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Readorama: TV reporter turns to research to quell pregnancy fears

Carey Wickersham calls her new book a “high-tech pregnancy book.”
Carey Wickersham calls her new book a “high-tech pregnancy book.”

Carey Wickersham considers her new pregnancy guide a triumph over fear.

“There’s this pervasive thought that, as pregnant women, we should be scared of everything,” said Wickersham, a reporter with WDAF-TV.

In her first pregnancy, Wickersham learned during an ultrasound procedure at 20 weeks that the hearts of her twin girls were not beating. Wickersham delivered them stillborn.

When she became pregnant again, fear returned.

“As a journalist I decided to equalize the fear by digging into the research,” she said.

The result of that is “The Wonder Within You.” Although there is no shortage of pregnancy manuals, Wickersham’s book offers an interactive dimension: Web links and QR codes that connect readers to 40 vivid ultrasound videos illustrating the entire range of pregnancy. Prenatal Imaging Centers in Kansas City captured the videos.

“I’m billing this as the most high-tech pregnancy book in the history of the world,” she said. “It is very easy to be fearful, yet our bodies were designed to give birth and I really feel this book infuses joy into pregnancy.”

Wickersham and her husband have two children, 9 and 13. She dedicated the book to Hannah and Hope, her stillborn daughters. The book, Wickersham said, is their legacy.

Wickersham will meet readers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Restoration Emporium, 1300 Liberty St.. More information is available at thewonderwithinyou.com.

Margaret Atwood at KU Monday

Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood speaks Monday at the University of Kansas.

Doors at the Kansas Union Ballroom will open at 6:15 p.m. A book-signing and reception will follow Atwood’s 7 p.m. presentation. The author’s new book is “Stone Mattress,” a collection of short fiction.

Atwood has written more than 30 books, among them the novels “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Robber Bride.” She will be delivering the annual Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture. Past speakers in the series have included designer Bruce Mau and writer Rebecca Solnit.

The event is free and open to the public.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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