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  • Published: 9 June 2020
  • ISBN: 9780593157961
  • Imprint: Bantam US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $44.99

A Child Is Born

The fifth edition of the beloved classic--completely revised and updated


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The miracle of life—for a new generation. The completely revised fifth edition of the beloved classic offers an astonishing glimpse of the world within the womb alongside authoritative advice for expectant parents.

Deep inside a woman’s body, a miracle occurs. An egg and sperm meet and a new human being is created. Through the unique photographs of Lennart Nilsson, we see the fascinating process of fertilization unfold and watch as an embryo develops from a tiny cluster of cells into a fetus, growing and maturing day by day until the time comes to meet the world outside the womb. The book also describes pregnancy from a parent's perspective, diving into maternity care, health during pregnancy, prenatal testing, and labor and delivery.

First published nearly fifty years ago, A Child Is Born broke astonishing new ground, bringing the magic of pregnancy and birth to life. This is the fifth edition of the beloved international classic, which teams Nilsson’s classic medical photographs with new documentary photographs by Linda Forsell and a revised text by professor Lars Hamberger and midwife Gudrun Abascal.

  • Pub date: 9 June 2020
  • ISBN: 9780593157961
  • Imprint: Bantam US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $44.99

About the Authors

Lennart Nilsson

Lennart Nilsson was born in 1922 near Stockholm. His breakthrough photo-essays were published both in Sweden and abroad, for magazines such as Life, Picture Post and Illustrated. In the mid-1950s Nilsson started experimenting with new photographic techniques, using microscopes to reveal the human body's inner mysteries. In 1965 his groundbreaking images illustrating the beginning of life, from conception to birth, were published in the book, A Child is Born, which has since been translated into twenty languages. He has also made several award-winning films. Lennart Nilsson was designated an Honorary Doctor of Medicine by the Karolinska Institute in 1976 and he is Honorary Doctor of Philosophy of the Technische Unversität Braunschweig in Germany as well as of Linköping University in Sweden His hugely acclaimed book Life was published in 2005.


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