The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Baby Before Their Bottom Line



The Business of Baby uses a combination of investigative journalism and first-person narrative to challenge our common wisdom about infant care, showing how this wisdom is often influenced—at the expense of the child's well-being—by the financial interests of big business. Taking a hard-nosed look at everything from potty training to circumcision to baby food to ‘education’ toys, among other things, Margulis employs her signature traits of fearless reporting and tight sourcing to paint a startling and at times alarming picture of the things we do and take for granted when caring our babies.



US publisher: Scribner

Foreign rights sold: Romanian to S.C. Editura International

Foreign rights contact: Paul O'Halloran (Paul.O’

Film rights contact: Gillian MacKenzie (


“Worthy of close consideration by parents.” --Kirkus Reviews


"Jennifer Margulis's searing and well-researched exposé is a must-read for expectant mothers. Whether she is discussing common obstetric practices, circumcision, vaccination, breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, diapering, or choosing a pediatrician, she points the way to rational, health-based decision-making." --Ina May Gaskin


“Pregnancy and childbirth are wildly vulnerable times, and one is desperate to put one's faith in the doctor. Jennifer Margulis reveals why that trust is sometimes misplaced, and helps us to make wise choices when the stakes are high. This is a must-read book for parents and parents-to-be, and for the medical professionals who care for us.” --Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules


"A new mother's first instinct is to protect her newborn. But how can she best do that in a consumer culture so focused on its bottom line? The Business of Baby exposes some hard and shocking facts about how even the most well-meaning American parents unwittingly buy into systems that do documented harm. Thought-provoking and exhaustively researched, this book is destined to inspire much-needed dialogue about the current American way of birthing and caring for our young." --Hope Edelman, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters


"If you have children, no matter what the age, buy this book. The Business of Baby will be an important part of the evolution of parenting as we currently know it." --Michelle O'Neil, Full Soul Ahead