In one + one = three: the wondrous journey from conception to birth, Dr Melodie de Jager takes us on the thought provoking journey of Zani, – a modern young woman with a tad of neurosis, who wants a baby (pretty much like an item on a shopping list) – from falling pregnant, to staying pregnant, and finally, to giving birth.
With this mystical and life changing event ahead of her, Zani has to sift through the mounds of ‘knowledge’ on Google, reflect on a less than happy childhood and a poor relationship with her mother, heed the wisdom and spiritual insights of a childless coffee shop owner, Vee, and navigate her unlikely friendship with Sky, a feisty, pregnant earth child.
Zani is blessed to have Jake in her life – a man any woman would dream of – mature, wise and committed. He volunteers a peek into a male’s perspective on impending fatherhood and pregnancy, as he juggles his job, and a hormone riddled Zani, while trying to figure out what’s best…
Melodie has woven her experience as a mother and student of human nature with her expertise as a neuro-developmental educator, to tell this story at a time when the very fabric of humanity seems to be fraying at the edges. The nifty layout of the book provides the option of either joining Zani on her relentless pursuit of information, or skimming over her ‘scientific research’ to simply enjoy the wonder of conception and the unfolding miracle of a human baby.
Available in English and Afrikaans