by Jessica Wolstenholm & Dr. Heather Rupe
A doctor's counsel and a girlfriend's wisdom combine to create an information-packed, inspiration-filled resource for the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of pregnancy.
Halfway through her own pregnancy, author Jessica Wolstenholm realized that although she rushed to every book sitting on her bookshelf each time she encountered a question or a scary symptom, she found that the information there, while accurate, usually led to further questions or deeper fear, without the comfort she needed. "If you are experiencing cramping," the book would explain, "it is very normal. However, you could be experiencing a miscarriage so consult your physician." Fortunately for Jessica, she had the benefit of Dr. Heather Rupe, a Christian OB who answered every question with utmost honesty and accuracy, yet always included assurance that God was involved in every moment.
Not all women have the benefit of a Christian OB, but they can have the next best thing in The Pregnancy Companion. This valuable book contains the same quality medical information as any "expecting" book on the market, infused with thought-provoking and spiritual messages. Organized in chapters that follow an expectant mother's OB appointment schedule, this unique resource will equip them for a faith-filled journey through an informed and joyful pregnancy.
Jessica Wolstenholm currently serves as Sr. Brand Manager at Creative Trust in Nashville, TN. With over 10 years experience in the music and publishing industries, Jessica has been named one of Billboard Magazine's Top 30 Executives Under 30. In 2006 she contributed to Broadman and Holman's devotional worship Bible. Jessica is a graduate of Belmont University where she studied music business. She resides in Nolensville, TN with her husband and baby girl.
Dr. Heather Rupe is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Rupe is from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University majoring in Biomedical Chemistry. She went on to medical school at Oklahoma State University where she discovered a passion for OB/GYN. Dr. Rupe has been an OB/GYN for 4 years and has delivered over 1000 babies. Her practice includes minimally invasive procedures such as endometrial ablation, Essure permanent birth control, and laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. Dr. Heather Rupe is a partner at Women's Group of Franklin located in Franklin, TN, where she resides with her husband and son.
"The depth and accuracy of the medical information presented in The Pregnancy Companion is impressive. Dr. Heather Rupe has an uncanny ability to present complex medical material in a way that is both understandable and enjoyable to read. The Pregnancy Companion offers a balanced presentation of medical information from a Christian perspective and, supplemented with Jessica Wolstenholm's patient perspective, is an uplifting and thought-provoking read of what to anticipate during pregnancy."
- Dr. Michael DeRoche, Perinatologist, Greater Nashville Perinatology
"Dr. Heather Rupe and Jessica Wolstenholm have composed a guide that is both comprehensive and inspirational. The journey through pregnancy, its unknowns, and sometimes its losses can be life-altering. With this book the authors have provided a spiritual and medical compendium for women everywhere with which to navigate that path."
- Rebecca Bell, D.O., FACOG, Franklin, TN
"Dr. Rupe is a kind and caring physician. Her patients benefit from her compassion, dedication, and professional attitude. Readers will also find this to be true of her guidance in The Pregnancy Companion."
- Dawn Pekarek, MD, Akron, OH
"Finally, a pregnancy book that is both practical and Biblical! Jessica's honest perspective is refreshing and encouraging, while Dr. Rupe's expertise is useful and accessible for any mother-to-be. I read The Pregnancy Companion after my first child was born but am looking forward to reading it again when I am actually pregnant! What a helpful resource for the expectant mother."
- Meredith Andrews, Worship Leader and Recording Artist
"When I was pregnant with each of my children I devoured just about every thing I could get my hands on to help me understand better what I was experiencing and what I could expect with each passing milestone. In all of my researching and reading, I never came across anything quite like The Pregnancy Companion. Jessica Wolstenholm and Dr. Heather Rupe have provided an incredibly informational and inspirational companion for women who are walking through the hard-to-describe realities of pregnancy. Weaving the facets of the whole person - mind, spirit, and body - they have created a resource that really has it all. I am thrilled that this resource is available for women today and I can't wait to give this book to women who are entering this journey themselves!"
- Shelley Hendrix, Founder of church4chicks.com and host of Atlanta Live!
"Finally! A common sense, easy to understand, month by month guide to the most exciting nine months in a woman's life. Complete with baby stats, mommy stats, symptom checklists, and mommy quotes, Jessica and Heather have left nothing uncovered. As a parent who has made this journey with his wife six times, I can tell you that, The Pregnancy Companion, is an exciting and informative must read for every want-to-be mom and dad."
- Joe McGee President, Faith For Families, Tulsa, OK
"The Pregnancy Companion is a marvelous resource for expectant moms who are looking for a guide on how to have a healthy, happy and holy pregnancy. Pregnancy is an exciting and joyous journey. But it can also be a journey filled with uncertainty if you don't have some seasoned guides to help you find your way. Jessica Wolstenholm and Dr. Heather Rupe are two such guides—committed Christian moms, one being an obstetrician, who have a heart to help those expecting to have a spiritually rich, physically healthy pregnancy and delivery. With The Pregnancy Companion they have succeeded on both counts. I recommend this book highly."
- Dale Evrist, Senior Pastor, New Song Christian Fellowship Nashville
"At the intersection of making babies and following God, there is The Pregnancy Companion. A unique blend of medically sound pregnancy information and faith filled words of wisdom for mothers to be, this book is a gem. As myself a mother of five for whom both mothering and faith are paramount, I can only wish this book would have been in my hands when I was pregnant with my babies! The Pregnancy Companion is the perfect partner for an expectant mother who wants the best for herself, her baby and her family."
- Jennifer McKinney, mother of five and author of the blog MckMama.com
Dimensions (inches): 9 x 6
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