Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health

Version: Abridged
Author: Christiane Northrup
Narrator: Christiane Northrup
Genres: Relationships, Health & Wellness, Marriage & Family
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The bonds are laid down in the womb, passed from generation to generation; they continue throughout life, shaping our physical, mental, and spiritual well being. By understanding these mother-daughter bonds, we can rebuild our own health, whatever our age, and insure a healthy future for our daughters. This is the extraordinary scope and promise of Dr. Northrup's challenging new book.
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS is for every woman who's had a mother--whether or not she has kids, and even if she's filled up her house with boys. It's definitely not a book about bringing up baby, even though Dr. Northrup says "The mother is the first physician." Like THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE, it's going to change how women feel about their entire lives.
The book introduces an entirely new map of female development, built around the powerful metaphor of life as a house with many rooms. You come up from the foundation, right up the cellar stairs, when you are born, and if everything goes well, you move from one room to another every seven years or so. But you can get stuck in a room. We've all met middle-aged women who are miserable and angry because they just aren't prom queens any more. They're stuck. And we've met daughters who became prom queens to please their mothers, or still feel terrible because they didn't. They're stuck. This book offers a blueprint for getting free--for both mother and daughter.
It's also organized around the 'Five Facets of Feminine Power," which are revisited at each age and stage of development. Each has a powerful impact on physical and emotional health, including:
1) Female Biology--From a provocative treatment of the immunization controversy to a lifetime nutritionprogram.
2) Relationships and Bonding--Learning trust and independence; recognizing relationships that drain or hurt you; teaching healthy sexuality to your daughter.
3) Self-Care--From self-esteem and daily health routines to managing difficult moods and avoiding addiction.
4) Adaptability and Resourcefulness--Why training in money management is essential to women's health, and other skills for success in life.
5) Passion and Purpose--How to nurture the inner fire that keeps us alive both literally and spiritually.
Written with warmth, passion, and dazzling insight, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS is a book that will change lives and become essential reading for all women.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (2)

Mother and Daughter Wisdom

Written by Helen J. on January 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It appeared to be very basic and not very engaging. I expected more from a physican author and at times seemed more like a review of children's psychology book. Much of the book was geared towards early motherhood and really appropriate for mothers having older children.

Pseudo Medical Advice

Written by JG on August 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

For something that was supposed to have been written by a medical doctor, I found much of the information to be disappointing and inaccurate. "Your throat may hurt, because you have something to say and you are not saying it"... Yeah right, -and your ears may hurt if you listen to this load of hooey. I believe in the mind-body connection, but I don't believe it is that literal. She lost a lot of credibility with me when she started dispensing out-dated, unsubstantiated, and antiquated advice. Kind of like my mother does. (But like my mother, I think she means well).

Author Details

Author Details

Northrup, Christiane

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Christiane Northrup is a foremost advocate of women's health and wellness. She received her medical degree form Dartmouth Medical School and went on to complete her residency at Tufts New England Medical Center Affiliated Hospitals, where she received a Teacher of the Year Award at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Northrup wrote Womens' Bodies, Women's Wisdom, a book that combined holistic health with conventional medicine for optimal well being.