Agnes Wold & Cecilia Chrapkowska
Agnes Wold, MD, PhD works as Professor and Senior Consultant at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a board-certified specialist in Clinical Bacteriology and Clinical Immunology. Wold’s research mainly concerns establishment of the commensal microbiota in infancy and the relation of commensal colonization to allergy development. She holds an honorary doctorate at the Chalmers University of Technology and has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Karolinska Institute. Wold is an experienced lecturer and an avid popular educator who writes monthly chronicles in the Swedish political magazine Fokus. She has been debating and researching on matters regarding the poor academic careers of academic women and was an expert in the ETAN report on Women in Science in the EU in 2000. She has served as the chairwoman of the Swedish Association of Academic Women and was named Woman of the Year by the daily newspaper Expressen in 2016.
Cecilia Chrapkowska, MD is a board-certified specialist in Pediatrics, educated at the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg and the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm. She’s a PhD student at the Karolinska Institute and conducts research on the efficacy of child vaccination programmes. Under the nickname Doctor Cecilia she runs one of Sweden’s most popular blogs on parenting and children Barnakuten. Chrapkowska regularly contributes as an expert and chronicler in magazines and websites focused on parenting. She currently works at the Alva pediatric clinic in Stockholm, Sweden.
Together, Wold and Chrapkowska set out to write a fully science-based parental guide addressing all parents – regardless of gender or family construction. They wanted to debunk myths related to pregnancy and infancy, and to provide the tools for parents to become equal in their parenthood. Parenthood the Swedish Way was published in August, 2017 and has been translated into fourteen languages.
“Agnes Wold has been a guiding hand when I’ve been pregnant and had small children. A more comforting hand than various parenting bibles, a more allowing hand than the leaflets from the maternity care and the child health centers. She gives the parent more room to be a human being, and less bad conscience. […] What parents need is advice based on science and level-headed tips. And some encouragement.”
“Are you of the opinion that the Trump administration relies on alternative facts? That is nothing compared to what women are confronted with as soon as they get pregnant. In the parallell pregnancy reality the alt-facts are commonplace. ‘Truths’ are constantly foisted on you, and shockingly enough they often turn out to be intrusive opinions, moralism, or pure inventions. […] If The Handmaid’s Tale is an exaggerated and dramatized reminder of the anxiety of becoming breeding stock, Wold & Chrapkowska’s book can be a crucial antidote. One by one, they deal with some well-known ‘truths’ related to bearing and birthing and propogated by official institutions, e.g. the variety of advice on what you can eat and drink during pregnancy and breastfeeding – some are correct while other recommendations seem to have been inspired by Christian faith and morality rather than rooted in science.”
Dagens Nyheter (SE)
“From pregnancy and birth, to feeding and sleeping, to vaccines and illnesses, Parenthood the Swedish Way addresses all aspects of parenting and infant health in an empathetic and realistic way. New parents will appreciate this straightforward and thoroughly researched resource that picks apart outdated advice and debunks myths about parenthood.”
“Doctors Chrapkowska and Wold do much to dispel the common misconceptions around child-rearing by providing a commonsense, scientific approach. Even if you’re not involved in the parenting business, there’s much to be gleaned from a Swedish take on this crucial undertaking.”
Happy Mag (UK)