-baby. Hobey, a contributing writer for Parenting and Chicago Parent, has two young children of her own and has obviously made the transition successfully herself. She teams with New York-based pediatrician (and working mom) Dr. Allison Nied to give advice on basics such as newborn care, childcare options, sleeping and eating. Not only that, but Hobey gives mothers a detailed map for re-entry into the world of work. Peppered with anecdotes, this guide has a friendly, from-one-mom-to-another conversational tone. Quick Tips from Dr. Nied appear throughout and deliver bite-size morsels of wisdom from a pediatrician's perspective.
There's not a lot of new information here, but Working Gal's Guide is chock-full of sound advice on a very timely topic. Most helpful are the appendixes in the back which include Baby-Sitter/Nanny Interview Questions and Contracts and Your New Baby Shopping List. Katherine Wyrick is a writer in Little Rock and the mother of two.