Eight years ago, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and wrote a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript. And now, that manuscript has become The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. You can click here to read it for free or order a hard copy; if you’re a blogger, click here to find out how you can enter to win a $4,400 Naturepedic organic mattress by sharing about the book!
I decided to design and publish The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond after banging my head against the brick wall of agents and publishers who told me the market for eco-focused pregnancy books was saturated. Although I knew my pregnancy book was different—the sass of the Girlfriend’s Guide meets the essential info of Dr. Greene—I was so tired of fighting that I put the manuscript in a drawer and forgot about it.
Until a few months ago, when a friend called in a panic to ask about VOCs—her infant nephew had just been admitted to the hospital and was having trouble breathing, and his parents were looking to reduce the toxic chemicals in his environment. After sharing information through email, text and phone calls, I realized: This would be so much easier if I could just send them my book.
And the drawer was opened once more.
Thanks so much to Acure Organics, Barlean’s, Mixbook, Naturepedic and Weleda, whose support made this book possible. You can read the book for free by clicking here. If you want to order a $22 limited edition copy of The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
And a giant THANK YOU to the amazing parents, soon-to-be parents, and people who just love kids in the Mommy Greenest community. Your emails, comments, likes and shares inspire me each and every day. I can’t wait to hear what all of you think after you’ve had a chance to click through The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond!
*That’s Chloe on the cover, and that’s also her inside my gigantic belly in the pregnancy section!