Media Reviews

by Simone Snyder, LMT, ICCE

 “One Recumbent Mommy”

A Humorous encounter with bed rest

By Rachel Blumenthal

I have never worked with a mom on bed rest but I would like to think I would attempt to approach it the same way Rachel did in her book, with humor. What else can you do? Your outlook and the way you react to the situation is very important, especially when dealing with bed rest in pregnancy. I am so happy this book exists.

This book is part journal, part blog about the author’s experience with being placed on bed rest. At twenty weeks she was told she had an incompetent cervix and was checked in to the hospital. Her husband brought her the computer and encouraged her to start writing. What we are given is the edited version of the blog she wrote that was originally designed to keep her family and friends updated as time went on.

I have to say it is very funny. She writes about all the “ups and downs, ins and outs” of being stuck in bed. She even includes some photos. I can see myself lending this book to a friend or client who finds themselves in a similar position. I think it is also a good read for those of us working with pregnant women because it gives us the opportunity to feel what it might be like, to see it from a different perspective. I enjoyed this book very much and appreciate that Rachel was brave enough to share her experience with the world.

“Wherever I am, I will love you still”

A book about extended hospital stay

By Rachel Blumenthal

Illustrated by Juliette Kopp

Written by the same author this book is designed for big brothers and sisters. It is the account of a little boys experience with his mom having to  stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. It was designed to help the older sibling understand the situation and give him or her something to relate to. Just like we prepare siblings for the arrival for a new baby, this book is a good resource to have on hand for families that might need extra support for their older child.

For Evite of two booksThis week you can find both the One Recumbent Mommy and Wherever I Am, I Will Love You Still e-books on sale at the RSPLaunchpad store.  Click here for more information on how to get this great deal! http://shop.rsplaunchpad.com/main.sc

Here is the most recent review of my books, published at The Motherhood Collective.  The review, in its entirety, can be read here: http://www.themotherhoodcollective.org/book-review-one-recumbent-mommy-by-rachel-blumenthal/

Come to Barnes and Noble at Potomac Yard in Alexandria on Saturday, December 8, 2012 for a Maury Elementary Fundraiser.  The event lasts all day, but I will be there from 5-5:30 PM reading and signing my picture book, Wherever I Am, I Will Love You Still: A Book About An Extended Hospital Stay.  Please join me if you can!

Come check one more thing off your holiday gift list!  I will be signing and selling copies of my books at the OT Chanukah Bazaar from 9-1.

Olam Tikvah

3800 Glenbrook Road

Fairfax, VA

The Jewish Book Festival runs from November 1-11, 2012 at the JCC of Northern Virginia 8900 Little River Turnpike Fairfax, VA.  I will be there on Sunday, November 11 from 2-4 pm as part of the A Literary Taste With Local Authors program.  You can find out more about this program and the festival in general here.

Join Rachel Blumenthal and Juliette Kopp on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Hooray for Books! independent bookstore, 1555 King Street Alexandria, VA for the launch of One Recumbent Mommy: A Humorous Encounter With Bedrest and Wherever I Am, I Will Love You Still: A Book About An Extended Hospital Stay.

Book signing, discussion of writing and illustrating process, and Q & A session will take place.  RSVP to rachel@rachelblumenthalbooks.com Image

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